A Summer Night
A Summer Night returns in 2023, bringing together art, nature, and music, as the early summer day drifts into night. Guests are invited to explore Storm King’s exhibitions after-hours and listen to introspective and dreamy folk music by the band Florist under the open sky.
Saturday, June 10
5:30 – 9PM
5:30PM DJ set by Yibing
7:30PM Performance by Florist
Festive Summer Attire
Rain or Shine
Thank you to our Supporters
Thomas A. & Georgina T. Russo
Cathy & Peter Halstead
Roberta & Steven Denning
Sunil Savkar & Stefanie Birkmann
Special Thanks To
Industrial Arts Brewing
General Admission Tickets
Join us for a performance by Florist, plus after-hours access to Storm King Art Center. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available for refreshments. Tickets start at $45.
Bringing a crew? Receive discounted tickets when you carpool. Additionally, Storm King Members receive a 10% discount, please log in before making your purchase.
Support Storm King by purchasing a sponsorship package. Sponsorships start at $2,500 and include generous benefits for you and your guests:
- Early event arrival at 4:30PM
- Premium parking in the South.
- Entry to the Premier Lounge with open bar and appetizer stations
- Reserved table for your group in the Lounge near the concert
- Guided tour of 2023 exhibitions (by request)
- Recognition on the event website, and all digital and printed materials.
Enhance your Summer Night experience with entry to the Premier Lounge and premium parking. Premier tickets start at $175.
Storm King Members receive a 10% discount, please log in before making your purchase.
Can’t attend? Support Storm King Art Center with a fully tax-deductible gift.
Born in Mexico City, Yibing first fell in love with free-form radio during the time she spent in the West Coast. Upon moving to New York she landed a dream job for young music heads–working on Beats in Space with Tim Sweeney. After years soaking up track IDs, working on releases for the label and seeing some of the world’s best DJs work up close, Yibing’s stepped out on to the scene with a voice all her own. Her monthly show on The Lot Radio, Tranquilamente, is easy listening for the 2023 music lover. Her DJ sets mix downtempo, house, rave, post-punk, dub, and shoegaze, bringing her love for radio and playful approach to digging onto the dance floor.
Florist began as the friendship project of Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro, and Jonnie Baker in Upstate, NY. The three started making weird sounds on synths and guitars together as a way to relate, and grew close. Felix Walworth joined as a drummer and collaborator when Emily moved to New York City and continued writing songs with the moniker.
The Birds Outside Sang started being written as one result of a severe bicycle accident that Emily was involved in on Feb 11th, 2014. It began with Emily, still recovering, writing and recording in isolation, able to play keyboard only with one hand, sing, and bang on things. The second half of the album was recorded live by the whole band. It was a resurrection back into the friendships, loving support, and musical collaboration that first started Florist.
If Blue Could Be Happiness is the second full length album from soft-synthesizer-folk band Florist. It is an observation of change; a full color memory album. It is both a goodbye to a past life and a declaration of great love to a new one. A long mourning song for the death of a mother, and a quiet celebration of the endless struggle that is being alive. Recorded by the band during May of 2017 in an Upstate New York schoolhouse very near to where songwriter Emily Sprague spent her childhood and where the band originated. The final track of the record, “Red Bird”, was written and recorded by Emily on the day before her mother died unexpectedly in March of 2017. The song remains in demo form on the album just as she had heard it.
Emily Alone is a collection of songs made by Florist songwriter Emily Sprague during a time of great stillness and isolation with the self. An attempt to capture the dark spaces between change and acknowledge their beauty. It is a natural, isolated, and momentary tangent away from the otherwise collaborative project that is Florist, while still maintaining the documentary nature of the band that, like all things, is a mutable entity in this universe. These songs, as they exist now, were born partly out of literal distance from her bandmates on the east coast, and partly out of urgency to translate an emotional moment.
The band’s newest album Florist feels like the culmination of a decade-long journey, their fourth full-length album, but the first deserving of a self-titled designation. “We called it Florist because this is not just my songs with a backing band,” Sprague explains. “It’s a practice. It’s a collaboration. It’s our one life. These are my best friends and the music is the way that it is because of that.”