Five Music Festivals That Will Keep New Yorkers At Home This Summer

With Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza both coming up in the next few months, we’re afraid that our festival budgets are already maxed-out. But we here at BlackBook think there’s plenty more fun to be had and jams to be shared, and there are plenty of local music festivals this summer that will help us beat the heat and save some cash. No airfare or accomodation fees? We’re there—we just need to know where to go! Here are five upcoming events that will keep us having fun at home.

GoogaMooga: May 19-20, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Headliners: The Roots, Holy Ghost!, Hall and Oates, Fitz & the Tantrums

Special features: Food, food, and more food, including Momofuku Milk Bar, Kutsher’s Tribeca, The Spotted Pig, Dinosaur BBQ, Mile End, Vinegar Hill House, DuMont Burger, and for those health-conscious festival goers, Juice Press! Additionally, the festival will have a wine tasting tent featuring over 100 wines from around the world and a beer tasting pavilion featuring over 30 different domestic and foreign draft beer makers.

The gist: Eating Momofuku crack pie and drinking artisanal beer to the tune of “Rich Girl” sounds like my idea of a perfect Saturday.

Camp Bisco
: July 12-14, Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville, NY

Headliners: The Disco Biscuits, Skrillex, Crystal Castles, Atmosphere

Special features: Camp Bisco will feature three days and nights of music on five stages. Boogie away to top international dance acts as well as in the silent disco, where listeners tune in on wireless headsets. And the most fun part? Camping! Pull up in your RV or pitch your tent, and enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors. Buy a VIP ticket for access to a VIP lounge and showers, plush toilets, and complimentary massages! VIP Platinum ticketholders get extra perks including a backstage Surf and Turf with members of the Disco Biscuits and other artists. I’m sold.

The gist: Camping in the unsullied upstate air, upbeat dance tunes, plush toilets, showers, and MASSAGES! What else would I need!?

: July 28-29, Randall’s Island

Headliners: The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids

Special features: A silent disco will also be featured at Catalpa (seeing a new trend here?) There is also an Ultimate VIP Cabana and Hot-Tub Package for a group of ten with bottle service and other special accommodations. Frisky’s Church of Sham Marriages is setting up a basecamp within Catalpa. Looking to get married during the festival…or at least fake-married?? This 60-foot inflatable church is available for all of you lovers out there to get hitched. Great way to test (read: scare) your boyfriends, ladies! Don’t worry: rings and veils are provided! There’s also a raggae stage procured by High Times Magazine, which is sure to provide chill vibes. 

The gist of it: Snoops Dogg performing his seminal Doggystyle in its entirety, celebrating the sanctity of marriage, and cabanas with hot tubs, Catalpa will surely not disappoint.


Governors Ball Music Festival: June 23-24, Randall’s Island

Headliners: Beck, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, Chromeo

Special features: An impressive roster of food offerings, which includes Luke’s Lobster, Asia Dog, The Taco Truck, Food Freak Grilled Cheese, and Hill Country. Lawn games include ping pong (presented by Spin New York), beer pong, bocce ball, and croquet. There will be a silent disco room (Yes, again!). VIP ticketholders will receive massage services, shaded seating, and more. The kicker? No overlapping sets! 

The gist: Eating Luke’s Lobster while getting a massage while playing beer pong whilst listening to Beck. I’m up for multitasking.

Electric Zoo: August 31-September 2, Randall’s Island

Headliners: Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Above and Beyond, A-Trak,

Specials features: Last year 85,000 people attended this special event and we are expecting a large turnout again! VIP passes include access to air-conditioned bathrooms, plush furniture, complimentary food, and an open bar. For all of you on a budget, Electric Zoo is offering a payment plan for ticket purchasers. You can now pay in installments over time. How thoughtful!

The gist: Three days of house music, electronic vibes, and thousands of festival-goers fist-pumping on Randall’s Island. Tiesto under the stars? And pay later? Done.

