This summer the City has teamed up with 95.5 WBRU to bring some of the nation’s best rising talent to the Waterplace stage. The series will feature emerging alternative rock bands paired with regional rising stars. Six dynamic acts will entertain residents and visitors in one of the city’s most breathtaking parks.
The series closes out with California punkers SWMRS. Formed in 2004 as Drive North by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong after watching the film “School of Rock,” the Oakland-based band was soon joined by Cole's brother Max Becker. Drawing on a mix of influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Ramones, Drive North released a demo and a string of EPs between 2008 and 2010 before issuing its first full-length, Don't Be a D**k, on June 14, 2011, and its follow-up Lost at Seventeen, on June 11, 2013. Its third studio album, the first under the name SWMRS, as well as the first featuring Sebastian Mueller on bass, was released February 12, 2016 by Uncool Records. Drive North’s albums were later re-released and remastered on October 13, 2016. Neutral Nation will open the show.