“Does Bonnaroo have cruise missiles? I think not.” That’s how Comedy Central’s fake conservative talk show host Stephen Colbert announced his first-ever all-star sea-based music extravaganza.
On Tuesday night’s “The Colbert Report,” Colbert announced that he’s hosting an August 10 concert aboard New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum that will feature sets from Fun., Santigold, the Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear and the event’s official DJ, hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash.
With the mash-up worthy, and wordy, name, StePhest Colbchella ’012: RocktAugustFest, Colbert said he’ll have interviews with each of the acts on his nightly show during the week of August 13.
“Folks, if you watch this show on a regular basis, then you know that I am a big player in the music biz,” boasted Colbert, nodding to his Grammy, an all-star Christmas special starring Elvis Costello and his prized book shelf curio, former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe. “And folks, I know all the latest hottest bands, like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza … those guys are great. Well now it’s summer and that means it’s time to remount my long-running, one-year tradition of throwing my own summer concert.”
Colbert’s latest musical throwdown is the follow up to a week of musical guests he hosted on his show last year dubbed, StePhest Colbchella ’011: Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane. That series included appearances from Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Talib Kweli and Jack White.
“We’ll be on deck with a boatload of rock talent,” he promised of the upcoming show. Tickets for the show will be available through the Colbert Nation website on Wednesday (August 1).