Bonobo Concert in NYC

As of today, this blog post has been put on the back of the (bunsen) burner for a full month now. Shame on me.

On Friday before classes started up for the fall, September 16, Bonobo was playing in New York City! The concert is part of the ROCKS OFF Concert Cruise Series. Basically he played on a boat, and it was pretty cool.

Taking off at the Bedford-Stuyvesant area (in fact we passed by a Stuyvesant football game), the boat we were on was dubbed the “Queen of Hearts.” Boarding started at 7pm, so we made our way to NYC from Philly on the 3pm bus (which turned out to be a 3 hour ride of traffic haha). After celebrating our safe arrival in the Coldstone in Times Square, we took the 1 train uptown.

At first it was pretty cool, being on the boat and all, haveinga bar on board that I could finally order drinks from now that I’m over 21. But once the boat started moving, the sites were so pretty! I tried taking pictures, but alas my hands were shaky.

We rode right along the Hudson River, making our way past the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. There were a couple of times I think people were jamming so hard that the boat was about to tip over, but thank God it’s little putters kept puttering O.O

The DJ playing while we were waiting for Bonobo was pretty decent, but oh man everyone knew when our expected DJ started playing his iconic tunes. I got a short video of one of my favorite songs by him “Kiara.”


And here is a clearer version of Prelude+Kiara, so you can enjoy it as much as I do ❤



I wasn’t really expected to dance or enjoy myself too too much (after all, I was nervous because it was my first concert), but man I couldn’t help myself when I heard those beats! There was an amazing reggae/Bob Marley mix I need to find. It was so sick!

And of course there was your share of questionable substances, alcohol abuse, and heavily make-uped girls being all “sexy,” all of which I ran away from. But all in all I came out unscathed and had a great time. Of course, sadly the night had to end. Famished we made our way to a Five Guys burger place and stuffed our faces. The Megabus was for 1am, so of course it was a journey just getting back to Philly and home safetly.

Overall, I don’t think I will ever go to a concert outside of Philly without a place to crash, but it felt good to rebel once and experience a night concert.


7 comments on “Bonobo Concert in NYC

  1. improperintegirl says:

    I’ve never been to a concert on a boat… it sounds awesome! Glad you had an awesome time though… and the type of concert tends to correlate with how much questionable substance use is going on. Normally, if the concert it seated things are more calm. The Dropkick Murphies concert I went to had soooooooo much beer going around. Scott said it was worse than the metal concerts he went to, in terms of drunk people anyway XD

    • Thanks! I agree though, the type of concert is definitely proportional to the amount of questionable things going on. I like some trippy music, and I’m pretty sure I smelled some interesting things and saw a pipe being passed around. I’ll have to try a seated concert next time XD

  2. Omg, that looks like SO MUCH FUN. I went on a dinner cruise over the summer that took the same path as your concert boat!. 😀 I spent the majority of it on the deck, though, because NYC looks so beautiful at night. ❤ Unfortunately, I wasn't 21 yet at the time.. so no drinks for me. 😦 I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, though. Concerts are always an escape for me. 😛

    • Thanks! I’m rather a late bloomer in many things, and experiencing the joy of concerts is no exception. NYC is amazing at night. Living there all my life, sometimes I forget how great a city it is.

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