8 Killer Concerts in NYC This August

8 Killer Concerts in NYC This August

8 August shows at venues that most likely have A/C, a couple of festivals that definitely do not, and an out-of-town getaway to escape from it all....

1) PopGun Presents: SSION, LAFAWNDAH, Boy Radio @ House of Yes // August 4, 2016

SSION (pronounced shun) is Cody Critcheloe’s project alone, and is ever-evolving. But through his music, art and performance, he emphasizes that the world of SSION is an inclusionary one. Critcheloe, the frontman-child, considers SSION to be more of a brand for his idea(L)s than anything else. SSION isn’t from anywhere and it doesn’t belong to any scene and it’s not really that gay considering that in 10 years everyone will be gay. It’s just a really interesting* mold slowly growing all over the world, sort of like the Grateful Dead but more body conscious. SSION is always active but never consistent; they’ve been releasing records whenever they want for the last 10 years.


2) Selkie Series Feat. Cara Stricker, Madeline O’Moore, Alexandra Marzella, Wet’s Kelly Zutrau, Waverly Mandel, and Kimbra
@ National Sawdust // Multiple Dates

The Selkie Series is an annual summer series featuring critically acclaimed female performance artists, musicians, and visual artists all under thirty. Curated by Natalia Schwien, Selkie Series engages in an ongoing discussion of sexuality, femininity, and an understanding of the self through every medium of performance & visual media. Check out the specific acts below:


Pet Presents: Presented by Cara Stricker : Madeline O’Moore // August 11:

Pet Presents is launching a platform for women filmmakers, musicians, and artists focused on bringing the most compelling and unique voices to the foreground. The collective focuses on nurturing a collaborative space for passionate female creative professionals. For their inaugural launch, the first of a six series showcase, features live performances by BEAU, AZUL, MARGOT and SONJA, and interactive VR experience with Tilt Brush.


Selkie Series: Alexandra Marzella // August 22:

Join Alexandra Marzella in an honest attempt to illustrate the disposition and struggles of an array of bodies, minds, and spirits within a community mobilizing and working together utilizing music, voice, and movement.


Selkie Series: Wet’s Kelly Zutrau // August 24:

Kelly Zutrau, the lead singer and songwriter of Wet, will perform songs from their debut album, alongside new unreleased songs in her most stripped down performance to date.


Selkie Series: Waverly Mandel with Molly Lewis, Sadaf & Elayo // August 25:

On August 25th, 2016, Waverly Mandel will present BODY TECHNIQUE: an evening of music and performance that elaborates on the theme of communication and its relationship to the body.


Selkie Series: Kimbra // August 31:

Kimbra presents a unique setup—which features live looping, sampling, and musicians Spencer Zahn and Timon Martin—to recreate songs from her albums ‘Vows’ and ‘The Golden Echo,’ as well as new and unreleased material. This performance will also showcase visuals by Phillip Stearns through a real-time interplay of color, optical patterns, and dynamic lighting of surreal 3D generated landscapes.


3) AFROPUNK Fest Brooklyn 2016 (feat. Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Tyler The Creator, George Clinton, Ceelo Green, Fishbone, Bad Brains, and many more) @ Commodore Berry Park // August 27 & 28

Undoubtedly one of my favorite lineups of the entire year, the team at AFROPUNK is bringing genre, culture, and class together to dance, mosh, drink, stage dive and experience things to bring us closer together while the world pulls itself apart.

Said perfectly by those at AFROPUNK: This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.

Lineup highlights include, but are not limited to:

Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Tyler The Creator, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, The Internet, Laura Mvula, Ear Sweatshirt, Angel Haze, Thundercat, Gallant, Downtown Boys, Trash Talk, George Clinton, Seinabo Sey, and a power jam featuring members from: Bad Brains, Fishbone and Living Colour.

…did I mention that Bad Brains are my favorite band of all time!?


4) Warm Up: Joy Orbison + Ben UFO, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Marcus Marr, Powell + Russell Haswell + Not Waiving + Jaime Williams @ MoMA PS1// August 20

MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up 2016, beginning June 11 and taking place every Saturday this summer through August 27. A New York summer staple now in its 19th year, Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s highly anticipated outdoor music series continues its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental music, sound, and DJs—both local and international—across a range of genres. Warm Up supports both established and emerging artists by creating a platform that allows for experimentation and provides a space for collaboration, new material, and side projects. This Saturday’s show is no exception. Show up. Dance. See great art. People watch. It’s always a great time. Guaranteed.


5) The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration (feat. The Midnight Ramble Band with Dr. John, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson, and other special guests) @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors // August 6

Lincoln Center Out of Doors revisits a pivotal moment in the history of American music: the farewell performance by The Band at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976. In a spirit of reverent joy, late Band drummer Levon Helm’s group The Midnight Ramble Band and its longtime musical director Larry Campbell, along with special guests, dig into the original concert’s formidable set list, offering up a veritable map of American roots music. Did we mention THIS IS FREE!?


6)  Welcome Campers by The Wild Honey Pie (feat. Palehound, Calliope Musicals, Buffalo Rodeo, Kid Mountain & more) @ Camp Lennox (MA) // August 26-28

Come spend a weekend pulling classic summer camp shenanigans like they do in Wet Hot American Summer!

Play like a kid again with your best friends, your favorite bands, and unlimited booze this August 26-28 at a real sleep-away camp (Camp Lenox) in Massachusetts. The weekend is all-inclusive, filled with tons of awesome live music such as Palehound, Calliople Musicals, Buffalo Rodeo and more.

There’ll be tons of camp activities and competitions for all campers, including kayaking, kickball, basketball, ping pong, tie dye, scavenger hunts, jam sessions, tennis, nature hikes, swimming, volleyball, yoga, bunk parties, arts & crafts, and more.


7) Red Bull Sound Selects Presents: New York with DAWN, River Tiber, Starchild & The New Romantic @ House of Yes // August 16

If you don’t know these artists, you should—or you will very soon. With the curatorial hand of PopGun Presents in collaboration with Red Bull Sound Selects and “The Best Venue Ever:” House of Yes, you’ll see serious up-and-comers perform on an intimate stage they’ll outgrow in a year or two. DAWN is, in my opinion, one of the most promising artists, and does not at all disappoint live. Her approach to music, art, and technology fuse nicely together as seen in the video below. Check it. Listen up. Screw it—just buy a ticket and go! RSVP is a measly $3, so what are you waiting for?


8) Full Moon Festival (feat. SBTRKT, Pusha T, Santigold, Lolawolf, Allah-las, ESCORT & more) @ Governors Island // August 20 & 21

Full Moon Fest celebrates its sixth year by emerging as New York’s only two day beach-side music festival. Taking place beneath August’s blue moon, backlit by panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, Full Moon will transform Governors Island into an oasis of live music, art installations, and international culinary delights.

LINEUP includes:

SBTRKT / Santigold / Pusha T / Black Coffee / Allah-Las / Julio Bashmore / Moodymann / Lolawolf / Kali Uchis / ESCORT / Dave Harrington / Marcus Marr / JDH & Dave P / BAILE / JIL