Valerie June at SummerStage in Central Park

Sunday, August 27, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Singularly unique voice that blurs the lines between genres and eras, resulting in an eclectic blend of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues

VALERIE JUNE

It’s rare to encounter someone whose voice is as universally extolled as Valerie June’s. The colossally talented, Tennessee-raised singer-songwriter took the music realm by soulful storm with her 2013 bombshell hit album Pushin’ Against a Stone. Heralded as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” by The New York Times, and ruled “Unstoppable” by Rolling Stone (along with countless other accolades from esteemed music publications), June had truly arrived. Not one to rush things (she has a remarkable affinity for, and appreciation of, ‘time,’ and the transient nature of being), she spent the following years cultivating and developing her sophomore release, The Order of Time. The unadulterated success of her first album gave June the confidence and freedom to experiment with forms and genre, evidenced on this swirling blues, soul, country, R&B and folk masterpiece of a follow-up. Listen for her inventive use of banjos on multiple tracks, for a glimpse into her brilliant musical psyche.

All Time Low / SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks at SummerStage in Central Park

July 31 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

$39.50 – $45

By purchasing tickets to SummerStage Benefit Concerts, you are continuing to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs.

All Time Low

Heralded as one of the best pop-punk bands of the modern era, a precocious All Time Low crew began their journey in 2003 when they formed just outside of Baltimore, while still in high school. Now seemingly always on tour, this hard working quartet was first invited on the Vans Warped Tour in 2007. Soon after, their 2nd album was released, So Wrong, It’s Right, which skyrocketed to #62 on the Billboard 200, catapulting them into the limelight of not just the punk scene but of the world stage. Since then, they’ve sold well over 1.2 million albums, chocked up over 100 million YouTube views and have appeared on all the biggest late night shows. This past year, fans across the globe have been doting over their live album Straight to DVD II: Past, Present, and Future Hearts, and the brand new single “Dirty Laundry,” a surprisingly poignant relationship ballad.

SWMRS 

Harkening back to the punk glory days of yore, SWMRS is a hyper-politically energized band with something to say. As evidenced by their distinct influences, from the apparent (The Clash, The Ramones) to the less obvious (Public Enemy, Kurt Cobain, The Beach Boys), this electrifying quartet is all about staying true to oneself and freeing your inner voice. Initially named Emily’s Army, brothers Cole and Max Becker teamed up with Joey Armstrong (son of punk legend Billy Joel Armstrong) as tiny tykes. They would eventually add Seb Mueller and be re-christened as SWMRS, the raucous, much adored Oakland-bred crew they are today. Their debut album Drive North (which was rereleased under their current label Fueled by Ramen in 2016) is a joyously adrenaline-powered tour de force, featuring the single “Miley,” an homage to Miley Cyrus and her intrinsic embodiment of punk rock values.

Waterparks 

Hot off the release of their debut album Double Dare, Waterparks transcend the pop-punk distinction with a vivacious sound that is layered with components of jazz, hip-hop, indie rock and electronica. Spawned in Houston, Texas, these guys have been making tunes together since 2011. Their new album is admittedly more “honest” than their past endeavors (three solid EPs), according to the crystal-clear voiced front-man Awsten Knight. Fans have certainly responded, as Double Dare charted for eight consecutive weeks. Their ebullient vitality on full display, the Waterparks trio has been touring relentlessly, sharing the stage with Good Charlotte, All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens and many other commandingly fun ensembles.

The Wrecks 

Recently formed and rarin’ to go, The Wrecks are an LA-based five-piece that was reared in Thousand Oaks, CA, that brings with them hard-driving melodic alterna-pop sensibilities. They count The Pixies, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and Weezer among their heaviest influences, and their sound jubilantly rings with the quirkily ironic fervor of guys who actually don’t take themselves too seriously. They put out their first single in March of 2016 (after a 3-day cram-jam studio session, frenetically fostered on borrowed time), “Favorite Liar,” which Infectious Magazine lauded as “nostalgic, punchy…hits all the right builds.” This smirking, sardonic track, along with the devilishly enjoyable “I Don’t Like You,” force you to bop your head along and happily tap your toes.

