Looks like everyone wants a bit of Brooklyn after all. Over the weekend of August 31st, Swedish promoters Debaser and Brooklyn Brewery are partnerinhg for Brooklyn, Sweden, a two-city weekend festival in Stockholm and Malmö showing off some of Brooklyn’s most well-known and well-liked artists, including Maluca, The Hold Steady, Blonde Redhead, Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak, Au Revoir Simone, DIIV, Prince Rama and Cults. (The question, of course, is whether or not Sweden, Brooklyn, in which the likes of Jens Lekman and First Aid Kit hang out at the Knitting Factory for a weekend, or something.)
If this sounds like something you’d be into but have no means of getting over to Sweden for a weekend, and you can write songs, you may have an in. Brooklyn Brewery is having a contest to send one lucky and intrepid BK artist to the festival if they write the best song about or inspired by the "sluggish" but "stalwart people mover" known as the G Train.
If you think you can do better than the Red Hook Ramblers’ klezmer-meets-Randy-Newman-esque "G Train Blues," by all means, take the challenge. Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. on July 24th, then it’s up to voters on Facebook to decide who gets flown to Sweden and put up at the Story Hotel in Stockholm the weekend of the festival. So get those pens a-writin’.