This weekend we’ll celebrate a stacked line-up of our favorite independent artists at one our our favorite independent art spaces, Bushwick’s Secret Project Robot. For those unfamiliar, Secret Project Robot has been offering an alternative space for the arts in NYC for an entire decade, and Saturday’s show is part of their summer-long 1o year birthday party.
Secret Project Robot’s long history starts with Mighty Robot, the name of the loft (inside a former spice warehouse) where the owners threw parties in Williamsburg in the late 90s. In 2004, they took on the name Secret Project Robot, and helped take over a seven-year lease on that building, which eventually all blossomed into the legendary Monster Island complex. In 2011, everyone who was renting space in that particular warehouse lost their lease, so the Secret Project Robot folks moved to a former auto-body repair shop in Bushwick, where they still are today, providing two stages and gallery space for art and music, and a bunch of refurbished storage units in the backyard that are used as art studios. (Check out photos from the festival we threw at Secret Project Robot last summer, here.)
As they explain on their site: “Secret Project Robot is a place where art is taken seriously in so far as it helps create a world outside of bureaucracy and the mundane and hopefully inspires people to realize that culture can be interpreted through a multiplicity of simultaneously correct and changing view points.”
If you really want to learn more about the space, though, come by Saturday; and if you really want to learn more about some of the line-up we’ve curated for the show, read on below for our previously published coverage on Malportado Kids, Princess Nokia, Jawbreaker Reunion, Try the Pie, Heaven’s Gate, and Adult Mom.