Among the numerous issues caused by Hurricane Irene's imminent arrival in NYC, Mayor Bloomberg has revoked some 300 permits for fairs and festivals scheduled throughout the city this weekend. Among the highly anticipated musical events affected are the 19th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Dave Matthews Band on Governor's Island, and - most regrettably - the 7th annual Afro-Punk Festival in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park, which was to have featured Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Toro Y Moi, Das Racist, and many others. Damnit.
As of now, the Charlie Parker Fest is still happening tomorrow up in Marcus Garvey Park with Toots Thielmans, James Carter, Tia Fuller and Cécile McLorin Salvant: the music kicks off around 3pm. If you happen to be a Dave Matthews fan - well, I can't really help you with that.
Update: In case you haven't heard, the MTA is shutting down all public transportation at noon tomorrow, essentially putting an end to any musical plans this weekend, inside or outside. The city has also ordered the mandatory evacuation of all low-lying areas: see here to know whether or not your neighborhood is affected.