WBRU Dunkin Donuts Summer Concert Series: 2014 Lineup
For all the behind the scenes scoop on whats going on for the WBRU Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Concert Series, including live streaming of in studio interviews and info about the bands, check out the Dunkin’ Downlow page HERE!
Since we couldn’t make the shows any freer, we’re making them LONGER! This years shows will be held 7-9pm in Waterplace Park and every show will feature a local opener!
Without further ado, the 2014 WBRU Dunkin Donuts Summer Concert Series performers are…
Friday, June 20th: Phantogram with The Brother Kite
Since Phantogram’s first release in 2009, they have sparked interest in listeners with their ear catching unique, electric rock sound. They describe their sound as ‘street beat, psych pop,’ and say that they aim to capture what it feels like to wander city streets at night through their music.
Local Opener: The Brother Kite
The Brother Kite is a Providence based band with a distinct psychedelic-pop sound. Their first full length album release in 2004, they had nationwide attention from both critics and fans. While their first studio album had huge success, they felt they would not be allowed to exercise their creative freedom to the extent they desired. The band decided to build themselves their own studio where they would record their second studio album Waiting for the Time to be Right. The Brother Kite proved to be ambitious, changing their sound from first album while gaining respect from the depth and maturity of Waiting for the Time to be Right.
Friday, June 27th: The Rare Occasions with Torn Shorts
Headliner: The Rare Occasions
Priding themselves on their well-crafted songwriting along with their bold musicianship, The Rare Occasion are the most recent winners of WBRU’s Rock Hunt. Since the four members teamed up, they have set their goal on creating new music that connects them with the listener. The Rare Occasions show no signs of slowing down, having self-recorded and self-produced their own demo and EP as well as performing across the New England area.
Local Opener: Torn Shorts
Torn Shorts is truly a unique act not to be missed! 2013 WBRU Rock Hunt winners, Torn Shorts has undoubtedly made a name for themselves since they began making music in 2010. Torn Shorts has a performance style unlike any other, and are committed to staying true to their sound. Live shows bleed raw blues character, fine musicianship and the high energy of a real rock n’ roll concert.
Friday, July 11th: Magic Man with The Complaints
You rarely see a five-piece just a few years out of college playing with the gifted focus of consummate professionals while also throwing themselves around stage with the abandon of kids at a punk show in someone’s friend’s basement. Magic Man’s music at its best creates a sense of weightless promise. Album standouts like “Waves” and “Catherine” are effortless, epic and delivered without pretense, and the band’s full-length debut Before The Waves is built on a rare mix of innocence and experience. It — along with Magic Man’s widening tour orbit — serves as something of a statement of intent for the band: they’re here to keep doing this, turning every show into something singular, reckless, comfortable, and real.
Local Opener: The Complaints
The Complaints is a modern-era rock band that aims to fuse their classic rock sound with a ‘sexy-funky’ feel. They have won numerous awards for their songwriting and performing, and have recently won best male vocalist along with band of the year in New England’s Motif Magazine. The Complaints continue to create new melodies and songs making them the most successful independent artist on the national scene.
Friday, July 18th: Max Frost with Roz and the Rice Cakes
Headliner: Max Frost
Beginning to learn to play the guitar at the age of eight, Max Frost developed his eclectic style from an early age and soon was inspired to fuse his sound with elements from different musical styles. Max credits artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo for inspiring his to incorporate hip-hop elements and modern rhythms into his vintage tones. Max aims to give the listener the sense that they can insert themselves into any of his songs.
Local Opener: Roz and The Rice Cakes
Roz and The Rice Cakes use a variety of instruments to create their energizing, unique performance. They tour heavily, through 2013 and into 2014, performing at festivals, colleges, and venues. They are the winners of multiple awards including Best Local Band by the Providence Phoenix, 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt, and Best Female Vocalist by Motif Magazine 2012. Currently, the group just wrapped up working on their second studio album in April.
Friday, July 25th: KONGOS with Satellites Fall
Consisting of four brothers, this South African alternative rock band easily has a distinct sound. The band’s debut album was released in 2012 and topped various South African charts. In 2013 the band decided to re-release their album in the United States, where they gained noticeable exposure. Their unique sound of accordion-tinged rock seems to catch every ones ear.
Local Opener: Satellites Fall
Satellites Fall released their first EP, “Lines on the Road,” in February of 2012. That same year they were chosen as WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalist. Their songs “Servitude” and “Perfect Weather” are played on BRU, along with follow up single “One Night.” The band were semi-finalists in WBRU’s 2013 Rock Hunt as well and have continued to gain local recognition throughout the years.
Friday, August 1st: Sleeper Agent with The ‘Mericans
Headliner: Sleeper Agent
Sleeper Agent released their debut album only three years ago and have made massive leaps in the time since. They’ve played everywhere from Coachella to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more! Their latest, second studio album, About Last Night, dropped this March and has been a huge success, featuring hit tracks such as “Waves.”
Local Opener: The ‘Mericans
The ‘Mericans are an “Experimental Americana Roots rock band from Rhode Island” with four released albums. Started in 2001, the North Providence group has done great work in their thirteen years together. Winning local music awards, playing several fun festivals, and opening for several other great bands, The ‘Mericans know their stuff.
Special thanks to Dunkin Donuts, Mayor Tavares, and the City of Providence for their help in putting these concerts on. The 2014 Dunkin Donuts Summer Concert Series is brought to you by the following: