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Summerland 2014 @ Irving Plaza NYC

Summerland 2014 – Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 & Spacehog

Irving Plaza – New York City

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

Summerland Marquee

On this day 20 years ago my hometown New York Knicks won Game 5 of the NBA Finals while O.J. Simpson was on TV, well at least his white bronco was.. being chased by police down the freeway. Those were good times. So it’s most certainly fitting to attend the only  throwback 90s concert tour worth seeing tonight: Summerland 2014. Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog. Let nostalgia not be a dirty word tonight as we take a trip back two decades. Doors open at 6:30 and showtime is set for 7:30.

Art Alexakis

Art Alexakis was on stage at 7:27 to let us know how he believes this years Summerland is the best yet. This will be an ongoing theme as Art is a social guy, and will introduce every band that’s not his tonight. Seems to be trying to build on the Summerland thing, maybe keep this as a recurring tour year to year. I speak for tons of us when I say fuck yes that is exactly what I want.



Spacehog plowed through the opening slot well, playing songs like Candyman and Mongo to settle in the late comers still straggling in. Might be more people in VIP upstairs than in the standing room downstairs. Heaven for bid one of these juice bag guards let me snap a shot from anywhere that’s not the photo pit. This place is filling out as walking to the staircase is becoming a bitch. Played a song off their new record called Love Is a Curious is Thing (at least what I want to say the name is) and that had my head nodding swiftly as I scoped out some better spots. And to the guy surfing OkCupid during their set.. Come on man, seriously? Spacehog rocked In The Meantime to end the evening slightly before 8PM. The crowd more than thrilled and gave a resounding roar.

Eve 6

Eve 6 had tons of fans in the house here to just see them as I found out while outside smoking. When they jumped into their set, it was clear to me what was to like about this band besides Inside Out. These dudes can still kick it. At one point the lead singer screamed “everyone on your feet!” To the standing room only crowd. Habit I guess?  Here’s To The Night was a heavy hitter tonight, as I was reminded that I do in fact know and love this song.

At the end of their set, we let the filming commence on “Inside Out” which had to be one of the best moments inside that building this evening. They put my tender heart in a blender and were through by 8:45. Incredible energy.

Soul Asylum

While doing the pre band introduction,  Art says he’s “been trying to get Soul Asylum on this tour since the first year”. A few minutes after 9 Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum hit the stage for a quick set of hits to get Irving Plaza jumping. This band is so under appreciated. From their nutty 80s years to not getting eaten up by the 90s. Pirner is having so much fun, and so is the rest of this band. Made sure to let the bassist know it was a great set as he passed by me later on the evening. After the first couple songs you get booted from the photo pit, so I found a little corner for us antisocial folks. Myself and the non-socialites rocked out to Misery and Black Gold. The former of which Art came on stage to share some vocals duties towards the end.

Dave Pirner

 To sit here and try and pretend that Runaway Train wasn’t incredible to witness live, every time live for that matter, would just be absolute lunacy. Dave Pirner is often forgotten as one of the great songwriters of my generation, oddly that might be because he didn’t O.D. or kill himself.

Somebody To Shove and Just Like Anyone closes down a feisty set at about 9:40. What a band. I’m gonna see them every time they come to town if it’s gonna be this much fun and this rockin’ every time.  Also times flies when you’re having fun, very surprised how quickly this evening is moving along.


Max Collins of Eve 6 was tapped to introduce Everclear, who came out together instruments in hand side by side and played a cooled down Santa Monica for about a minute or so. I did notice on the setlist that Santa Monica was listed as both the set opener and closer. In the photo pit I got experience up close and person Heroin Girl and Father of Mine, the ladder of which I snuck video of because I’m just plain allergic to rules. I fucking love those songs. If I wasn’t busy snapping photos I’d be jumping around as if I was the one happy in hell with my heroin girl.


As I’ve been doing throughout the evening, I headed to the red couch in the back to stand on after the first couple songs of each band. Now we’re at the end of the night, so let’s do what I do best: roll film.

AM Radio, Everything To Everyone, I Will Buy You A New Life and the aforementioned Father of Mine are all being uploaded to Youtube as we speak. Hopefully we can remove this last sentence sooner rather than later.


But really what this is all about, the essence that Summerland is aiming for is just fun times with good bands playing music with guitars. This epiphany was had during Wonderful, because in all honesty every thing IS wonderful now. Maybe Art Alexakis and Douche McGrath had a disagreement on what this concert tour should be, but I’m #TeamArt on this one. Let’s keep this going.

The amped up version of Santa Monica closed the set, the only song I can kinda play on real guitar. Or so that’s what was believed but the band came back out to play some 70s covers superjam while introducing the members of the band. Heard bits of Queen, Judas Priest, Zeppelin.

They were kicking out the hard jams, this is the loudest they’ve been all night. And then, around 11PM it was over. Summerland 2014 was over. And it was back to normal life.. Sad face emoticon.

Eve 6 Soul Asylum








Soul Asylum




Dave and Art

Everclear trio shot




Summerland Returns For 2014 With Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog

Art Alexakis is still looking to cash in on you missing the 1990’s. Summerland will return for the third consecutive year. This time out, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog will round out the lineup, with Everclear taking the top slot. Here is where you can catch the nostalgia in 2014.

summerland 2014

It is worth noting that the only Canadian date takes place in a city called Medicine Hat. Way to go Canada

Summerland 2014 Tour Dates:

6/13 Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

6/14 St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

6/17 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

6/18 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

6/19 Boston, MA – House of Blues

6/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

6/21 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues at Showboat

6/22 Huntington, NY – The Paramount

6/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

6/25 Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook After Hours

6/27 Biloxi, MS – Golden Nugget Hotel Casino

7/9 Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater

7/10 Pharr, TX – Pharr Events Center

7/11 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom

7/15 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theater

7/17 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues

7/18 Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Street Experience

7/19 Valley Center, CA – The Event Center at Harrah’s Rincon

7/22 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

7/23 Eugene, OR – Lane County Fair

7/26 Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Stampede

7/29 Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House and Event Center

7/31 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater

8/1 Bonner Springs, KS – TBA

8/3 Sturgis, SD – TBA

8/5 Cedar Rapids, IA – Mcgrath Amphitheatre

8/7 Milwaukee, WI – TBA

8/8 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar

8/9 Toledo, OH – Hollywood Casino


To read our review of a 2012 Summerland performance, head here.


Summerland 2013 With Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge

Summerlandd 2013

We’re at a point now where we cannot promise that this will be the last 90s nostalgic tour for this summer, but we can promise this was the big one last year. Summerland 2013! That’s right I said it.

“Last year’s Summerland was a blast,” Everclear frontman Art Alexakis said in a statement. “This year, we’ve brought a decidedly edgier flavor bill to satisfy all of the fans of Nineties rock & roll out there.  It’s going to be an amazing summer night every night on Summerland 2013: Alternative Guitars”

Alternative Guitars indeed. Joining Everclear this year will be Live (without their lead singer that looks like Micheal Stipe), Filter (Doesn’t get nearly enough credit for Hey Man Nice Shot) and Sponge. So remember, now you only have about 17 choices of 90s throwback concerts to attend this summer. Check out the dates below:

Summerland 2013 Tour Dates:

5/29 – Ft. Myers, FL // Lee County Civic Center
5/30 – St. Petersburg, FL // Mahaffey Theatre
5/31 – Raleigh, NC // Red Hat Amphitheatre
6/1 – Alpharetta, GA // Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/2 – Charlotte, NC // Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
6/5 – Glen Allen, VA  // Innsbrook After Hours
6/7 – Fairfax, VA // Celebrate Fairfax
6/8 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC // House of Blues
6/11 – New Brunswick, NJ // State Theatre
6/12 – Westbury, NY // Theatre at Westbury
6/14 – Moncton, NB // Casino New Brunswick
6/15 – Boston, MA // House of Blues
6/16 – Jim Thorpe, PA // Penn’s Peak
6/19 – Pittsburgh, PA // Stage AE
6/20 – Philadelphia, PA // Electric Factory
6/21 – Columbus, OH // LC Pavilion
6/22 – Hammond, IN // Horseshoe Casino
6/23 – St. Paul, MN // Myth Live
6/26 – Denver, CO // Ogden Theatre
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA // Wiltern Theatre
6/30 – Bakersfield, CA // Brighthouse Networks Amphitheatre
7/2 – San Diego, CA // Humphrey’s
7/5 – Laughlin, NV // Avi Casino
7/6 – Tempe, AZ // The Marquee
7/11 – Lake Charles, LA // L’Auberge Casino Pool Stage
7/12 – Dallas, TX // TBA
7/13 – Austin, TX // ACL Live, Moody Theatre
7/16 – Nashville, TN // Wildhorse Saloon
7/19 – Danbury, CT // Ives Concert Park
7/20 – Hampton Beach, NH // Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/21 – Port Chester, NY // Capitol Theatre
7/28 – Kansas City, MO // Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Everclear Plays Two Songs That Start w/ Santa On Kimmel

Everclear Plays Two Songs That Start w/ Santa On Kimmel

Everclear. The band that headlined Summerland this year, is finally back with some new music. Last Night they stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to play their newest effort, which oddly enough has a similar name to their biggest hit-they both start with Santa. Assumptions are that it’s a California thing and not some sort of Santa Claus fetish, but only time will tell I guess. Anyway, below you can check out the videos for “Santa Ana Wind” and  then scroll down a little further and check out “Santa Monica”, a song that I can actually play on guitar (me and every other 6 year old in life). To check out a review from one of our very own hitting Summerland in New Jersey, Click Here

Everclear Santa Ana Wind


Everclear Santa Monica


Summerland Tour 2012 Brings Back The 90’s In A Big Way

Summerland Tour 2012 Brings Back The 90’s In A Big Way

As a teen growing up in the 1990’s I laughed at all the 70’s and 80’s nostalgia bands teaming up for summer tours. The time to laugh at my decades music is now here as the ultimate 90’s nostalgia package just announced plans to hit the road for a coast to coast tour. Going under the name Summerland – Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms and Marcy Playground will be rocking some rather large venues this summer. So grab your wallet chains, bleach your hair and put on a Big Dog shirt because this one is going to make you remember the days where NBC was America’s best station and America Online was ground breaking technology. Click here to check out the tours official site (we promise it’s not an Angelfire site).

Summerland 2012 US Tour Dates

06/28 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA

06/29 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

06/30 – Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

07/02 – Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, CA

07/03 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

07/04 – Speaking Rock Entertainment Center – El Paso, TX

07/06 – ACL Live @ Moody Theatre – Austin, TX

07/07 – Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX

07/08 – SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa, OK

07/10 – LC Outdoor Amphitheater – Columbus, OH

07/11 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH

07/13 – Chastain Park Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA

07/14 – Raleigh Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC

07/15 – TWC Uptown Amphitheater – Charlotte, NC

07/18 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY

07/20 – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts – Bethel, NY

07/21 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

07/22 – Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH

07/24 – Sands Bethlehem Events Center – Bethlehem, PA

07/25 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA

07/27 – Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

07/29 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT

08/02 – Sound Board @ Motor City Casino Hotel – Detroit, MI

08/03 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL

08/04 – Bayfront Festival Park – Duluth, MN

 Click Here For The 2013 Lineup And Dates/Venues!

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