Friday night I let my inner hipster out and headed to the Vans Warped Tour Kickoff Party being held at the House of Vans in Brooklyn. This was the first time in seventeen years that the event was taking place on the east coast (big up to BK) and New York was ready to represent.
First off, if you haven’t been to HOV yet it’s about time you found yourself a skater and got yourself to Greenpoint. While the super exclusive indoor skate park is normally members only, they do open their doors for special occasions and concerts, and I definitely recommend taking advantage of these rare opportunities. (Mos Def and Kelis performed there last fall)
The party kicked off with a press conference as reporters and photographers hustled to get their questions answered by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, producer Steve Van Doren, and past tour artists. By the time the conference was over and 8:00 rolled around, the doors had been opened to the public and I was swimming in a sea of flannel, fitteds and PBR.
As Moving Mountains took the stage, I grabbed some free food (props for the taco truck setup) and made my way up the stairs to the raised concrete bowl where skating legends Christian Hosoi, Steve Alba and Jeff Grosso were killing it for the crowd. Harry Jumonji was also up top, walking around with cigarette in hand, talking to fans and chillin with friends. I pretty much planted myself there for the rest of the night and watched the free skate while listening to the sounds of Lionize, MC Lars, and The Wonder Years. In between sets the lights were shut off and the bowl glowed neon blue as the skaters shredded to old school hip hop beats. By 12:00am the official 2011 Warped Tour lineup was announced as promised, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone was more than pleased with the results.
Regardless if you’ve got skate skills or just an appreciation for the others that do, if you are able to score a way in, DO IT. I’m willing to bet that you won’t be disappointed.
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