The month of maze performances dubbed in their entirety “You Are Here” is hosting some of the best bands in New York music with a few luminaries like Calving Johnson, Mick Barr, Ty Segal, and Arringont Dionyso dropping in for the insanity. Announced so far:
TROUBLE (Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris), Calvin Johnson, Mick Barr, Up Died Sound, Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Alexis Gideon, Ty Segal, Regattas, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Sam Mickens, Dome Theater, Arp, Stars Like Fleas, Mike Pride, Extra life, Pygmy Shrews, Effi Breist, John Fell Ryan, The Coathangers, Katie Eastburn, Desolation Wilderness, Random Cutting, Excepter, Symbol, Zs, Arrington Dionyso, Dan Friel, Mega Calderos, Chuck Bettis, Pterodactyl, Normal Love, Ninjasonik, Vaz, Make A Rising, Clan of the Cave Bear, Electroputas, Hi Red Center!
And here's what they've got to say:
You Are Here (AKA The Maze) is a performance festival in a sculptural maze taking place at Williamsburg's Death By Audio from September 10 – October 2, 2009. Emphasizing the sprawling and interconnected nature of New York's underground, a trip through the maze offers a peak inside NYC's diy art/music scene. A meditation on passage and desire, You Are Here engulfs the space and presents beckoning inhabitants, dead ends, and uplifting epitaphs…
Sorry, no shwag:
You Are Here was first presented by Trouble at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in Midtown Manhattan. This year’s maze returns to Brooklyn and is a real for us by us type of affair. You Are Here is a festival drawn from within the scene, not the work of corporate sponsored parties wishing to develop markets. No one gets free shoes or gift bags full of stuff and the festival doesn’t push any specific beverage or brand. This festival also won't fly people in from all over and make a big super-festival. You Are Here is a local affair, mostly local bands will play, and many of them have personal and ongoing relationships with each other and with Trouble. You Are Here is about Brooklyn and about the diy scene in New York in general. It’s about activism and about relationships and about immediacy and not least about a community that, perhaps in spite of the internet, still exists on a local level.
The performance festival runs from September 10 – October 2, 2009 at Death By Audio, which is really one of the only suitable places we can imagine actually going through with a plan of this scope and ambition and riskiness. It's also the first time we've heard of them allowing a regular open bar (we guess Delicious Beverages Friday doesn't count as corporatism).