Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Night Moves, Coliseum, Above this Fire, Lottery League Summer Grand Finale and more will perform at the Museum this July and August
CLEVELAND (May 16, 2013) –This is the summer to rock, and Summer in the City, the Rock Hall’s FREE live concert series, returns this season to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Beginning on Wednesday, July 17th some of the country’s most buzzed about up and coming artists will perform on the Museum plaza (weather permitting, if necessary it will be moved inside to the Main Stage), and concessions will be available for purchase from the Museum and local food trucks on the plaza, as well. Summer in the City is sponsored by KeyBank and Yuengling.
Each Summer in the City artist or band has been invited to blog on rockhall.com/blog to share their experiences with fans: how they got started, their inspirations, their aspirations for the future and what their thoughts are on performing in Cleveland at the Museum.
Summer in the City 2013 concert schedule:
JULY 17 , 7-10 p.m.
Phosphorescent (opening band TBA)
Nearly three years on from his breakthrough album Here’s To Taking It Easy, Phosphorescent returns to the fray with his most stunning record yet: Muchacho. During the last album’s ‘cycle’, one could almost hear jaws hitting the floor witnessing a live band of such infinite verve. Not only did the album draw high praise in the form of Mojo’s ‘Album of the Month’ (#8 End of Year), Sunday Times & The Independent ‘Albums of the Week’, hit Rough Trade’s Top 5 Best of the Year, but the band also supported The National over the course of three sold out nights at Brixton Academy, a show that The Independent gave 5/5 and called “a sublime, joyous gig”.
JULY 31 , 7-10 p.m.
Father John Misty with Night Moves
Josh Tillman of Father John Misty has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. Phil Ek (who has worked with Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes) heard the rough versions of the album in May 2011 and offered his services to mix. “Phil and I have known each other for a while by virtue of Fleet Foxes, so he was familiar with my music, but we had never discussed working together. I think he immediately recognized the shift in my writing and singing from a producer and friend’s standpoint. His excitement is really evident in mixes, I think.”
Formed in 2009 by guitarist and vocalist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema, Night Moves is a distinctly original concoction. Their honey-dipped sound seethes with a kind of down-home tenderness the arrangements are colossal in shape. Night Moves’ powerful debut Colored Emotions is this Minneapolis group’s first album. The songs of Night Moves conjure a spiritual energy only twenty-somethings dislodged by adversity and isolation could produce. An album like Colored Emotions seems intent to turn inward to create a joyous universe within its own boundaries. Certainly, the group’s musical abilities are innate without ever being too self-conscious about it. It’s as if it came second nature to them and the arrival of the rest of us took them by surprise.
AUGUST 14, 7-10 p.m.
Coliseum with Above this Fire
Formed in late 2003, Coliseum Louisville, KY/Birmingham, AL power trio has toured and recorded with relentless abandon for the better part of a decade. They issued a self-titled debut album on Level Plane in 2004, followed by the Goddamage EP on Auxiliary Records in 2005, before joining the Relapse Records roster in 2007 for the release of their second album, No Salvation. Following the release of No Salvation, the band embarked on countless tours in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan with Converge, High On Fire, MONO, Napalm Death, Baroness, Russian Circles, Torche, Integrity, and many others. In 2009, Coliseum released the "True Quiet / Last Wave" 7" single on Deathwish Inc. before joining the Temporary Residence family in 2010, where they have released their most compelling and resonant music to date.
Above This Fire integrates catchy, melodic, old-school hardcore, with Iron Maiden-esque metal riffs, and offers up punishing breakdowns for a resulting effect of super high-energy sound that is not often found in today's music. With kids lined up a city block deep outside, and hanging from the rafters inside, an Above This Fire show has fans rethinking hardcore music. Bulldozing past scenes and trends, the band strives to put a fresh coat on its approach year after year and now 12 years strong.
AUGUST 28, 7-10 p.m.
Lottery League Summer Grand Finale
Nothing puts the spotlight on a local music scene quite like the Lottery League, and to close this year’s Summer in the City Series the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to present four bands from 2013’s “The Big Show”! Part game show, part circus, part city-wide art project, the Lottery League takes musicians and artists from a local music scene, randomly drafts them into brand new bands, and then gives them two months to collaborate. Uniquely joining rock, to punk, to soul, to hip-hop, to indie, to polka, to any and all, these players are literally drawn from every corner of the musical spectrum far and wide and all thrown into a hopper together. Come see what Scene Magazine has called “One of the greatest music strokes of genius to hit any music scene ever” and watch the Lottery League wrap up its third season here in Cleveland when Queen of Hell, Douglas Adam’s Family, Dinosaur Coffin and Psychic Thrills representing the 2013 Lottery League by taking to the stage in downtown Cleveland and lighting up the city’s skyline like never before.
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