Details

Date:
July 31
Time:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
Cost:
$39.50 – $45

Venue

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Regina Spektor at SummerStage in Central Park

July 27

Regina Spektor

The dulcet, oft spectral tones of Regina Ilyinichna Spektor’s voice are immediately recognizable as hers and hers alone. Born in Moscow, she immediately displayed a proclivity for music, studying classical piano at age six. Her family left Russia for New York City, and Spektor continued her training, focusing on composition. By her later teen years she had released 11:11, a bluesy, jazzy effort, with standouts like the sensually staccato “Love Affair.” She continued to refine her sound with 2002’s Songs, which displayed her piano prowess and vocal dexterity on tracks like “Lacrimosa,” and then 2004’s Soviet Kitsch, featuring the gut-wrenchingly soulful “Carbon Monoxide.” During this time her popularity in the East Village anti-folk scene blossomed. When she released Begin to Hope in 2006, she fully crossed over into the mainstream. Gold-certified, this record dominated the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the vocally tantalizing tracks “On the Radio,” “Better” and “Fidelity.” Her followups, 2009’s Far (featuring the escalating, melodic gift “Eet”) and 2012’s What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (with the perkily Parisian, horn-tinged “Don’t Leave Me”) both debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her latest, 2016’s Remember Us To Life, has garnered critical laudation from virtually every music publication and outlet imaginable. Her music is routinely featured in TV & film, including Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, and The Leftovers (with the unforgettably poignant “Laughing With”). An official “Steinway Artist,” she also plays the guitar with finesse and contributes to numerous humanitarian and philanthropic causes.

 

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PJ Harvey at SummerStage in Central Park

July 19 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm

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By purchasing tickets to SummerStage Benefit Concerts, you are continuing to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs.

PJ Harvey

Vocalist and guitarist PJ Harvey burst onto the alternative rock scene in 1992 when her debut single ‘Dress’ hailed worldwide acclaim. Her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, documents a unique artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. She has continually evolved her sound ranging from punk to blues and among the accolades she has received are the Mercury Prize in 2001, 2011, eight Brit Awards nominations, seven Grammy Awards nominations and two additional Mercury Prize nominations. PJ Harvey will bring her unique style to SummerStage for a benefit concert in Central Park this July as part of her select festival dates.

Details

Date:
July 19
Time:
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Cost:
$49.50

Venue

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
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Yo La Tengo at SummerStage in Central Park

Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting

July 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Critically acclaimed alternative rock figures with an uninterrupted 30+year career unparalleled in its creative breadth

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo’s uninterrupted 30-years-and-counting career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms – playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, collaborating with everyone from Homer Simpson to Ray Davies, from Chris Elliott to Yoko Ono, portraying the Velvet Underground in I Shot Andy Warhol and composing scores for Adventureland and the films of Jean Painlevé, and even creating a holiday tradition unto themselves with their series of Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, New Jersey’s legendary club Maxwell’s, from which they’ve donated hundreds of thousands to charity.

Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting are lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls. Their first album, the self-titled Ultimate Painting, came out in 2014, followed by their second in 2015,  the unanimously acclaimed Green Lanes. In 2016 came their third record, Dusk, a ten-song set that expands the group’s sound, where it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo’s respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance. With the first single “Bills,” the group has recorded an album that feels decidedly English. Cooper’s abstract poeticism balances perfectly alongside Hoare’s alluring and universal pop leanings. The group has discovered a simple lushness in Dusk’s arrangements, sometimes only with subtle additions like a recently acquired Wurlitzer piano. James and Jack are accompanied by recent live drummer Melissa Rigby, who drums on the entirety of Dusk. Her skills lend a rhythmic elasticity to the songs with jazzy undertones that break from the band’s previously unadorned 4/4 leanings. Dusk feels different and cements the group’s presence in the modern world of guitar pop, finding voice in the allure of quietude.

Details

Date:
July 17
Time:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 6 / Show 7pm
Cost:
Free
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Map: