It’s our country’s birthday this weekend. Thursday, the Celebrate Brooklyn festival hosts Puetro Rican pop star Obie Bermudez at the Bandshell; he paid his dues working a Bronx laundromat job for three years. Luke Temple earned his weight by pulling hours at a candy store; Friday, he fronts Here We Go Magic at South Street Seaport. The prodigy Conor Oberst, who leads the Mystic Valley Band’s Battery Park festivities on the Fourth, has been willing to revisit his lowest moments for the sake of true American music. And we’d happily grant citizenship to Oumou Sangare, the Malian singer who plays the Summerstage on Sunday, for her activism in global women’s rights.
Elsewhere, expect a warm welcome for reunited indie idols the Feelies in their beloved Jersey. Harvilla’s playing nice about it, but he’ll be furious if you miss Das Racist; he went through plenty of trouble getting something sensible out of them about the sociopolitical context of “Combination Taco Bell/Pizza Hut”. Spend your Fourth of July with either Rhapsody in Blue or the unfortunately named I’m in You. And finally, wind down the long weekend at one of these polar opposites: the ‘Show No Mercy’ Anal Cunt showcase, or the complete soundtrack to Nashville, as performed by Daryl Glenn & Jo Lynn Burks.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2009