Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Cat’s Cradle into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, Swedish dance wizards Lo-Fi-Fnk enchant with instant club hits and songs for strobe-light campfires, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios.
Praised by Spin magazine for including its audience in their worldly jams, Ozomatli has been spreading a Latin-tinged gospel of high-energy rock since its formation 14 years ago. After winning Grammies in 2002 and 2005, both for best Latin-rock/alternative album, the band continued to record and tour tirelessly. Known for its connection and commitment to its hometown of Los Angeles, Ozomatli has slowly become recognizable all over the world. Catch its move-inducing live show before it gets a steady late-night talk-show gig or becomes the first band in history to run for political office as a giant, musical, 14-armed organism.
Youngsters bound across a sea of slides and playground equipment spread across the 6,500-square-foot indoor oasis at PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville. Rescue play time from the evil grips of rain, cold weather, and homework taped to meteorites by heading indoors for uninterrupted fun during open-play hours—Tuesday–Friday afternoons and select times on weekends. Kids burn energy as they climb on wooden playsets and rock walls, hang around on tire swings, and jump to their heart's content in a bouncy castle. Wee little ones can toddle around Breckenridge Village, a separate play area with two wooden playhouses designed specifically for pint-size citizens. Admission transfers a full day of action to each child, and punch cards can cover a single child for multiple visits or a herd of wild things for a single day.
While the kids are at play, adults relax in PlayNation's two parent lounges, which come equipped with flat-screen TVs, comfy seats, and a Wii gaming station. The sheltered playground floods every chamber with light so parents can clearly pick out their progeny. It also sports a colorful foam floor to help prevent boo-boos resulting from tiny tumbles or attempts to stage a children's production of Cliffhanger.
Located a stone’s throw from Symphony Lake, Koka Booth Amphitheatre emerges out of 14 acres of hardwoods and pines to offer up its stage to traveling national acts, theatrical productions, and movie screenings. Although its wood and earth-toned beams camouflage the venue within its natural surroundings, passersby can notice its sleek exterior glistening in the moonlight during nighttime performances. The outdoor amphitheater––designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which also constructed the Cambridge Public Library––seats up to 7,000 people on its spacious lawn, crescent deck, or loft bird nests.
The Bud Light CityFest concert series showers the open air of the recently constructed Raleigh Amphitheater with five of rock 'n' roll’s most venerable and beloved acts. Hard-rock heartthrob and Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach kick-starts the fest on September 10, rousing crowds with his cast-iron voice and mythical lion’s mane. Better Than Ezra, the New Orleans trio behind the hit song “Good,” belts out parcels of pop on September 17, and jam collective Rusted Root colors the night in upbeat melodies on October 1. Ed Kowalczyk, ringleader of the seminal band LIVE, challenges oxygen to a wrestling match as he belts out hits on October 8. Concluding the raucous series with concentrated testosterone, troubadour Vince Neil, from Mötley Crue, sings time-honored railroad anthems about girls, girls, and girls.
Just minutes from downtown's bustling shops and overlooking the glassy waters of Tampa Bay, The Mahaffey's picturesque building hosts some of Florida's most entertaining art and performance offerings. Originally built in 1965, the renovated building's floor-to-ceiling glass façade pierces the night with softly glowing light, cordially inviting patrons inside and awakening desires in moths that can never be fulfilled. The box-style seating of the theater ensures clear sightlines for all patrons, and its excellent acoustics make the venue suitable for both thunderous rock bands and delicate chamber ensembles.