A Serenade for Summer

Live Music to Close the Season

As summer begins to wind down, the Labor Day holiday weekend offers one more opportunity to soak up the last glorious morsels of summer in The Hamptons. In addition to lazy days at the beach, perhaps a decadent brunch, or simply downtime with friends, there are no shortages of ways to pass the long weekend. Even as the season slows down, exciting live performances from today’s hottest musical acts continue to play The Hamptons all weekend long. Here we take one more look at the best in live entertainment not to be missed the first week in September.

Friday, September 1

San Fermin at The Surf Lodge
On Friday, September 1st, the avant-garde indie pop group San Fermin kicks off the final weekend of the wildly popular summer concert series at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. With their sweeping and lyrical sound, the band is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based artist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who trained in the music program at Yale and was mentored by composer Nico Muhly. In 2013, San Fermin released their first studio album, which featured collaborations with Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of the Brooklyn group Lucius. Since then the indie band has released two more full- length albums, including 2017’s Belong, garnering the group critical praise and a devoted following. Here their impressive live show featuring vocalist Charlene Kaye pairs perfectly with the magical views of one of The Hampton’s most beloved outdoor music venues.

Monday, September 4

Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf at The Surf Lodge
One of the hottest acts on the rise, Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf, close out the summer concert season at The Surf Lodge in Montauk on Monday, September 4th. The eight-piece powerhouse of a band burst onto the scene after wowing audiences at the SXSW Festival in Austin and a 2017 summer residency at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. In March 2017, the group released a three-track preview EP Dare in anticipation of the September release of their first full studio album Bad Get Some. The album was recorded in the famous United Sound Studio in Detroit, Michigan, home to Earth, Wind, & Fire, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic perfectly mirroring the band’s aesthetic. The group’s sound is an electric 21st century take on psychedelic funk grounded in the fierce vocals of lead singer Miss Velvet, who has drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin and Etta James with a style all her own. Their electrifying sound and explosive energy ensure that summer at The Surf Lodge will go out in a blaze of glory.

Friday, September 8

PUMP! at The Stephen Talkhouse
The high-octane Top 40 cover band PUMP! bring their joyful live act to The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Friday, September 8th in an event that is sure to be a blast! Led by powerhouse vocalists Amanda Profaci and Chris Rogers, the group covers a wide array of hits from today’s hottest artists including Pitbull, Rihanna, Jessie J, Maroon 5, Avicii, and many others. They are joined onstage by a live band of talented musicians who help round out their layered vocals and harmonies, creating a full- edged concert experience. This is the perfect opportunity to hear all of the hits of summer with the nonstop energy of live shows performed by a talented
group of artists.

Saturday, September 9

The Mavericks at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
The eclectic American rock group The Mavericks bring their unique blend of Americana, neo-traditional country, and Tex-Mex to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 9th. The Mavericks were formed in 1989 in Miami, Florida and recorded six studio albums between 1991 and 2003, winning a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their 1996 hit “Here Comes the Rain.” Also drawing inspiration from Latin music and Rockabilly, The Mavericks are perhaps best known for their singles “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” featuring Flaco Jimenez and “Dance the Night Away,” both of which placed on Billboard charts. The group split in 2004 and reformed in 2013 with the reunion album In Time. Their most recent release is 2017’s Brand New Day, which perfectly captures their singular American rock sound.