Summer in the City: Sunflower Bean with Niights
SUMMER IN THE CITY POWERED BY PNC
A FREE EVENT ON THE ROCK HALL PLAZA
Fresh, fun and full of energy our Summer in the City series bands bring the PNC Bank stage to life with exciting live performances. With the spirit of our newest exhibit, Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour, in mind, these artists bring their unique sounds to our summer stage. For five weeks starting July 17 through August 14, head to the Rock Hall plaza on Wednesday nights to see the bands you need to hear right now.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on the PNC main stage
Free metered parking is available on the East 9th extension and on Alfred Lerner Way (in front of First Energy Stadium) after 6pm. For a full list of parking options and directions click here.
Come Hungry! Our onsite All-Access Cafe, bar and food trucks will be open for each Summer in the City event!
If weather is inclement (heavy winds, heavy rain, lightning), portions (or the entirety) of this event may be moved inside, delayed, and/or cancelled at the discretion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since this is a free event, no refunds will be offered. RSVP below to recieve a special offer!
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Blue, as Julia Cumming of Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean points out, is something of a “loaded color.” The word is of course often synonymous with sadness—certainly blues music isn’t known for its laughs. But it's also the "emotional color" of the band's upcoming, sparkling second album, Twentytwo in Blue. “We definitely don’t want it to come across as a sad record,” explains Cumming. “Blue is kind of hopeful, and we wanted to explore that color with this record.” The new record by vocalist and bassist Cumming, drummer Jacob Faber and guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen is many things: rousing, romantic, topical, empathetic and insightful. But defeatist it’s not.
If there was a ragged beauty in the gauzy, groovy wall of sound of Human Ceremony and its predecessor, the 2015 EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, there’s a new directness to these songs, a product of Sunflower Bean’s own maturity and the insanity of the times we’re in. Twentytwo in Blue is a record made by millennials in solidarity with their own—the most progressive, even revolutionary generation we’ve ever seen.
NIIGHTS shift seamlessly between dream-pop and heavier melodic rock with shimmery, fuzzy layers of texture. Ethereal female vocals whisper poignant and whimsical lyrics, paired with artfully crafted dynamic songwriting to channel the spirit of 90’s shoegaze and early Smashing Pumpkins with an enchantingly fresh spin.