Storm King Summer Concert Series Kicks Off on Sunday

Glenn Mercer and Stan Demeski
Glenn Mercer and Stan Demeski of the Feelies

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

The Storm King Art Center in Mountainville presents its 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, kicking off on Sunday afternoon (June 28) with Porches and Frankie Cosmos. Each of the three concerts will take place at 2pm on Sundays amidst Storm King’s rolling fields, celebrated sculptures and natural landscape.

All concerts are free with admission to Storm King, which is $15 adults; $12 seniors; $8 ages 5-18 and students; FREE for children age 4 & under.

Here’s the Storm King concert schedule for the summer of 2015:

Sunday, June 28, 2PM

Porches is the proliferation of Aaron Maine’s love affair with music. Never quite landing in any particular niche, they navigate through genres, learning, obsessing and absorbing. Great victories and great defeats, cosmic or tangible, are the underlying elements that remain constant through the bands exploration. Kevin Farrant, Seiya Jewell, Cameron Wisch and Greta Kline join Maine in the glowing, dark and powerful live performances that Porches continues to provide.

Frankie Cosmos is a four-piece band consisting of Greta Kline (vocals, guitar), Aaron Maine (drums), David Maine (bass), and Gabrielle Smith (keyboard, vocals). Their performances vary from slow, sad ballads to goofy rock ’n’ roll love songs.

Sunday, August 9, 2PM
Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of Sonic Youth. He had finished work on his last album, Between the Times and the Tides, before Sonic Youth went on hiatus in the fall of 2011. The record followed an informal period of songwriting, borne of acoustic guitar fiddling and more direct lyrics from a poet known for emotive abstraction. Although songwriting and performing with his band the Dust (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, Tim Lüntzel) is his current focus, Lee also premiered a new work, “Hurricane Sandy Transcriptions,” for Berlin-based string ensemble Kaleidoskop (with Lee on guitar) at the Holland Festival in June 2013 and he continues to perform experimental events with partner Leah Singer.

Sunday, September 20, 2PM
In 2011, after a 19-year break, the Feelies released Here Before, an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. The new album touched on different styles from the Feelies’ long history while adding new grooves and musical ideas to the mix. Electric and acoustic guitars melt together in archetypal Feelies fashion while slabs of driving garage rock and harmonically rich tracks also appear on the album. Here Before was recorded at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey and produced by Feelies founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. Besides Glenn on rhythm/lead guitar and lead vocals, and Bill on guitar and vocals, the album features Feelies mainstays Brenda Sauter (bass, vocals), Stanley Demeski (drums) and Dave Weckerman (percussion).

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