Those in attendance for Music on the Mall Friday on State Street will be enjoying the summer weather and maybe a cold beverage — and, according to the evening's performers, Teenager, they'll also be helping to save rock 'n' roll.
The recently returned downtown Auburn music series' second 2016 installment will be one of a handful of summer gigs for the five-piece rock band: lead guitarist Donny Alger, rhythm guitarist Terry Cuddy, bassist Taylor Price, drummer Beth Beer and keyboardist Theresa Walsh.
The band first reunited after several years last summer to play a benefit for the family of Nathan Switzer, as well as a Cayuga Museum benefit. Most recently, it played the Hartlot Happening Memorial Day weekend in Elbridge, and has booked shows at the Seward House Museum and Moondog's Lounge later this summer.
There and at Music on the Mall, the band will play material off its two albums, "Entitled" and "All Kids Free." But it'll apply a little extra focus to some unreleased material that it'll record during an upcoming Sub Rosa Session at SubCat Studios in Syracuse. Walsh said the band will be looking to work out any lingering kinks.
With a catalog of only original material, written by lead songwriters Alger and Cuddy, Teenager might seem under threat of apathy at an outdoor venue like Music on the Mall. But, Walsh said, the songs feel familiar anyway because of their heavy influence by bedrock artists like The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Alger's stage presence helps maintain people's attention too, she said.
"It seems like it'd be a challenge, but we get people's attention," she said. "Well, Donny does, anyway."
With those two bands' busy summer schedules, including dates in Auburn's music series, the four will nonetheless find time for Teenager because of the chance to play with Alger and return to the band's catalog of original rock, Cuddy told The Citizen last year.
"It felt good to play a lot of those old songs," he said. "People really remembered these songs. They just got a vibe from it, and I got a vibe from playing the songs, too."