NYC has struggled to put on a sustainable summer music festival. We have our free and marquee shows in Prospect and Central Park, but us New Yorker’s are itching for that one knockout festival that returns, year after year. With that, here comes the Catalpa Festival, ready to save us all from the hole we had yet to fill.
Hitting Randall’s Island on July 28th and 29th, the inaugural Catalpa Festival is bringing as big of a genre mix we an handle. Coming into to town to win our hearts will be: The Black Keys, T.V. on the Radio, Umphrey’s McGee (throwing down two sets), A$ap Rocky, Cold War Kids, Araab Muzik, Felix da Housecat, and many more. There will also be a special reggae stage curated by High Times Magazine.
What IPMM is really looking forward to, is the festival’s final headliner. Closing out the entire affair will be Snoop Dog will play his seminal recording, Doggystyle from front to back. The phenomenon of playing albums in their entirety is slowly trickling into the world of Hip-Hop, and Doggystyle is the perfect album to please the masses.
Catalpa is not just about the music though. This is meant to be the full festival experience, something that brings together multiple art forms in one place. There will be art installations, a sculpture section provided by Arcadia, a farmer’s market, a silent disco, and an inflatable church, in case anyone gets the last minute urge to tie the knot after Snoop drops, “Gin and Juice.“
Tickets are available on the Catalpa website, don’t get shut out. IPMM will be on site to grab fantastic photos and coverage for everyone who can’t make it. Stay tuned …