Friday, February 23, 2007

Free McCarren Pool Concerts Are On for Summer

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Get ready for more free shows at McCarren Pool this summer. Brooklyn Vegan has reported that Jelly NYC, which produced last summer's free shows at McCarren is doing another series of nine shows this summer. They'll also have a benefit for the Open Space Alliance, which is said to be taking over management of the pool space next year with the ultimate goal of turning it into a pool again.

Pool Aid has pronounced itself happy with the free shows, but whether neighborhood groups--some of which had asked the Parks Department for quieter programming this summer--are enthusiastic remains to be seen. The Parks Department has conducted its planning process for summer programming quietly and privately, and officials have said they only had the power to react to proposals for programming. So, other summer programming isn't known yet. Last year's choice of Live Nation to produce concerts was especially controversial.

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