Every year “Celebrate Brooklyn” takes place in the park by our apartment. This series of concerts (some free, some ticketed) runs several times a week throughout the summer. We’d gone to a couple free shows before, and a few paid ones where we sat outside the black fence with a bottle of wine and pretended to listen, but last week, tickets in hand, we went to our first big show.
And then we were instantly taken back about 14 years. The show featured Guster, Ben Folds Five and headliners Barenaked Ladies. Yes, they rocked out to One Week. And If I had a Million Dollars (which, the first few times I heard it on the radio, I thought was an advertisement for the state lottery). We were able to bring in a picnic, and spent four really great hours snacking on cheese and strawberries and watching the shenanigans onstage. BNL especially is really entertaining. The only slight negatives of the night were that a) the port a potties were very dark, and b) a cicada crawled up my back. However, I didn’t even really mind that last one since I hadn’t yet seen a cicada and was afraid I’d missed my chance for the next 17 years.
For someone who rarely goes to concerts — I can count the number I’ve been to on my two hands — this was a fun evening. A good way to make weeknights feel special and summery, too.
Have you seen any of these bands live? What’s your favorite song?