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Music, comedy, and faux political protests hit Park Slope • Brooklyn Paper

Music, comedy, and faux political protests hit Park Slope

Rock folks: (Left to right) Performing to make America a better place are the Grown-up Noise’s Aine Fujioka on the drums, Paul Hansen on guitar, Rachel Arnold on cello, and Adam Sankowski on bass.
Photo by Sarah Mica

How do you make America more awesome?

A nationwide concert series called the “Make America More Awesome Tour,” is hyping up crowds for bands Golden Bloom and Grown-up Noise with rallies announced on Facebook and Twitter the day of the shows, creating quick flash mobs for silly causes.

The next picket signed event will be in support of vegan marriage, in Park Slope.

“We thought it’d be a good Brooklyn topic because there’s a lot of diverse culinary needs in the area,” Golden Bloom front-man Shawn Fogel said. “People should get that it’s a joke, it’s just a way of poking fun at the idea that two people who love each other can’t get married.”

The preposterous protests will be led by comedian Timmy Williams of the IFC TV show“Whitest Kids U Know”, providing ha-ha’s for every high note with his stand-up routine on topics like politics, pornography, and Williamsburg’s doppleganger — Portland.

The comic is a former ’Burg resident who says he left Brooklyn when the neighborhood was better known for crime than skinny jeans, fixie bikes, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

“Where I lived in Williamsburg, I think that block was the last block to get gentrified,” said Williams. “I liked a lot of the people that lived there, but our building was a focal point of heroin users in the neighborhood.”

Indie-folk band Grown-up Noise and one-man-band Golden Bloom — created by Fogel, whose other projects include a re-interpretation of Neutral Milk Hotel’s beloved tunes on ukelele — are no strangers to comedy, with Grown-up Noise having performed with comedian Patton Oswalt, and Golden Bloom starting the entire ridiculous rally concept with a music video for their song “Ryhme the Reason,” where a Tea Party protest is transformed into a series of non-sequiturs.

“Anyone that appreciates good music and good comedy should come,” said Grown-up Noise bassist Adam Sankowski. “There’s an uncertainty that comes when you blend those two thing that guarantees a fun night.”

Golden Bloom, Grown-up Noise, and Timmy Williams at Union Hall [702 Union St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, Unionhallny.com]. Aug. 17, 7:30 pm, $8 / $10 doors.

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