The various concerts, one of three verticals the festival offers (the other two being innovation and film), featured performers such as Kacey Musgrove, Scully, Questlove, Peanut Butter World, J. Rocc, Desert Sharks and more.
The concert didn’t occur without some hiccups, however. Prior to the event, festival organizers decided to pull the plug on the band “Good English” when a character statement from the band’s drummer, Leslie Rasmussen, appeared online where she defended her former high school classmate and now convicted former Stanford University rapist, Brock Turner. The band’s five Brooklyn shows during multiple festivals were all dropped from the various lineups last week. Rasmussen has since apologized a few times, adding “I am 20 years old, and it has never been more clear to me that I still have much to learn" in her last statement.
Cigar City Management’s entire showcase at the festival was also cancelled due to rather unexpected reasons. Upon hearing that the original venue had booked a “Nazi, skinhead rally” known as Oi Fest, they decided to pull out from performing at that particular venue. After trying to book another space during the busy weekend, they found a replacement venue at an art gallery. At the very last minute, the gallery informed them “that the noise and set up is unmanageable for the gallery, despite their previous assurance that it would not be a problem,” according to a statement on the company’s Facebook page.
“So much goes into planning an event, and there are always unexpected issues which can cripple a night,” the statement concluded. “We just never expected it would be Nazis.”
Participants from Amazon, Rebecca and Uri Minkoff, Bitten, Buzzfeed, WNYC, The New York Times, Artsy and Anchor all spoke about their respective industries and led discussions throughout the four-day festival.