The latest indie-rock acts to participate in Pulse — the concert series from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Towson University public radio station WTMD — include Houndmouth, Brett Dennen, Lake Street Dive and Baltimore's Lower Dens, organizers announced this morning.
Indiana-based trio and Rough Trade Records signees Houndmouth will kick off the second of the collaboration Sept. 22. Like last year's series, the band and orchestra will play separate sets and then come together for a finale.
California-based folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen will perform with the BSO on Oct. 20. Lake Street Dive, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indie-pop quartet, follows on Feb. 23. The series wraps up May 11 when Baltimore indie-rock act Lower Dens joins the BSO for the season's final show.
The BSO, led by its associate conductor Nicholas Hersh, will perform works by composers by Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Darius Milhaud and Steve Reich.
Tickets ($35) for the shows, which will be held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, go on sale noon Saturday at bsopulse.org. Like last season, the concerts will be broadcast live on WTMD.
Each show will feature performances early in the night from local artists chosen by Lower Dens' Jana Hunter. Scheduled performers include Jordannah Elizabeth, DaikonDaikon, PM Lignum, Ami Dang, Blacksage, Al Rogers Jr., Curved Light and TT the Artist.
Local food and drink vendors like Parts & Labor, Dooby's, Dangerously Delicious Pies, The Charmery, Union Craft Brewing and more will be on hand, as well.
The debut season of Pulse, which was made possible by a grant from the Wallace Foundation, began last September with the California folk-rock act Dawes. (The Dawes lead singer told the Baltimore Sun the opportunity was "a dream come true.") Baltimore's Wye Oak, Dr. Dog and the Lone Bellow also performed throughout the season.