Monday, January 24, 2011

08/11/07 Afrokinetic @ Spiegelworld, New York, NY

For all the great NYC venues that have been forced out by gentrification and the ensuing exorbitant rent increases, at least one's lack of permanency was planned from the get go.

Spiegelworld was a traveling tent housing a beer garden and an intimate circus tent venue. For a few glorious summers, it set up shop on the north side of the South Street Seaport and hosted numerous late night dance parties on the pier.

We found ourselves swinging in hammock chairs at the very edge of Lower Manhattan while the Afrokinetic collective spun afrobeat augmented by live percussion in the disco tent behind us. The sweaty dance party under the summer skies was a perfect end to a classic city day.

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