The Dixie Chicks might be on hiatus, but sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison’s impeccable musicianship and sublime vocal blend live on in their “harmony-laden pop-country hybrid” (Billboard) project COURT YARD HOUNDS. THE ABRAMS BROTHERS, two Canadian brothers and a cousin all too young to have a beer at the Bandshell, are virtuosic interpreters of bluegrass, country, and other American roots idioms whose musical connection goes back four generations deep in their family band.
Friday, July 8 / 7:00pm / gates 6:00pm
The Latin Alternative Music Conference showcases the best of the old guard and the new: LOS LOBOS’ “unpredictable mix of traditional Latin, earthy rhythm & blues, roiling funk, and rock & roll wallop” (LA Weekly) has made them one of the world’s best live bands for decades; Mexico City’s HELLO SEAHORSE! is on a meteoric rise with their “knack for writing pop songs that hit you immediately.” (Stereogum) The bewitching Brooklyn electro rockers ZIGMAT open, and Raul Campos of LA’s KCRW spins between sets.
Lyricist Lounge featuring Raekwon
Smif-N-Wessun, Joell Ortiz, Skyzoo, Neek the Exotic & Large Professor & more
Saturday, July 9 / 7:30pm / gates 6:30pm
RAEKWON, whose record Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang is on everyone’s short list for the year’s best, headlines a show curated by the LYRICIST LOUNGE, an NYC hip-hop institution going on 20 years. A Brooklyn-centric lineup of MCs fills out the bill.