To be fair, Out in the Streets is a misleading name for a music-art-and-food festival that takes place in the two-acre backyard of the Onderdonk House, an 18th century Dutch Colonial cottage straddling the Bushwick-Ridgewood border. The two-day event (July 26 and 27) functions as a microcosm of all the big, branded field festivals we’ve grown accustomed to — offering the good (great music, delicious food, prime blanket positioning) without the bad (dealing with other people’s sweaty odor, standing, struggling to curb your cravings with Doritos signage everywhere). Did we mention the part about great music? Below are a few bands you won’t want to miss:
What Cheer? Brigade
Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, the nebulously punctuated What Cheer? Brigade is the only band crossing state (or even city) boundaries to play at OITS, which wouldn’t be such a big deal if they weren’t a 19-piece brass ensemble on a road trip. So. Their Facebook profile proclaims they’re “an aggressive mix of Bollywood, the Balkans, New Orleans, samba and hip-hop, played with the intensity of metal,” which for once is an accurate self-evaluation of a band’s sound, though they forgot to mention that they evoke a punk Mardi Gras in a live setting and have a bone to pick with the NYPD.