ABC No Rio is pleased to be collaborating with Make Music New York on a day-long punk fest on Governors Island. Punk Island is the largest FREE annual outdoor punk/hc festival in New York City.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 Govenors Island gets taken over by 7 stages of punk/hc/crust. Each stage has a full lineup of brutal glacial bands. Ferries run from Lower Manhattan near Battery Park out to the Island every half hour all day. The ferry ride is FREE as is the entire FEST.
We need your help coming up with an additional $5,000 before the event so we can pay for a security company, equipment, transportation, and help support the bands that come out to play this amazing FREE festival!
ABC No Rio’s collaboration with Make Music New York to present Punk Island 2012 is a match made – if not in heaven – then in an intensely creative part of New York’s collective unconscious. With a show every Saturday for more than 20 years, ABC No Rio’s all-volunteer Punk/Hardcore Collective has been a vehicle for bands who embrace the DIY ethos of a punk community without managers or major labels. ABC No Rio and Make Music New York share a passion for tearing down the boundary between artist and audience. The overflowing creative energy that brings musicians out to perform in neighborhood streets for Make Music New York, also drives ABC No Rio.
Founded in 1980 when a group of artists, Colab (Collaborative Projects), occupied a building to produce an art show, No Rio has long demonstrated what collective creativity can produce in New York City. ABC No Rio features a gallery, a zine library, a darkroom, a silkscreen shop, and a community computer center, as well as providing space for projects, meetings and events. In 1996, 16 years after its founding, the city awarded the community art center its building at 156 Rivington Street. ABC No Rio is currently fundraising to erect a new building in the same location: with twice as much gallery and performance space, outfitted for greater ecological sustainability. In the weeks leading up to Punk Island there will be regularly scheduled punk shows Saturday afternoons, and the building will be open for other projects most days of the week. Everyone is welcome to come check out the space, read in the zine library, develop film in the darkroom or attend an event. For information and schedules, visit www.abcnorio.org.
Make Music New York takes place each year on June 21, the first day of summer, with more than 1,000 free concerts in outdoor public spaces throughout all five boroughs of the city. Sidewalks, plazas, parks, even cemeteries have hosted MMNY shows. All musical styles are represented, from hip-hop to opera to electronica to jazz. From marquee names to high school garage bands, all are welcome to participate. Since Govenors Island is closed to the public the day Make Music New York holds the rest of its wonderful mischief Punk Island happens a few days later. Just like the rest of MMNY, all performances are outdoors and completely free. For more information, visit www.makemusicny.org.
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