When the Sun Goes Down the Stars Come Out in More Ways than One
In mid-July, as summer dreamily rolls along, lazy days on the beach segue to lively evenings around town. Here we highlight some of the more enticing ways to spend the nights by taking a closer look at the world-class musicians and entertainers making their way out to The Hamptons this month.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Small Black at The Surf Lodge
The Brooklyn-based indie band Small Black brings their wistful and noisy indie-pop rock sound to The Surf Lodge in Montauk on Friday, July 21st. The group was formed after the name came to front man Josh Kolenik on a winter trip to Portland, Oregon. Once back in New York, Kolenik collaborated with guitarist Ryan Heyner and began making music on vintage keyboards in the attic above his uncle’s surf shop. Juan Pieczanski and Jeff Curtin entered the fray, and in 2010 the group released their first full album, New Chain.
Since then, with two more studio albums under their belt, the group has toured extensively, playing the festival circuit with appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Capitol Hill Block Party, and SXSW Music Festival, among many others. Their aesthetic includes a combination of hi- and lo- sounds, acoustic and synthetic arrangements, and melodic and lyrical vocals, creating a dreamy and chill sound. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Trevor Noah at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
On Saturday, July 22nd, comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah plays an exclusive one-night-only gig at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The Johannesburg native began his career in South Africa acting on soap operas, hosting TV and radio, and presenting stand-up. In 2014, he became an international correspondent for the long-running Comedy Central staple The Daily Show before taking the reins from host Jon Stewart in 2015.
Known for his uncannily astute observations and hilarious ability to point out life’s absurdities, Noah draws inspiration from the comedic greats including Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock. In addition to his status as one of today’s greatest comedians, Noah is the recipient of numerous awards including honors from the NAACP Image Awards, the Writer’s Guild of America, and the Critic’s Choice Awards, among many others. (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach)
FRIDAY, JULY 28
Sofia D’Angelo at The Stephen Talkhouse
A true star on the rise, singer-songwriter So a D’Angelo plays a heartfelt concert at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Friday, July 28th. The 18-year-old singer first started writing and performing her own music at the age of 12 at open mic nights in Sag Harbor. Since then she has performed as a solo artist and with her band The Sectionals all over New York, including engagements at The Studio at Webster Hall, The Parrish Art Museum, and The Stephen Talkhouse.
Her soulful sound is influenced by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga, and My Bloody Valentine. With her music, the New York City native offers an insightful, expressionistic, and stylized glimpse into her heart and mind. Her celestial acoustic stylings and powerful voice are sure ingredients for a relaxing summer night outside the city. (The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930)
SATURDAY, JULY 29
Marian Hill at The Surf Lodge
The singing duo Marian Hill find their way to The Surf Lodge on Saturday, July 29th, bringing with them seductive vocals and minimalist electronic beats. The self-made, Philadelphia-based group consists of singer Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd, who recorded their first single, “Whisky,” in Jeremy’s basement. They circulated the single on various blogs before it gained traction, bringing the group widespread attention including commercial deals, a recording contract, an EP release, and ultimately a full album.
Their 2016 album, Act One, includes the hit single “Down.” Their name is a nod to Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, characters in the beloved musical The Music Man. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch this rising group with their blend of smooth electronics, sultry saxophone, and virtuosic vocals. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)