Being a huge fan of both carnies and rock music, it almost feels as though I cooked up the Rock & Roll Circus in my own hazy, Peppermint booze-flooded head. Put on by the enduring Big Apple Circus, Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and featuring performances by the likes of Japanther, Ariel Pink, and Amazing Baby, the two-day event, held at the 40,000 square foot Lincoln Center (like fashion week for rockers!) is not only a reality, it’s also FREE. Well, at least half of the musical extravaganza is free: Tonight, the circus will be open for public exploration. Venture into the ridiculous circus tent, which includes bars sponsored by Belvedere as well as shows by Japanther, The Pharmacy, Voxhaul Broadcast, The So So Glos, and the Electric Tickle Machine. I haven’t received confirmation yet regarding swag bags, but with sponsors like Jet Blue and Pop Chips, and photo opportunities from Impossible Projects (of Polaroid fame), I’m guessing there will be opportunities galore. The event was produced in order to draw attention to the progressive music community, and tomorrow’s lineup – sadly not gratis, though well worth the price – is nearly as good as the food vendors.
Although former headliner Ok Go had to cancel last minute, I have to say their replacement is an even better choice. Ariel Pink will take over headlining duties tomorrow night, alongside Amazing Baby, Saint Motel, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Aska. However wonderful the musical performances may be, the fact that the famed Big Apple Circus will be performing is the cherry on top. Contortionists, balancing acts, jugglers, and acrobats will fill the ring, performing to Ariel Pink’s “Round and Round.”
Date: Monday, January 3rd/Tuesday January 4th. Time: 7PM, shows at 8PM. Price: Monday – Free/Tuesday $25 for Mezzanine, $30 for Ringside