The Hold Steady And Fans Dive Into Pool Party Season In Brooklyn

By Megan Warner

Nothing says summertime like rock music and dodgeball in a giant outdoor bathtub.

At least that's what I saw yesterday, when I accompanied fellow digital producer Sarah Muller and shooter Brendan Kennedy to the first aptly named Pool Party of the season in Brooklyn, New York.

The show, featuring the Hold Steady and the Loved Ones, was a success — if a wet one, and not because of anything related to pools. Fans seemed unfazed by the nearly tropical storm and stuck around for the Hold Steady's set. (Check out my pics here!) Led by frontman Craig Finn's flailing arm gestures and Tad Kubler's wailing guitar solos, this band had what it took to make everyone forget the gloomy weather. Of course, the steady (ahem) flow of beer helped people forget too.

These concerts have been around for three years, and I had heard about them from fellow employees. Being a Pool Party virgin, I was impressed with the production value and also surprised that it was free. FREE.

How is this all possible? Well, it was obvious who was sponsoring the event. Besides the host Jelly NYC, there were a number of vendor tents, the most obvious being Red Bull, which gave out samples around the pool's perimeter. Fine with me.

This was an awesome way to spend my Sunday, and with so many cool bands planned for future shows, I'll be back again soon.

Did you go to the show? Tell us what you thought of the event.