Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park

See? Tranquility at last. All photos by Georgia Kral
See? Tranquility at last. All photos by Georgia Kral
Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park

Dan Deacon Ensemble Red Hook Park Wednesday, June 16

While the Drake and Hanson show (seriously, what were they thinking??) was causing a riot just across the river, the Dan Deacon Ensemble led another huge crowd at Red Hook Park in a more loving form of exercise. The one-man noise-pop hero's show included synchronized dancing with the audience, hula hooping, and what can only be described as hippie moshing--essentially, moshing because you love the person next to you, not because you're trying to release any pent-up anger or rage. Deacon knows his fans well. Before he launched into the first song with his 14-piece band he proclaimed his love for this time of year, noting the imminent solstice and the annual end of high school. The band played for well over an hour, jamming into the sunset with an ensemble that featured four drummers, four synth players, at least four Mac laptops and a dancing, stage-diving guy in a red berry suit. Not to mention the four-eyed Deacon himself.

Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park
The young hipsters are actually hippies. This new breed is less interested in being cool. It's refreshing. A little Frisbee, anyone?
The young hipsters are actually hippies. This new breed is less interested in being cool. It's refreshing. A little Frisbee, anyone?
Mmmm. $1.50 dogs. Check out the family portrait in the wallet... awww.
Mmmm. $1.50 dogs. Check out the family portrait in the wallet... awww.
Um, thanks for the free music?
Um, thanks for the free music?
The opening band, Lower Dens, is also from Baltimore. They play pop music.
The opening band, Lower Dens, is also from Baltimore. They play pop music.
Shouldn't you be at the Drake riot, dude?
Shouldn't you be at the Drake riot, dude?

 

It wouldn't be a Dan Deacon show without Mohawks and hair streaks.
It wouldn't be a Dan Deacon show without Mohawks and hair streaks.
Holding hands is the new arms folded across your chest.
Holding hands is the new arms folded across your chest.
Hey, they're your feet...
Hey, they're your feet...
These kids go to a lot of shows.
These kids go to a lot of shows.
Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park
Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park
It could have been a Phish show. Well, almost.
It could have been a Phish show. Well, almost.
Ecstatic crowd surfing!
Ecstatic crowd surfing!
They sent in the big guns. What a fitting cop.
They sent in the big guns. What a fitting cop.
Mallet players and drummers.
Mallet players and drummers.
A guy in a berry costume leading a dance-off.
A guy in a berry costume leading a dance-off.
Dancing!
Dancing!
More Deacon.
More Deacon.
Last Night: The Dan Deacon Ensemble Brings Peace and Love to Red Hook Park
Airplane Moon.
Airplane Moon.

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