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A scene from last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

With BayFest 2012 — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival — a mere four months away (slated for May 20), the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), which organizes the event, will be holding its next BayFest planning meeting at 8:00 p.m., January 10 in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted dozens of performances on multiple stages stretching 10 piers and eight blocks along Emmons Avenue, so bring a friend and get involved with the Bay’s premier maritime arts and musical event, which features fun and educational activities for all ages.

To learn more, go to www.bigbayfest.orgwww.bayimprovementgroup.org, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, as well as BayFest, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

Sheepshead Bites represents at last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) and its president, Steve Barrison… want YOU to join them at 8:00 p.m., November 16 for a volunteer meeting to help organize BayFest 2012 (slated for May 20, 2012).

The planning get-together for the 21st Annual BayFest — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival and neighborhood institution, enjoyed by thousands — will be held in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted no less than 24 high energy performances on multiple stages spanning the length of Emmons Avenue. Barrison, no doubt, will be looking to kick it up a few notches.

Get involved, bring a friend, and be a part of one of our neighborhood’s premier, time-honored traditions.

To learn more, go to www.bigbayfest.org, www.bayimprovementgroup.org, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

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BayFest 2011 is just around the corner, and with the Seaside Concert Series potentially cancelled, and the Siren Fest moving to Jerk-hattan, BayFest could be poised to be the premiere music festival in Southern Brooklyn this year!

Organizers have followed through with their plans to kick it up a notch, featuring 24 performers spread out along Emmons Avenue from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street. They’re packing on some premo performances on a main stage, and a roster of largely local bands along all 10 piers.

BayFest 2011 kicks off along Emmons Avenue at noon and lasts until 6:00 p.m. It is a rain-or-shine event. Also, Sheepshead Bites will have a table there, so stop by!

Three Sheepshead Bay-area performers that answered our call in April made the cut: Coney Island rock troupe Neptune Jam, Sons of Jove from Manhattan Beach, and Anniko Vitolo, producer of the Streets of Brooklyn music video.

And as we previously announced, Sheepshead Bay-native Robert Santa will be one of the headlining acts on the main stage. The Robert Santa Band played for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses.

Santa will share the main stage – at East 27th Street – with Stout, Beatles’ tribute band Ticket2Ride, and The Shots (with special guest Richie Ramone of The Ramones) and The Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, an energetic group of rocked out bagpipers. Yeah, you read me. Kilts and all.

Some other really cool surprises this year? Pier 5 will be dominated by Art Start, an awesome volunteer arts organization for kids from families in crisis, be it kids in shelters, on the streets or involved in court cases. The group is bringing some of its most talented to perform spoken word, rap, hip-hop, folk rock, pop rock, electronica… well, if you can name it, they’ll likely have someone doing it!

What else? Dude! Cosplay maids doing Japanese pop! BayFest organizers plucked Reni Mimuri from the comic book and anime convention circuit to do their synchronized Japanese maid routine on Pier 3. The best part? They clean up afterwards.

There will also be a Peruvian pan-flute band to keep away giant guinea pigs; 32 costumed dancers from Brighton Ballet; and, well, why don’t I just show you the program guide?

View the program guide.

So before we were New York City, we were Brooklyn. And before we were Brooklyn, we were Gravesend.

You see, back in the old days, we were the only English chartered town in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, founded by this badass boo named Lady Moody. As a widow, she rebelled against Puritan mores in Massachusetts, was chased down here, founded a town, and, upon chillin’ with homeboy Peter Stuyvesant, scored religious freedom for her Anabaptist crew – a coup very unusual for anyone in the 1600s, especially a woman.

Fast forward 200 years, and Brooklyn’s all up there lookin’ smug and stuff, annexing away at Williamsburg, New Lots, Flatbush, et al. Gravesend was all like, “Yo, them Dutchies gettin’ grabby.” But then we thought about the situation a little more and realized those chickenheads needed us. So, like, whatever.

And then a few years later, we realized how sad Manhattan would be if its future leaders had no one to ignore. So we hooked up with them, too, forming New York City.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Ned’s a genius. Thanks for filling me in on this rich chapter of history.” You’re welcome.

But if you’re really serious about knowing the details about the formation of New York City from five separate counties, you should check out Bay Improvement Group’s History Night, tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Sunrise Assisted Living (2211 Emmons Avenue).

The group holds this annual event the week before BayFest to remind everyone what it is we’re celebrating, and they’re having a real pro historian – Ron Schweiger – come down and explain it in detail. So, you know, you can actually learn something instead of reading my nonsense.

View the event flier.

