Review | Z100 hosts annual Summer Bash at Hudson Yards amid rainy conditions

Photo by Vivianne Navarrete

iHeartMedia’s Z100 hosted its annual Summer Bash at Hudson Yards on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Despite the inclement weather, the enthusiasm of the crowd was unwavering as they gathered to enjoy performances by Bebe Rexha, David Kushner, Jessie Murph, Benson Boone, and Owenn. When asked about who they were there to see, two attendees shared that they were simply there to revel in the experience, while other passionate fans sang along to every lyric.

Z100’s Summer Bash 2023 proved to be an unforgettable music extravaganza that left the crowd with memories to last a lifetime. This free event was held at Hudson Yards, an expansive outdoor venue right next to the structure, Vessel. People showed up in full force to enthusiastically support and go wild for Bebe Rexha, David Kushner, Jessie Murph, Benson Boone, and Owenn. When two individuals were asked who they were there to see, they responded that they were just there to have a blast. While others were dedicated fans singing along with every lyric.

OwennPhoto by Vivianne Navarrete

Emerging artists brought their A-game, seizing the opportunity to captivate a massive audience. From soulful ballads to high-energy pop numbers, each performer brought a unique flavor to the stage, demonstrating the rich tapestry of contemporary music. Owenn started the show off and set the feel-good mood for the night with his groovy tunes accompanied by incredible dance moves. His stage presence resonated with the crowd, exemplifying the shared joy of performer and audience dancing in the refreshing rain. Following Owenn, singer-songwriter Benson Boone delivered a stripped-down and mellow set that perfectly complemented the increasing rainfall.

As the audience swayed under a sea of raincoats and umbrellas, his soothing vocals and keyboard melodies provided a tranquil interlude. The ethereal Jessie Murph took the stage next, serenading attendees with an intimate connection that spanned from one end of the stage to the other, unifying the audience in a shared musical experience. David Kushner followed with a dream-like acoustic performance, creating an atmosphere of serenity amidst the now-cleared skies. His mellower tones offered a serene intermission, allowing the audience to appreciate the diverse musical offerings of the evening.

Jessie MurphPhoto by Vivianne Navarrete

After he concluded his performance, the anticipation grew for the headlining act as the Z100 DJs masterfully maintained the party’s energy, seamlessly blending pop hits to keep the excitement alive. The pinnacle of the event arrived with New York’s pop sensation, Bebe Rexha. Her high-energy performance had the entire audience erupting with cheers and jumping to the beat. Accompanied by dynamic backup dancers and even inviting three individuals from the crowd to join her on stage, Rexha belted out hits like “I’m Good (Blue),” “Me Myself and I,” and “In the Name of Love.”

Overall, Z100’s Summer Bash was an exhilarating celebration of music, talent, and unity. From the opening notes to the finale, the event was a showcase of musical diversity, expert production, and an unforgettable atmosphere. For those lucky enough to attend, it will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the summer’s most memorable highlights.

Bebe RexhaPhoto by Vivianne Navarrete