Sun Down, Music Up

The Many Talents Coming to the Talkhouse, Surf Lodge, and WHBPAC

With Labor Day distant on the horizon, summer enters its stunning golden hour in the month of August. As visitors continue to flock to the sun-soaked villages of the Hamptons for respite from the hot city, so do world-class entertainers and musical acts, making for exciting nights once that summer sun has finally set. Here we take a look at the most exclusive and thrilling performers to take the stage in The Hamptons as summer shines on.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

Big Sam’s Funky Nation at The Stephen Talkhouse
The New Orleans-bred, high-energy jazz-funk group Big Sam’s Funky Nation make a return engagement to The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Friday, August 4th. The one-of-a-kind group boasts an electric genre-mixing fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and rock & roll. With that unique sound, the group has built a stellar reputation for putting on unforgettable live concerts due in large part to numerous performances on the festival circuit including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the Voodoo Festival.

The group’s fearless leader, New Orleans native and world-famous trombonist, Big Sam, has an extensive career that includes performing alongside music legends such as Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and James Brown. The musical prodigy was also featured on the HBO drama Treme in a recurring role. The group’s infectious sound defies genre and appeals to a wide audience with its celebratory nature, making it the perfect nightcap to a day at the beach in The Hamptons. (The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

Snakehips at The Surf Lodge

One of the hottest-producing duos on the rise, the Snakehips make their Hamptons debut in a live performance at The Surf Lodge on Saturday, August 5. The group comprised of UK natives Oliver Lee and James Carter first gained notice in 2012 with their remixes of tracks by Wild Belle, Bondax, Banks, and The Weekend. The duo famously met while working on separate projects at Ginn, a notable Sake bar in Hong Kong.

In the spring of 2016, they made a name for themselves with their own single “On & On,” which perfectly captures their sound, a sensual take on old school R&B and hip-hop. They are perhaps best known for the single “All My Friends.” Their style also captures the left-side-downtempo spirit of electronic music making for an evening with smooth beats and chill vibes. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk)

Leslie Odom Jr. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Tony award-winning star of stage and screen, Leslie Odom Jr., brings his solo act to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in an exclusive one-night concert event. His show- stopping performance as Aaron Burr opposite Lin Manuel Miranda in the smash cultural sensation Hamilton solidified his meteoric rise to fame
in addition to a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Prior to Hamilton, he starred on stage in Rent, Leap of Faith, Venice, and Tick, Tick, Boom and is known to wider audiences for his featured role on NBC’s musical TV series Smash, in addition to guest-starring roles on Law & Order: SVU and Person of Interest.

Last year, the Philadelphia native and Carnegie Mellon alum released his first self-titled solo album of jazz standards and acoustic covers in addition to an album of holiday favorites. Here, he showcases his warm personality, effortless vocal stylings, and endless charisma. In addition to his Tony Award, Leslie Odom Jr. is also a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Acting, which honors emerging artists, all adding to the accolades and making him one of the hottest Broadway stars today. (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach)

STATURDAY, AUGUST 12

ZZ Ward at The Surf Lodge

The American musician, singer and songwriter ZZ Ward plays The Surf Lodge on Saturday, August 12 in a continuation of her wildly popular summer concert series. Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Oregon, and LA-based, ZZ Ward has a truly American sound. Her style is a powerful blend of raw blues, hip-hop and acoustic singer/ songwriter. She is largely influenced by the blues albums her father played during her childhood and began singing with his band at the age of 12 before branching out and performing with other local acts as a teenager.

In 2012, she released her first solo album Til the Casket Drops which included the hit single “Put the Gun Down.” The track spent several weeks on the AAA radio chart and broke the Billboard Alternative Chart Top 40. The singer who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Good Morning America has drawn comparisons to Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James, all the while maintaining a style all her own. (The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk)