On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Williamsburg was flooded with dressed-up couples about to drop some serious dough at some of Brooklyn’s most overpriced restaurants—red roses and balloons hitting pedestrians in the face on every corner.
Luckily for us in love with the music, simultaneously occurring that night was a badass show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg! There were almost 20 bands playing their favorite love songs with 100 percent of the profits going to Planned Parenthood.
The show was put on by BUST Magazine, Panache Booking, and Jonathan Toubin/NY Night Train, with live performances by Breanna Barbara, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems, Surfbort, Baby Shakes, Daddy Long Legs, and so many more! (Check out the event page to see the entire line up.) There was also a raffle with prizes from local businesses such as Ace Hotel, The Brooklyn Brewery, Captured Tracks, and a million others! And to top it all off, the night didn’t end after the bands and the raffle; Ian Scenonius and Jonathon Toubin DJ’d till the end of the night.
Main Drag Music donated the amazing backdrop and Screaming Horses provided the eye-capturing visuals. Everything about the night was captivating, and it was for a good cause, so not a bad vibe was felt!
The bands and artists each played a short set with no more than two or three songs a pop—it felt like a lightening round! At first I was a little taken aback by this, thinking after each set, “but wait, I want more…” but then the next act would start and I’d be content as pumpkin pie again!
I’m not going to describe each set by each band, because that would be way too much, but just know, each band killed it! It was all covers, and bands sang some of the best love songs in rock and roll, for instance, Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game,” “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles, “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, and “Love Comes In Spurts” by Richard Hell and The Voidoids.
The stage was also graced by some pioneer idols in punk rock. Gary Lucas showed up, who was the guitarist for Captain Beefheart’s band, and also worked with Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and Lou Reed. Also, Kid Congo Powers was the last to go on, and he has played in some of the best punk bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Overall, it was a great night. Everyone was each other’s Valentine that night and their treat was an amazing show.