We’re pleased to present our second annual Sound Series: Block Party featuring an autumn evening of live music in a relaxed and festive environment outdoors, as part of The Pop District, in our North Shore neighborhood. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, along with hands-on t-shirt, tote bag, or poster making. Presented by The Warhol’s Sound Series, a varied roster of internationally touring artists will perform on a stage adjacent to the museum on Isabella Street, featuring Mexican Institute of Sound, Sudan Archives, and headlined by Kurt Vile and the Violators.
5:30 p.m. Mexican Institute of Sound
Mexican Institute of Sound, led by Camilo Lara, blends his eclectic interests in Cumbia and a range of Latin American genres with infectious beat-driven arrangements and a DIY/punk and high energy aesthetic. The latest album Distrito Federal (2021) garnered much critical praise, including NPR’s best albums of the year list, and features collaborations with Dan The Automator (Gorillaz) a Graham Coxon (Blur), Duckwrth, BIA, Cuco and Banda Misteriosa.
7 p.m. Sudan Archives
Sudan Archivesis a unique solo performer who has emerged as an inventive avant-garde violinist and experimental beatmaker who loops and layers her violin and vocals to create a new minimalist hybrid approach to blending classical, West African, and hip hop and R&B influences. She’s captivated audiences at festivals such as Coachella and Pitchfork with her hybrid sound, sharing stages with St. Vincent, Ibeyi, and Michael Kiwanuka.
8:30 p.m. Kurt Vile and the Violators
We welcome back Philadelphia-based songwriter and guitarist Kurt Vile as headliner of our Block Party. With inspiration ranging from John Prine to Sonic Youth, Vile has been honing his unique songwriting craft and inventive guitar style since the early days of co-founding War on Drugs with Adam Granduciel in 2005, before focusing on his solo career and his band the Violators with a series of releases leading up to broader exposure with the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze on Matador Records in 2013. He has collaborated with a range of musicians including Steve Gunn, Courtney Barnett, and Cate Le Bon, and his latest album, Watch My Moves, marks his major-label debut on Verve Records, the label that coincidentally released the classic Velvet Underground and Nico album in 1967.
And between sets, enjoy the eclectic sounds of DJ Pandemic Pete.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Entrance at Sandusky and Isabella Streets.
The Sound Series: Block Party is rain or shine. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Alcohol, coolers, and pets prohibited (with the exception of service dogs).
Please note the Sound Series: Block Party is primarily standing room only. We are committed to offering inclusive, engaging experiences for people of all abilities. To request accommodations to enhance your visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.237.8354.
Sound Series: Block Party is presented by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and sponsored by Dollar Bank. Additional support comes from Penn Brewing, the official beer sponsor of the Sound Series: Block Party.
Media sponsor 91.3 WYEP
Sound Series is an ongoing concert series featuring internationally touring contemporary artists and bands from around the world. Learn more about our Sound Series.
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Mexican Institute of Sound
Kurt Vile - Like Exploding Stones
Sudan Archives - Confessions (Later... With Jools Holland)
Mexican Institute of Sound - Mi T-Shirt De La NASA (Live on KEXP)