The Musicians and Comics Coming Through the Hamptons
As we continue to relish everything the hamlets and villages have to offer, including a myriad of impressive live events, make the summer nights something to look forward to as much as a day on the beach. Here we take a look at some of the most exciting offerings in the coming weeks from world-class musicians and bands to award-winning comedic acts.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24Known for their 80’s pop synth-inspired sound, the Brooklyn-based group St. Lucia comes to The Surf Lodge Saturday, June 24 for a one-night-only concert event. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, singer/songwriter and frontman Jean-Philip Grobler found his voice as an artist after attending music school in Liverpool, where he met his collaborator and eventual wife, Patti Beranek. Grobler’s soaring vocals and unique aesthetic can be traced back to his experiences growing up and performing in the Drakensberg Boys School Choir, which toured the world extensively, further shaping St. Lucia’s unique aesthetic.
Grobler also cites Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, and Lionel Richie as artistic influences. The group has released two studio albums including When the Night (2013) and Matter (2016) and are known for their hit singles “Dancing on Glass” and “Elevate,” among many others. With their light, airy, and celebratory sound, St. Lucia will have their audience dancing late into the night. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
The American blues group Hot Tuna has been entertaining audiences with raucous live performances for over four decades and will bring their electric live act to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday June 30th. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady met as kids growing in in Washington, D.C. and started playing music together in their teens. They drew inspiration from everything the music scene in the nation’s capital had to offer including local blues, country, and jazz acts–all of which influenced their sound.
Over the next four decades the group would go on to to collaborate with other artists and work on solo projects, their friendship and love of rock and roll always bringing them back together. Hot Tuna has a devoted fan base and extensive catalog of album releases and has played with artists from Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, as well as music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Merlefest. (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach)
SATURDAY, JULY 1
Perhaps best known as the current co-host of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, comedian Colin Jost brings his hilarious stand-up act to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on Saturday July 1st. Prior to his stint on Weekend Update, Jost worked as a staff writer for SNL starting in 2005 before being named a co-head writer for the show from 2012 to 2015. His work on SNL has garnered him four Writer’s Guild Awards, a Peabody Award, and multiple Emmy Award nominations.
The Staten Island native also authored the screenplay to the Paramount/Netflix film Staten Island Summer based on his own experiences working as a lifeguard growing up. Jost was also featured in the 2016 comedy How to Be Single and is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times, and Huffington Post. With his dude-next-door persona and observational brand of comedy, Colin Jost has audiences in stitches with his subtle and sidesplitting jokes. (Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor)
MONDAY, JULY 3
The New York City-bred classic rock group The London Souls bring their boundless energy to The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett in an exclusive summer concert on Monday, July 3. The group was formed in 2008 after its founding members Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilaire met as teenagers and hit it o during extended jam sessions in rehearsal rooms around the city. From there The London Souls have developed a devoted fan base with the studio albums Here Come the Girls and Jam in the Van.
The rock and roll duo is heavily influenced by the pioneering British rock bands Led Zeppelin and Cream and also cite The Beatles and The Hollies as inspiration with their seamless harmonies and unforgettable hooks. Combined with elements of funk and soul, The London Souls have an unparalleled sound that is explosive in live performance, making for a perfect summer evening on the long Fourth of July weekend. (The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main Street, Amagansett)