While so many popular commercial enterprises in Sheepshead Bay seem to be going belly up, one civic group is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual waterfront festival — touted as Brooklyn’s biggest — and organizers need your help.

There will be a planning and volunteer meeting for BayFest — the “all-day, nonstop celebration of Sheepshead Bay” coordinated by the Bay Improvement Group (BIG) — at 8 p.m., April 27 inside the Comfort Inn’s meeting room, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Volunteers are needed for the daylong festival, which will be held May 15 along the Emmons Avenue waterfront, and will feature live entertainment, amusement rides, a basketball shootout, Martial Arts demonstrations, FDNY displays and more.

To learn more about how you can get involved, call (718) 646-9206, visit their website, or go to BIG’s YouTube page.

 

Robert Santa (Source: robertsantamusic.com)

Out with the old, in with the new – that’s the direction for this year’s BayFest.

Bay Improvement Group has announced the headlining performer for its 20th edition of BayFest, with Sheepshead Bay native Robert Santa to take the main stage before thousands of residents and visitors at the neighborhood’s largest street festival.

The Robert Santa Band most recently scored some top-notch performance time, playing for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses. He’s also toured the nation with fellow Sheepshead Bay native Andrew Dice Clay. He wrote the theme song “Brooklyn Bad Boy” for the movie Dice Rules. (You can view Santa’s full bio below the article.)

Here are a few samples of Santa’s music:

Any Body Out There

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Can’t Fly Alone

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Where Is Your Heart

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A Long Time Ago

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The announcement marks a departure from BayFest of years past, which for most of the past decade has featured Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge. They’ve also booked a few other new acts, like Beatles tribute band TICKET2RIDE, to perform alongside some BayFest staples like the kilt-wearing, bagpipe playing ensemble The Shots, and Stout.

To celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary, Bay Improvement Group is aiming to put entertainment on each of the marina’s 10 piers, a feat last accomplished during their 10th anniversary celebration. They’ve already booked the Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet, martial artists and local bands.

BayFest 2011 will take place all day Sunday, May 15, 2011 along Emmons Avenue, rain or shine.

View Santa’s bio.

Local Bands Needed ASAP!


Do you know of a Brooklyn-based band with a sizable following? Tell them to get in touch with Sheepshead Bites as soon as possible!

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is looking for a Brooklyn act to play in BayFest 2011, and they’ve asked Sheepshead Bites to aid their search. The problem is, we need to have a list of potential bands in by tonight.

BayFest 2011 takes place May 15, and the chosen band will be paid a handsome sum for their appearance.

If you want to be considered, send an e-mail to me using the contact page. Be sure to include:

  • Your band’s name
  • A link to a website with streaming samples of your music, like Myspace
  • A contact phone number and e-mail address that will be answered over the weekend

Absolute deadline for submission is 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Preparations for BayFest 2011 will be held in the Comfort Inn meeting room at 3218 Emmons Avenue tonight, April 6, at 8:00 p.m.

Help Bay Improvement Group prepare for this year’s 20th Annual BayFest this May, where they hope to rock out with a ton of bands never before seen at the event. They need volunteers, so come down this evening and let them know you care.

 

Preparations for the next BayFest will be held in the Comfort Inn meeting room at 3218 Emmons Avenue this Wednesday March 16 at 8:20 p.m.

This meeting will provide the opportunity to help prepare for this year’s 20th Annual BayFest this May, and President Steve Barrison said he expects to make some big announcements this year.

Already announced is that Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge will not be playing this year, after performing at the event for, well, for a really long time. Barrison has also announced that Ticket to Ride, a well-known Beatles tribute band, will be playing, and they’re also looking to have music and entertainment along all 10 piers – a feat they haven’t done since their 10 year anniversary!

So they’ll need a lot of hands to make it a success. Come to the planning meeting tomorrow and make some new friends in building a community event.

Bay Improvement Group is holding a BayFest planning meeting tonight, and they’re hoping you’ll come down to give some ideas and volunteer for the 20th edition of this annual event.

They write:

Help plan and volunteer for the eight block annual waterfront celebration of the unique and beautiful harbor Sheepshead Bay, the third Sunday in May..

The last two months have been cold, snowy and busy, with new acts listened to and setting up plans for permits and more city red tape. This 20th BayFest should be super but needs extra volunteers to make it all come together with entertainment at all ten fishing piers.

Join in your community to make this 20th BayFest bigger and better than ever. It’s only 3 months away!

The meeting is tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn on Emmons Avenue and Brigham Street. If you like throwing a party, come help put on the biggest fiesta in Sheepshead Bay, for Sheepshead Bay.

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