Photos: Okayfuture’s SummerStage Recap with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo!

with photos by Leah Runyon

Before the day had even started, we weren’t sure whether we’d even have a show or not.  There was a 40% chance that rain would fall upon New York City right around 6 p.m., when our biggest concert to date, Central Park’s SummerStage, would begin.  And still, hours before doors open, there was a mob of fans waiting to see their beloved musicmakers, Seattle’s rising producer duo ODESZA, longtime NYC band Cibo Matto and the headliner whose 15-year career commands no introduction necessary… Bonobo.

While we indeed weathered (pun intended) through a bit of showers during sound check, throwing plastic tarps over stage monitors and other expensive sound gear, Hallelujah! the electronic music gods blessed us and our already near-capacity audience with a clear summer sky as ODESZA took the stage.

Playing a stunning, seamless set of their melodic, arm-raising and mood-lifting sounds like crowd pleasers, “My Friends Never Die” and “Sun Models,” ODESZA’s performance was an incredibly strong start for the evening.

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

By the time ODESZA wrapped it up and Cibo Matto took the stage, thousands had settled into Rumsey Playfield and communal dance parties had taken over the venue.  During their highly entertaining set, NYC music scene veterans Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori fearlessly pounced across the stage in a choreographed air-guitar inspired dance to a bass solo break-down.

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

As the Central Park sky dimmed to night, the stage lights grew bright and effervescent (smoke machines), and the crowd stirred with excitement.  The man of the hour, Simon Green a/k/a Bonobo, with 15 years of Ninja Tune releases under his belt, and recently a year’s-plus worth of touring across 30 countries, was making his way to the stage, with full band in tow – I counted a 12-piece, including both strings and brass sections, plus drums and keys, and the mesmerizing Szjerdene.

As Bonobo and his band, along with special guests Grey Reverend and the lovely Andreya Triana, belted out fan favorites at their final show in North America, on this enormous tour, the smiling masses sparkled and waved with cellphone flashes as they danced under the moon. We thought, “could this moment be any more magical?”

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

Bonobo will be releasing his The North Borders Tour live album, on vinyl/CD + book + DVD + digital, with footage from his live shows, including our SummerStage event, later this Fall.  You can watch the trailer here.

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

Okayfuture's SummerStage Concert at Central Park, NYC with ODESZA, Cibo Matto & Bonobo. July 13, 2014

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