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Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Jean Grae, Azar Swan, and Big Huge at Seaport Music Festival

Seaport Music Festival celebrates their fifteenth anniversary this year and to commemorate this occasion, the festival featured comedy (on Thursday, September 7th), dance (on Friday, September 8th), and live music sets on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.

The live music portion kicked off with an afternoon and early evening lineup selected by Ted Leo, whose newest album, The Hanged Man, was released the day before. The show was hosted by Dap, formerly of Das Racist, who engaged with the crowd and read poetry before and after live music sets. The stage was set up in front of Fulton Market which was a little weird as it was in the middle of fancy shops and restaurants and faced something called "Chase Sapphire Lounge" where people were drinking beer and watching the US Open.

The show began with a set from Big Huge, who were followed by Azar Swan, then Jean Grae (who was joined on stage by Quelle Chris, and three audience members who were backup dancers during two of her songs), and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists closing out the night.

It was great to document the first Seaport Music Festival live music event post Hurricane Sandy (the last SMF concert I attended was Joanna Gruesome and Big Ups in August 2014) as the South Street Seaport area underwent heavy construction for the past few years. 

The 2017 Seaport Music Festival comes to an end on Sunday with a day curated by DJ Jonathan Toubin. Photos from the second day of performances are available here.