Project Detox: The Juice Press

All in all, I feel like my detox project has been going smoothly. Since Monday, I’ve been replacing my usual lunch of salads, soups, and sammies with “cleansing” juices from different places around the city. Aside from the chicken fingers and sweet potato fries I may or may not have over-indulged in at a certain chain restaurant that shall not be named, I’ve had few moments of weakness. Perhaps it’s because there’s a strange, euphoric feeling of health that washes over me after a liquid lunch, and come 3PM, I’m not clamoring for something soaked in butter, cheese, chocolate, or ranch dressing. After researching more about “juicing,” I’ve decided to add some supplements to my daily detox diet. I’ve been taking garlic softgels (“odorless,” as it says on the jar, thank goodness) and a Probiotic called Acidophilus, which, despite the name, has nothing to do with ancient Greek philosophy. I’ve also suddenly noticed exactly how many healthy restaurants and juicing stops there are around the city—so many that this project isn’t half as difficult as I thought it would be. One juiceteria (juictaurant?) whose staff taught me quite a bit about my gut: the East Village’s The Juice Press.


The Spot: Nightclub vet hooks up with professional skydiver, drops health zone on the East Village. Balance out your tomcatting ways with raw sandwiches, live produce, and hangover-curing juices. No refined sugar or soy here—they’re taking your cleansing, weight control, and cellular repair needs seriously. Full-on program starts with pressed juice (no rotary blades), moves on to nutrition classes and raw food seminars. Live forever. If that fails, rest assured you’re leaving behind a beautiful corpse.

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The Benefits: Cold pressed juices help to preserve freshness and ensure a minimal amount of enzyme and nutrient loss during juicing. It’s crazy healthy, y’all. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable, which is helpful to a novice, like myself, who usually half-ass dabbles in diets. “When you abstain from foods that interfere with the natural healing physiology of your body, cleansing and detoxing begins,” they explained. Doesn’t sound half as scary as it usually does, coming from them.They also use Norwalk Juicers to produce their nutrient rich juices, something of note to juice-heads, I am sure. They also offer cleansing programs—something I may actually work my way up to, given their helpful and open demeanor.

Try: Drink Your Salad, made with carrot, celery, tomato, beet, parsley, kale, spinach, lemon, onion powder, garlic juice, cayenne, and mineral rich sea salt. Literally tastes as if Chop’t went a little too crazy with the chopping.

Here’s a great video from the raw dudes from We Like it Raw.

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Most Wanted Hot Weather Food & Drink

With temperatures in the high 90’s in New York yet again, our eating habits must adapt to beat back the ferocious heat. It’s not Shake Shack weather. Milk, as Ron Burgundy knows, was a bad choice. Here are ten refreshments that’ll help you forget that your skin is melting right off of your body. Stay cool and keep eating!

1. Frog Hollow Farm Peach Gazpacho with Toasted Almonds and Hawaiian Blue Prawns from Eleven Madison Park.

2. Watermelon Juice or the Pineapple Coconut Cooler from Republic.

3. La Esquina’s excellent horchata.

4. Salted Caramel Pretzel or Mango Banana Yogurt Ice Cream from Greene Ice Cream at The General Greene.

5. The Sagaponack Salad (with mesclun, frisee, tomatoes, roasted corns, mozzarella, beets, sautéed eggplant, and grapes) from Sagaponack Bar & Grill.

6.Empress Crab Claws at Luke’s Lobster UES.

7.Salmon & Dill Avocado Tartar (with shallot, lemon, olive oil) or the Shrimp Lemon Ceviche (with scallion, red onion, fennel) at Fig & Olive.

8. Rain Forest smoothie (with kyo green superfood, lemon, fresh mint, ginger, agave nectar, coconut water, banana, pineapple and sea salt) from The Juice Press.

9. The Morning Crunch (with freshly roasted granola, strawberries, bananas, raisins, honey, milk or yogurt) at Sarabeth’s.

10. Soft Serve Passion Fruit Sorbet from Jacques Torres Ice Cream.

Mark Baker’s Got Juice

Club icon Mark Baker is best known for running A-list joints and hanging with the fastest of crowds. His following is a “who’s who” list of jet-setters, trendsetters, celebrities and the beautiful. His club history is a “where’s where” of the best joints in 20 years. He is currently the go to guy over at Juliet Supper Club.What many don’t know about Mr. Baker is that he is an athlete too. Those used to seeing him tool around in a Ferrari don’t realize that back in 1978, he was the European skateboard champ. Mark has joined up with my man Marcus Antebi to open up a small outpost of healthy satisfaction called the Juice Press on 1st Avenue and 1st Street. Here you can offset the jet-set lifestyle, including all the stress, bad intakes and imbibes of nightlife. According to Marcus, their juice can even cure a hangover. I caught up with this dynamic duo and asked them a few questions about the venture.

