The Rabbit Factory Soul Review
Jelly NYC/McCarren Park Pool
July 6, 2008
Written by Joshua Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson
Photo: Ronnie Spector
Let’s face it. Jelly NYC knows how to throw
a party. At least when it comes to the string of
shows held at Mccarren Park Pool both this and last
summer. This is the thought that occurred to me
last week when we went to check out Ronnie Spector
with supporting act The Rabbit Factory Soul Review.
Being that it was the 4th of July weekend, it seemed
like a fitting lineup. The sweet soul coming from
both acts was the perfect fit for a holiday weekend.
Throw in the kickball, slip and slide, grilled food
and plentiful beer, and the day took on a nostalgic
air that probably would not have been achieved with
other acts. The only really downside was the oppressive
humidity. But hey, it’s July, so it’s
to be expected.
I readily admit that I am not very familiar with
either act. My knowledge of Spector basically stems
from my knowledge that she was married to Phil Spector
(and made it out alive), and that the Ramones were
quite fond of her. You can see where Ms. Winehouse
and other current neo-soul singers have gotten their
inspiration. I had never heard of the Rabbit Factory.
I do recall being very satisfied with their cover
of James Brown’s “try me”, and
I’m sure other classics I did not recognize
were played with an equal amount of sweat and perfection.
Ms. Spector as well is a consummate performer. She
graces the stage as if she’s owned it all
her life. There are certain acts that have been
around for a while that take the stage with an air
of resignation. Not so on this humid July day for
either of the acts.
Herman Hitson of Rabbit
Factory Soul Review
Apparently, the pool will once again be used for
its original purpose, which makes this the last
summer of the pool parties. Although I am glad to
see it being used for its originally designated
community purpose, I will look back on the Jelly
NYC shows held there with affection. And wherever
they decide to move the party, I will be sure to
follow as long as they keep bringing the quality
acts. Well, bringing the slip and slide would be