Phantogram Rocks Waterplace Park

Phantogram headlines the first WBRU concert of the summer

By Josh Estrella, Video by Melissa Conlon

The WBRU summer concert series is back, and this time better than ever. Last Friday, June 20, WBRU hosted its first concert of the season featuring for the first time two bands, a local opener and a headliner. Hitting the stage first was The Brother Kite, an alternative rock band right out of Providence.

Not long after The Brother Kite finished their set, the headliner, Phantogram, came out strong. The duo electronic rock band played a memorable show that got all of Waterplace Park moving with their unique sounds that they describe as, “street beat, psych pop.” Waterplace Park filled up fast, long before the concert began crowds gathered all the way back to the streets. Whether they were sitting on fences eager to get a view of the stage, dancing in the front row, or taking the scenic tactic and watching from a kayak in the basin of the Providence River behind the stage, Providence was excited for the first concert of the summer.

WBRU’s concert series are known for bringing in big bands in the past like Walk the Moon, GROUPLOVE, and the Neighborhood and this year in addition to the headliners they are spicing it up and making the concerts longer with the local bands. As always the concerts are free, and take place most Fridays through the summer. Just be sure to get there early for a good spot because it fills up fast. Be sure to get to Waterplace Park early this Friday, June 27, to see the WBRU 2013 Rock Hunt winners Torn Shorts, and 2014 winners The Rare Occasions.