WYEP’s 2014 Summer Music Festival is a 40th anniversary event and begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at Schenley Plaza. In the afternoon, we will feature local teen bands from our Reimagination project. In the evening, we will present four bands beginning at 6:00 pm.
The Red Western
Performance Begins at 6 p.m.
The Red Western's 2010 debut album, Loves You, featured 11 tracks reflecting the bands' folk, americana, alternative country, and soul-influenced rock sound. Over the following year, The Red Western expanded upon those roots to include elements of indie rock, punk, and power pop. In 2013, The Red Western put out a limited edition split LP with Grand Piano, featuring The Red Western's There's A Fire EP and Grand Piano's America's America EP.
Elizabeth & The Catapult
Performance Begins at 7 p.m.
As a band, Elizabeth & the Catapult has released two full-length albums and one self titled EP, which the band produced and released on their own. Their first LP, Taller Children (2009), was recorded with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) which featured "Tilly and the Wall" and was bolstered by commercials for Google, Amazon and Sky TV. Their second full length, The Other Side of Zero (2010) was produced by Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Jesca Hoop) and featured Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings on the title track.
On the new album:
"Like It Never Happened is the product of Elizabeth & The Catapult’s namesake Elizabeth Ziman’s creative labors over the past year and a half. After a split with Verve Records, Ziman took to busking in the subways of her beloved New York to teach herself to play guitar. Long a piano-centric performer and songwriter, the guitar revitalized Ziman and led to an outpouring of new songs. Ziman originally intended to record the new material with musical idol Richard Swift, but her focus shifted as former bandmate Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) stepped in. Like It Never Happened was co-produced by Molad and Peter Lalish (Lucius). Ziman’s record with Swift is slated for release later in 2014." (Sacks & Co.)
Performance Begins at 8:30 p.m.
"It’s been a long night if that’s what happened,” Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone,’ the Tennessee native had already performed on Later… with Jools Holland, sung a stunning duet with Eric Church at the ACM Awards, toured with Jake Bugg, graced spreads in top music and fashion magazines, and earned some of the year’s most glowing reviews.
The Sam Roberts Band
Performance Begins at 9:45 p.m.
The combination of sleep deprivation, excitement, uncertainty, and adrenaline pushed the band outside any notion of comfort, generating their most dynamic and inventive arrangements to date. It also helped capture the fiery spirit and urgency that have made their live shows so legendary, earning them spots performing everywhere from Letterman and Conan to Bonnaroo, ACL, Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot, and alongside heroes like the Rolling Stones and AC/DC.
WYEP's Final Fridays Summer Lineup:
Final Fridays is a family-friendly event, free and open to the public that showcases upcoming talent featured on WYEP at Schenley Plaza.
July 25th Grand Piano & Lost in the Trees
August 29th Tom Brosseau & Simone Felice
September 26th The Nox Boys & A national Act we will announce June 4th.