Everyone’s revving up for the AFROPUNK fest set to take place in Brooklyn later this August so it was great to get a taste at Lincoln Center of the fun that’s only weeks away. I learned my lesson last summer, that free events in NYC can generate substantially long lines and hours of waiting, with no promise of everyone getting a chance to see the show. I enjoyed how AFROPUNK approached this event, by offering a couple of stages to attend.
When I first arrived at Lincoln Center, I drifted towards the east side of the Metropolitan Opera house, hearing Brooklyn based duo Chargaux performing and had assumed that this was where Vintage Trouble, The Skins and LION BABE were set to play as well. It was a modest size crowd seated in the shade with plenty of room for people to stand and watch. The vocal/fiddle duo and their band put on a nice show that was charming and welcoming. They were so bubbly and full of energy-it’s nice seeing the more relaxed musical styles blend amongst structured classical tones of the violin and viola. I’m really glad to have caught their act because…
Many folks in the crowd had assumed the same thing, only to discover there were more performances on the west side of the theater that had already started. Long lines and overcapacity ensued and I only lasted 20 minutes before moving on to scoping out local restaurants instead. Girls gotta eat!
All in all, I’m glad I was able to catch Chargaux’s more intimate show, while everyone else scrambled in vain to get into the Vintage Trouble show. I appreciate the festival and venue giving folks a couple options to see, providing some flexibility to the performances.