Summer is officially winding down but that’s not a reason to skip squeezing in a little more beach time. Especially when that beach time comes with some great bands playing a stone’s throw away. (For clarity’s sake, I despise the beach so do not actually go onto the sand or in the water, but I can’t resist great “beach adjacent” music so that classifies as a beach day for me.)
Rippers aka everyone’s “favorite beach burger shack” has been hosting beach front shows all summer and I sadly had not been able to make it down to any of them due to being insanely busy working a ton of other shows, but nothing like getting one in right under the wire. I had a magic early evening window in my schedule before I had to dash off to work another late night show in Manhattan so I took advantage of that and headed to the shore.
While there I was thrilled to take in the snarky sounds of Nevva, who if you didn’t already know, wrote one of the most iconic dis track/punk songs of all time, “Boyfriend’s Band.” Because truly, no one does give a fuck about your boyfriend’s band even if they did almost open for Fugazi.
Debbie Dopamine was up next, this being the new songwriting project of Katie Ortiz who has been part of several bands I’ve enjoyed over the last few years and really shows the depth of her songwriting (read our review of their debut EP, Pets). It was my first time seeing them and surely will not be my last.
Jelly Kelly took the third spot and brought their signature blend of indie and jangle pop to the evening, fuzzy bass and busy drums taking center stage. Unfortunately halfway through their set was when I had to start heading out and getting into work mode (so I missed the final band, Lost Children And Other Problems) but this was a very nice rock n roll oasis in a very busy time for me (and certainly better than the EDM show I found myself working after I left).
While Rippers will be continuing to do shows through this month, this will likely be my one and only stop there for 2022. But no worries, I’ll see them again next summer. I’m already looking forward to it <3
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kate Hoos)