The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden
Night Beats. Photo: Moni Heyworth

Danny Lee Blackwell, guitar, vocals; Jakob Bowden, bass; James Traeger, drums

The psychedelic R&B of Night Beats arrives in sonic waves of color, with strong undertows of soul and Texas rockabilly. Acid-test heaviness is the band’s passport, but this is no outright nostalgia trip. In the band's contemporary take on psychedelia, a heady set of hoodoo-voodoo songs will feature wailing guitar jams and messianic monologues. The Seattle-based trio’s single “H-Bomb” was picked up by Trouble in Mind Records in 2010, and soon the band was touring North America, Europe, Israel, South Africa, and Australia. Early 2016 saw the release of its third LP, Who Sold My Generation (Heavenly Recordings). As Ben Myers wrote, “Bad vibrations, blues jams, and id-shattering explorations are timeless pursuits—why shouldn’t today’s young generation be allowed to take a ride down the slippery spiral that sits within the center of each of us?”

Every Thursday in July and August, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Live music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2018 celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop.

This event accompanies BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE.
This event is part of Summer Thursdays.