August 12, 2008
The 24th Annual New York Summer Antifolk Festival is at Sidewalk Café from August 8-17. The Sidewalk Café, Antifolk’s home for over 15 years, describes the event as “a showcase for a diverse cast of talented musicians and spoken-word performers, newcomers and veterans alike. New York City’s Antifolk community has been a welcoming early home for well-known artists such as Beck, The Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor, Jaymay, and Nellie McKay.”
What exactly is “Antifolk”? According to Sidewalk Café booking director, Ben Kriger, “Antifolk began as an East Village movement in 1983 when Lach was rejected by the Greenwich Village folk scene for being ‘too punk’. His punk/folk approach attracted other local musicians to his illegal after-hours club, The Fort. The cops forced The Fort to go legit, and as a result it became a traveling club with Lach as its roving impresario. For the last 15 years the heart of the Antifolk scene has been beating in the back room at Sidewalk Café.”
Sponsored by Fortified Entertainment, the festival will showcase performances from over 70 diverse artists; among them are Jason Trachtenburg, Ching Chong Song, The Wowz, Toby Goodshank, Roger Manning, and Lach. The full lineup can be seen at http://www.sidewalkmusic.net.
The Sidewalk Café is located at 94 Avenue A, at Sixth Street. Admission to the venue is free; two drink minimum.