Mark ,how do you know Marcus? MARK BAKER: I’ve known my dear friend Marcus for 15-odd years. He’s real New York, and even without the head-to-toe tattoos, the guy’s a badass. Skater, surfer, skydiver (with bare fucking feet), he even packs his own chute. He’s soft-spoken, but don’t let that hide the intensity and seriousness of this man when he puts his mind to something. So when some months ago Marcus approached me — after seeing my new healthy lifestyle — how could I resist such an offer to partner up in an amazing new business to spread healthy living to all my toxic friends and supermodels.

How did you get educated on the liquid revolution, including cleanses? MB: He explained in detail the concept of the business — juicing taken to another level, none of your street crap that has no nutritional benefit whatsoever, but the real deal with a proper balance of natural and organic goods that create a full program … or just a daily dose of stuff that makes you feel and look good.

Besides taking care of your mind and body, what is your role here? MB: My job is to translate this detailed process to a sound bite and message that can be carried to the thousands of New Yorkers who lead a hectic and stressful life with only enough time for a quick fix really. And yes, we will be delivering for those who can’t make it downtown.

I guess the big question is: does it work? MB: For the short time I have been drinking the juices, it’s unbelievable how the right ingredients and combinations can make you feel and look so much better and help with everything, from lack of energy, digestion, proper weight loss, detoxification … I mean, if you really think about it, you wouldn’t put shitty diesel into a Ferrari right? So why would you put anything but the best into your body?

You have been a nightlife operator for eons; isn’t that sort of a disconnect with selling a healthy lifestyle? MB: Some may think it may be strange that someone in the middle of the nightlife scene would get involved with something as healthy as this, but I mean, that’s kind of the point. This juicing lifestyle helps maintain the insanely stressful and unhealthy nightlife. So what better role model could there be? I just want to spread the good word because it really helps.

When can I get some? MB: The Juice Press will be open shortly … Marcus is there 24/7 and is always ready to educate anyone who wants to listen. The products are great, no bullshit, and I guarantee will help change your life for the better, or just refresh you on a hot day. I’ll let the product speak for itself.

Marcus, why is juice press so special? MARCUS ANTEBI: The Juice Press is a centrally located organic cold-press juice, smoothie, salad and raw sandwich take-out place. We designed our menu to genuinely make people healthier. We don’t use any refined sugar or soy, and we use organic live produce!

Why is it important to “press”? MA: We are focusing on the cold-pressed juice because they last in the refrigerator three days, as opposed to centrifugal rotary- blade juicers. This shelf life allows us a far-reaching delivery service and the ability to create 7- to 9-juice-per-day cleanses. We deliver your daily juice needs, and you keep them cold and drink them throughout the day.

What does this do for me? MA: Our formulas are revitalizing and rejuvenating. Not only will gain control over your weight if you follow our programs, but you will rebuild the cells of your body, repair and so much more.

Can you help save the world from the dreaded hangover? MA: The hangover is believed to be caused by a combination of physical reactions to excessive consumption — dehydration, acidity left behind in the stomach, and vitamin dehydration. The remedies we have devised address the leading causes and put all of the vital materials back into your body.

What did you do before, and how do you know Mark Baker? MA: I retired from professional skydiving with 2,300 jumps and fought Thai boxing competitively. I know Mark from nigh life for 20 years, and we’ve talked about building a place like this to bring health and nutrition to our lifestyles for years.

You and Mark spend — or spent — a lot of years in clubs. Is the Juice Press a reaction to that often unhealthy lifestyle? MA: I’m clean and sober 24 years, and having a kitchen like this to juice and eat amazing salads is a dream come true. Mark and I always wanted to do a healthy lifestyle place in contrast to clubs and bars.