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  • 24Sep

    'Atlantic Antic' in Brooklyn since 1974

    From NYT

    STROLLING a street fair should be a wholesome, cheerful endeavor, a chance to ogle artisanal wares, help a giggling toddler onto a pony or watch your buttoned-down neighbor slam power chords with his garage band. But New York’s traffic-thwarting, tube-sock-peddling version — the kind that plagues Midtown Manhattan avenues in the summer — inspires something more like mass grumbling. The music is canned, the goods are suspect, and the entire enterprise seems aimed at tourists.

    Held nearly every fall since 1974, the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn is a rousing antidote. A full mile long (it covers 10 blocks of Atlantic Avenue) and drawing thousands of visitors, the Antic is anchored by the local businesses that prop open their doors and spill onto the street, effectively turning one of the borough’s most compelling thoroughfares inside out. Although the Antic is beloved for its cornucopia of global chow, from banh mi to custom-cured pastrami (the official slogan of the event is “Eat it at the Antic, Walk it off on Atlantic”), this year’s iteration also includes a bounty of independent music and art, two of Brooklyn’s most visible cultural exports.

    The Roebling Inn (97 Atlantic Avenue, between Hicks and Henry Streets, Brooklyn Heights), a dark, vintage-inspired bar that opened in December, is hosting, in partnership with the music media company Future Sounds, the Antic’s first stage exclusively featuring indie-rock.

    “It was a no-brainer when we got the space,” the inn’s manager, Jason Furlani, said. “We knew we would do something for the Antic.”

    While part of the joy of the Antic is its spectacular diversity (on 13 other stages, visitors can take in Brazilian samba, Latin jazz, children’s folk songs, Middle Eastern belly dancing, electric blues, string bands, South Louisiana Cajun music and more), Mr. Furlani and his partners wanted to pay specific tribute to Brooklyn’s indie empire. Larry Little, the chief executive of Future Sounds, booked four emerging Brooklyn bands (Dinosaur Feathers, Shark?, Arms and German Measles) and one, Grandchildren, from Philadelphia. All share a penchant for fuzzy, nostalgic guitar.

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