So Just Kick and Push and Coast Your Way to These Concerts
After the excitement of the Fourth of July fades away, summer eases comfortably into its relaxing vibe. In addition to fine dining, high-end shopping, and of course the beach, the Hamptons offer no shortage of ways to pass the time and make the most of the season. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world-class live acts that continue to roll through town entertaining locals and vacationers alike. Here we take another look at the most refreshing live performances to play the Hamptons in the first part of July.
SATURDAY, JULY 8
Saved by the 90’s at The Stephen Talkhouse
Get ready for a raucous dance party down memory lane as the 90s cover group The Bayside Tigers bring
their jamming show Saved by the 90’s to The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, July 8. Originating in New York and now playing all over the country, Saved by the 90s is an interactive dance party featuring a rocking cover band that plays everything from Third Eye Blind to the Spice Girls to the Backstreet Boys and the Beastie Boys.
With their high-quality sound and talented performers, The Bayside Tigers have created the longest running 90s tribute show in the country. Following the live band, a DJ takes over, spinning all the hits and having audiences dancing late into the night. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear all your favorite songs brought to joyous life with all the rocking energy of live performance. (The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main Street, Amagansett)
SUNDAY, JULY 9
G. Love & Special Sauce at The Surf Lodge
The Philadelphia-based trio G. Love & Special Sauce bring their unique brand of blues to Montauk’s sun-soaked summer destination The Surf Lodge in a special concert event on Sunday, July 9. The group, made up of G. Love (born Garrett Dutton) on vocals/guitar, Jeff Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on upright bass, has been making music together since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1994.
Their sound can be described as laid-back blues and is heavily influenced by R&B and hip-hop, in particular the old-school sounds of Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys. With several studio albums under their belt and frequent collaborations and performances with Jack Johnson, G. Love is a self-described “road dog” who lives for touring and live performance. The concert series at The Surf Lodge is the perfect opportunity to see this consummate music man in his element. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)
SUNDAY, JULY 16
Lupe Fiasco at The Surf Lodge
Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco rose to fame in 2006 with the release of his album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. On Sunday, July 16, the rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur brings his dynamic live act to The Surf Lodge in Montauk. The Chicago- raised artist started rapping in junior high and got his break as a part of the short-lived hip-hop group Da Pak before being mentored by Jay Z and signing a record deal.
From there, Lupe Fiasco went on to produce an extensive catalog of music, receiving multiple Grammy Award nominations and winning Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Daydreamin” featuring R&B Artist Jill Scott. Among the most celebrated hip-hop artists of the last 20 years, the cerebral and enigmatic performer is influenced by Nas, Jay Z, Common, and A Tribe Called Quest, all the while maintaining his singular and distinct voice. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)
Aaron Tveit at The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Star of stage and screen Aaron Tveit returns to his Broadway roots in a one-night solo concert event at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 16th. Tveit received his big break after a casting director saw him perform at Ithaca College in Upstate New York and offered him a role in the national tour of Rent. From there, the charismatic performer made his Broadway debut joining the company of the smash-
hit musical Hairspray as the leading man heartthrob Link Larkin. Following his winning performance, he went on to star in Wicked before creating roles in the original productions of Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can.
After a recurring role on Gossip Girl, Tveit shot to stardom for his impassioned turn as Enjolras in the film adaptation of the beloved musical Les Miserables. He received further acclaim for his spirited and charming performance as Danny Zuko in Fox’s Grease Live! Here, the immensely talented song- and-dance man showcases his soaring voice and magnetic stage presence, reminding audiences how brightly his star shines. (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach)