Long Island’s own 106.1 BLI has announced the official line up for the 2015 Summer Jam! The show will take place on Saturday, June 13th at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater – perfect way to kickoff Summer! Last year‘s show brought big names like MKTO, Cody Simpson, Midnight Red, and Austin Mahone, and introduced us to some newer acts like New Hollow and NYC’s own AJR. We had a blast and are so thrilled Summer Jam is back for another year!
Check out the lineup below for what is bound to be a fun evening of music under the stars at Jones Beach! Tickets go on sale next Monday, April 6th at 12pm!
2015 BLI Summer Jam Lineup
Carly Rae Jepsen
Walk The Moon
Natalie La Rose
Nick Tangorra Band
106.1 BLI Summer Jam
Saturday, June 13th at 6pm
Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY Buy Tickets
We definitely shattered our record for most concerts attended in a single year in 2014. While we loved each and every show, and it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to 5 favorites, here are the ones that stood out.
1. Hunter Hayes – 24 Hour Road Race – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
We ended up seeing Hunter more than any other artist this year – 7 times in total. Impressive, considering on his past tours he came nowhere near NYC so we had no hopes of attending. Hunter, if you’re reading this, please keep coming to New York. We love you. Of all the shows, among them the We Are Not Invisible Tour, Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and so on, the most memorable was definitely the 24 Hour Road Race. True, it was a short concert, but the record-breaking goal gave an added level of excitement, and now we can officially say we were part a Guinness World Record. Oh, but we can’t forget that time he performed “Storm Warning” right in front of us…
2. Austin Mahone – MTV Artist To Watch Tour – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
We also had a hard time deciding which Austin show to pick, but this show wins since it was Austin’s first big headlining tour. This show earned him his nickname of the “one man boyband,” due to his on point choreography. We don’t have many videos of Austin performing, because it’s literally impossible to not dance along, but we managed to get one at his Mets Post-game concert later in the year.
3. Dan + Shay – Where It All Began Tour – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
“Where It All Began” is hands down our favorite album of 2014. While we saw Dan + Shay for the first time on the We Are Not Invisible Tour with Hunter Hayes, this was our first time seeing them play with a full band. We were blown away by how passionate and talented they are, and how much they genuinely love performing. Dan + Shay are so much fun to see live (seriously, the entire audience sings every word), and they make it special every time we see them. We can’t wait for their next headlining tour in 2015!
4. 5SOS – Stars, Stripes & Maple Syrup Tour – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY This might get the prize for one of the hottest concerts of 2014. We were shocked when we scored a pair of tickets to this show! It had been such a long time since we went to a “pop punk” show that this finally made us remember why we fell in love. 5SOS have such great energy and they put on an incredible show to the sold out crowd. Calum, Luke, Ashton, and Michael owned the stage and had everyone singing along to every word, even though the band had yet to release their album in the US.
5. The Strypes – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Whenever we write about The Strypes, we feel like nothing can do justice to how insanely talented and incredible these guys are. All four members hail from Ireland and are under the age of 20, yet they play some serious rhythm and blues. We had never really seen grown men fangirl until this concert. That’s how good these guys are. We were floored by their musicianship, and some absolutely insane harmonica solos.
Bonus: 106.1 BLI’s Summer Jam – Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
This gets the runner up place because of it’s awesome lineup: Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, New Hollow, Midnight Red, AJR, and so on. Summer Jam definitely had something for everyone! The number of acts and the variety contributed to the “festival” feeling of this show, along with bonding with the people sitting around you for the entire day. We hope Summer Jam will be back next year!
In the past, we’ve brought you new bands from across the pond, our favorite boy bands, and even our top favorite country artists. This week, we want to formally introduce you to five bands that rock! All of these artists have a knack for writing a catchy rock song, with their own unique sound.
1 – Born Cages
We’ve featured this Brooklyn based band before and we’ve been lucky enough to see them play more than a few times. As we near the release of their next single, please enjoy one of our favorite songs from “The Sidelines EP“.
2 – New Hollow
This Ohio trio has worked their way into our playlists ever since the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam a few weekends ago. Catchy, grungy, perfect summer throwback sound – New Hollow has it all! Don’t miss these guys on tour this summer. Watch the official video for their single, “She Ain’t You” below.
3 – Action Item Hailing from New Jersey, Action Item aren’t technically new, but that doesn’t stop them from rocking their way onto our Friday Five list! These guys are dropping a new single called “We’ll Be Fine” on June 24th and we can’t wait to hear what they’ve been up to. They’ll be on tour with MKTO all summer so be there or be square!
4 –The Strypes The only band on this list from the UK, The Strypes are definitely ones to watch. After a chance encounter with their name in an ad in Rolling Stone , we checked out their music and instantly knew these guys were on to something. We love The Strypes cheeky lyrics on their debut album “Snapshot” and it’s about time the US has another proper British rock invasion! Watch the official video for “What A Shame” below.
5 – Wild Party One of the five finalists in this years iHeartRadio and Macy’s Rising Star Competition, Wild Party is definitely on the up and up. Their single “When I Get Older” sounds like Rooney and Phantom Planet – just what we need to blast in our car with the windows down and the sunroof open! Catch Wild Party at a free in-store performance at Macy’s in Northridge, CA on June 21st.
We’ve been loving the resurgence of all things 90s, and Ohio-based pop rock band New Hollow clearly got the memo! These guys are bulldozing their way into the hearts of America with their grunge rock throwback sound.
We caught New Hollow’s set at the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam last weekend at Jones Beach and they won us over immediately with their cover of “Rebel, Rebel”. Their single, “She Ain’t You” harkens back to the alt-rock grunge days. They had us singing along by the end of the song and we’ve caught ourselves on more than one occasion humming it around the Secret Fangirls office! Hopefully they’ll come back and play in New York soon.
The band, made up of high school friends Evan West (19), Mookie Clouse (19), and Chad Blashford (18), recently signed with Epic Records – home to Karmin, Fifth Harmony, and The Fray!
New Hollow have been in the studio writing with Blues Traveler – how cool is that!? We can’t wait for their album to come out!
Watch the official video for New Hollow’s “She Ain’t You” below!
Catch New Hollow live this summer!
June 6th – Shops at Mercato – Naples, FL – Details Here
June 17th – TBD – Cupertino, CA – iTunes Showcase
June 26th – Canton Palace Theater – Canton, OH – Buy Tickets
August 9th – Starlight Theater – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
August 16th – Fraze Pavillion – Kettering, OH – Buy Tickets
August 29th – Fashion Meets Music Festival – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
October 16th – TBD – Cincinnati, OH – Coming Soon
America’s boy band Midnight Red kicked off the festival with their cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and heated up the stage with their hits “Hell Yeah” and “Take Me Home,” complete with choreographed dance moves. (We highly approve!). Behind the guys were giant inflatable caricatures of each member. New Hollow New Hollow won us over instantly with their rocking cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” – no easy task. Their original tracks like “She Ain’t You” have a 90s grunge sound and since we love anything and everything 90s around here, we may have found our new favorite band. They were the only artist on the lineup that we weren’t familiar with before the show and we’re so glad we caught their set!
NYC-based indie pop band AJR played their biggest show to date to the crowd of nearly 15,000. We weren’t sure how their music would translate in a stadium setting, but they looked and sounded amazing as always. We love how unique AJR’s sound is – out of the 13 acts that performed, they had by far the most distinctive and original sound. We’re sure they gained a lot of fans – the whole venue was clapping along to “I’m Ready!” We also love how they still set up their own equipment. And did anyone catch the “I’m Ready” banner flying around the stadium? They’re total rock stars now!
We’ve been fans of Cody Simpson since we saw him opening for Big Time Rush at Jones Beach on their summer tour. His laid back Australian surfer vibe and sound are perfect for the venue (which if you haven’t been to, is surrounded by water on 3 sides). While we were expecting him to dance more, especially following his stint on “Dancing With The Stars,” we were pleasantly surprised to see his guitar playing skills showcased instead as he played both acoustic and electric during his set, which included his new single, “Surfboard“. The crowd went wild for Cody and we’re hoping he’ll be back on another headlining tour soon! He’s heading off to Europe this week for his Acoustic Sessions tour.
Of course the highlight of the evening was Austin MAHONE, who kicked off his set with a Banga Banga! We’re still fangirling over the fact that he played “Secrets” (our theme song) and “Next To You” from his new EP, “The Secret”. From Austin’s crisp boy band dance moves to his flawless vocals, it’s safe to say everyone at Jones Beach last night became a Mahomie! Austin also showed he’s multi-talented, breaking out the acoustic guitar for “Shadow.” He kept teasing the crowd with “one more song!” which thankfully turned into 4 more songs, including “MMM Yeah” and “What About Love.” We’re even more excited for his summer tour with The Vamps, because we just didn’t get enough Austin last night!
BLI says they’re hoping to bring Summer Jam back in 2015, to which we say “YES PLEASE!!” Except, can we maybe have it on a Saturday next year?
We’re just 19 days from the release of Austin’s debut album, “The Secret” and we can hardly wait! You’ll have plenty of chances to see Austin this summer, from his Today Show Summer Concert Series kickoff on Memorial Day, to a set at 106.1 BLI’s Summer Jam at Jones Beach! And for all you Mahomies in Europe, Austin just announced new tour dates!
Tickets for the London show are on sale now; Paris and Germany shows go on sale later this week. You can also get a VIP Soundcheck package where you can meet Austin before the show!
Visit AustinMahone.com for all the details & join Mahomie High for pre-sale access! And if you’re lucky enough to be meeting the one man boyband on tour, make sure you read our Fangirl Handbook for tips on how to make the most of it!
Austin will be kicking off his North American tour with The Vamps in July. Check out all the dates here!
We’re so excited to finally have a studio version of “Till I Find You,” which we were instantly singing along to the first time we heard it on the Artist to Watch Tour. We love the 90s pop sound of this song – perfect for the one man boyband Austin Mahone!
“The Secret” Tracklisting
1. Till I Find You
2. Next to You
3. MMM YEAH ft Pitbull
5. Can’t Fight This Love
6. All I Ever Need
7. The One I’ve Waited For
Austin will be heading out on his first big headlining tour this summer with The Vamps! He’ll also be having a show in London at indig02 on June 23rd, tickets go on sale next week!