Tribeca Will Have Fun. for Two (Maybe Three) Nights

The pop rock trio Fun. is the first headliner to be announced for a summer concert series on Pier 26.

Feb. 11, 2013

This summer, Tribeca may be having even more Fun.

The pop rock trio Fun. is scheduled to perform for two nights, not one as first announced, on Tribeca's Pier 26, near Hubert Street. And that could go to a third night, said Hudson River Park Trust president Madelyn Wils.

"Normally, we'll not have more than two concerts a week," Wils said of the upcoming concert series on the pier. "We were just asked today whether we could book a third one for Fun. We'd like to do that. So, three nights of Fun."

Wils spoke to Community Board 1's Tribeca Committee on Monday, the day after the popular group walked away with Song of the Year ("We Are Young") and Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.

The Trust, in partnership with concert promoter Bowery Presents, is bringing Fun. to Pier 26 on July 23 and 24.

"We're kind of thrilled because we ended up headlining with a Grammy award winner," Wils told the committee. "Actually I didn't know their music until I watched the Grammys last night."

Wils said that eight concerts will be coming to the 5,000-capacity pier, "unless they get somebody really hot." Pier 26 is largely a long, undeveloped slab of concrete with a boathouse and restaurant under construction on the eastern end.

Other acts have yet to be announced for the Pier 26 concert series, but Wils said the Trust will be "sensitive" about which ones they choose.

"We approve all the artists, we're not going to be doing any electric artists. I have nothing against hip hop but we're not looking at that either," she said. "We're looking at more of a pop type of a culture."

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with concerts starting at 7. "The pier," Wils said, "has to be cleared off by 10." Tickets are $42.50.

Wils called her presentation about the concerts a "preliminary meeting" with the committee and said she would be returning with details on plans for security, sanitation and traffic. Concerts with attendance in the thousands, she noted, is nothing new for the Trust.

"We're used to doing all that,"  she said.