Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Music festival for short attention spans

For those with musical ADD, this one’s for you.

Over five days, tonight through July 11, the Local Correspondents festival, or LC Fest, presents more than 60 local acts in three songs, perfect for the listener constantly on shuffle (take a listen to some of the artists playing here).

“What’s so amazing about it is you can sit there for seven hours for five nights and just hear incredible musicians, one after the other,” said Paul Basile, of the band Great Elk, who helped organize the festival, now in its fourth year at Park Slope’s Bar4.

It helps that Local Correspondents, a five-year-old network and collaboration of city-based bands, has several hundred acts in its community to choose from for the festival — one reason that forced it to limit each performer to just three songs this year.

“We try to celebrate what the community is and has become over these last several years in terms of community and quality,” said Basile.

While the festival is always a big party among those singer/songwriters in the community, organizers hope those outside of it join in this year as well.

“I hope that this year’s festival can be a place where the music community and the community of music listeners can come together,” said Jessi Robertson (pictured), one of the festival’s organizers and founders of Local Correspondents, who plays the festival on July 10.

LC Fest at Bar4 [444 Seventh Ave. at 15th Street in Park Slope, (718) 832-9800], July 7-11, free. For info, visit


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