For the past two years, filmmaker David Lynch has hosted a celebrity-laden, multiday lollapalooza of envelope-pushing artists, directors, actors, and musicians in Los Angeles named after a quote from his spiritual mentor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who said that “life is a festival of disruption.”
Thankfully, you don’t have to hop a plane to L.A. to experience the disruption-turned-invention. Lynch has expanded to the East Coast this year and is taking over the industrial-chic venue Brooklyn Steel for two nights in mid-May. The club will be transformed into a multimedia gallery, with planned exhibitions from groundbreaking photographer William Eggleston, John Malkovich collaborator Sandro Miller, and digital artist and video game maker David O’Reilly. There will be talks and movie screenings with two of his favorite muses, Isabella Rossellini and Naomi Watts, as well.
Both evening’s concerts feature impressive lineups, personally curated by Lynch himself, that are both gender- and genre-balanced with representatives from the fields of EDM, art-pop, hip hop, and jazz.
If you can only make one night, consider that overstuffed Sunday evening your best value. In addition to DJ sets from hip-hop/electro wunderkind Hudson Mohawke and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, you’ll also get a closing solo show from indie-folk darling Angel Olsen.
Why You Should Go: This Lynch-approved collective of electropop and rock features some amazing performers. As a bonus, proceeds will go to support the David Lynch Foundation’s Center for Health and Wellness.
David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption
319 Frost Street, Williamsburg
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
$60 per evening; $1,000 for VIP weekend pass