Friday night this tight-panted nigga played a special show alongside Japanther at the middle of the Williamsburg Bridge, in one of those transepts that connect the two walkways. Sorry we didn't tell you about it beforehand, but we didn't want anyone to narc it out. In terms of sound quality and set lengths the show was slightly crappy, but in terms of general vibe and illegality it was one of the best jams we've been to all summer. See below for some pics.
Kind of goes without saying it was BYOB. Most people poured their booze into apple juice bottles, which lent the show a nice high school quarry party atmosphere. By the way this pic and the top one are by Ed Zipco. Actually so is the next one.
This is the guy who put together the show. He had to spend the night in jail after the cops finally came, but was out in time for an afternoon matinee of Pineapple Express the next day.
Speaking of, for some reason it took the cops forever to catch on to the fact that there were an easy 100-odd kids listening to amplified music in the middle of the bridge in the middle of the night. The original estimate was 20 minutes from start to getting broken up. At around two (the thing started at 12) we decided it wasn't going to happen and headed off to a bar. Right as our car was pulling away from the bridge we just barely caught sight of a couple patrol cars whipping up the bike path in the rearview and were like, "Dang." If anybody's got any pictures of the actual bust, please send them to email@example.com.
Not sure how psyched the NYPD's going to be when this footage starts hitting "the net." A two-hour response time on a structure cops are constantly using (we saw at least three go by while we were up there) doesn't exactly bespeak vigilance.
Sort of sucked for people who were just trying to ride their bikes across the bridge. Sorry, those people!
Seriously though, two hours. And we just found out that Nick, the guy from above who set it up, only got taken in because he had an unpaid open container ticket from four years ago (he also says he used his shoe for a pillow and that his cell had "Slayer - 666" over a pentagram tagged on the wall). So basically as long as you don't have any outstanding warrants, it looks like the Bridge is fair game for partying. See you there next weekend!