One of our favorite free outdoor series in NYC, Union Pool's Summer Thunder, will soon be back for another season of shows in the venue's outdoor courtyard. There is a major change this year, with shows moving from Saturdays to Sundays, but otherwise they work the same way, with the shows starting at 2 PM and going through 6 PM. Summer Thunder will also feature, as usual, return performances from  Sun Ra Arkestra (POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 1) which is a celebration of bandleader Marshall Allen's 95th birthday, and Latin soul great Joe Bataan who plays July 7.

The season starts with Magik Markers on June 2 with Weak Signal and Telepathic Band, and the rest of summer looks like this: L'rain and Slauson Malone on June 9; Circuit Des Yeux solo on June 23; Wreckless Eric & special guests on June 30; a duo performance by Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano on July 14; Love & Rockers, the reggae band led by TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, on July 21; Ela Minus on July 28; Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band form) and 75 Dollar Bill on August 4; B Boys on August 11; Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen on August 18; and a special Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT Party on August 25.

Check out the schedule in list form, below.


  • June 2: Majik Markers / Weak Signal / Telepathic Band
  • June 9: L’rain / Slauson Malone
  • June 23: Circuit Des Yeux (Solo)
  • June 30: Wreckless Eric & Special Guests
  • July 7: Joe Bataan
  • July 14: Orcutt/Corsano
  • July 21: Love & Rockers
  • July 28: Ela Minus
  • August 4: Condo Fucks / 75 Dollar Bill
  • August 11: B Boys (Record Release)
  • August 18: Sam Evian / Hannah Cohen
  • August 25: JD Samson's Pat Party
  • September 1:Sun Ra Arkestra Celebrating Marshall Allen's 95Th Birthday (postponed from June 16)

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