Barnard College’s radio station WBAR hosted their annual birthday party, the WBAR BBQ on Sunday (4/26). Tempted by the nice weather, free admission and BBQ, I headed up to 117th & Broadway with some pals to check it out despite only being familiar with the headlining act, Gang Gang Dance. We rolled up about 12:30 pm and despite an advertised start time of 11 am, only about a dozen people were scattered around the site on Lehman Lawn. No BBQ in site, just a sno-cone machine (no sno) and a cotton-candy machine (no cotton candy). A painful soundcheck ensued. We left to find food elsewhere. We returned about a half hour later. Still no BBQ. The Acrylics performed an uninspired set of indie-pop.
I noticed some people eating chicken and rice out of styrofoam containers and noticed that a Halal food cart was set up behind some hedges. Could this have possibly been the “BBQ”? The Acrylics set ended. Another soundcheck started and must have lasted 35 minutes. A friend of ours showed up with his dog (see above). The next band, Liturgy, finally started. This was Scream-o speed metal at its absolute worst. See video below for evidence. As one guy eloquently put it, “they soundchecked half an hour for this?”
Security approached us to tell us no dogs were allowed on campus. We happily obliged and left to hang at the Boat Basin. Did anyone ever show up with an actual BBQ? Did any of the bands not suck? How was Gang Gang Dance?
More pictures after the jump…
Liturgy – a “band”