Life on Long Island
Gus + Scout set for The Stephen Talkhouse
When looking over the concert calendar of The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett (161 Main St. Amagansett, NY 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com), many of the acts are usually known to most – whether it’s because the performers have lengthy, often-iconic catalogs, or because the bands scheduled are local favorites, seen frequently at various venues throughout the year.
However, on Thursday, Aug. 30, a duo will be taking the stage that, while familiar due to their birthrights, will be (for the most part) introducing themselves to the Long Island music scene (and to those visiting from New York City).
Known as Gus + Scout, their sound is best-described as indie-folk, as the two perform over guitars, drums and piano – forsaking the electronic accompaniment that most new artists seem to hang on these days. They trade cantos at many a time, eventually coming together to create a soulfully tangled covenant.
Acquaintances since their childhood years (they grew up as neighbors in Hailey, Idaho), the two became good friends while students at Brown University in Providence, R.I., where they started writing music together and clicking creatively – culminating in their first release, an eponymously titled EP that will be released on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The twosome will be taking the Talkhouse stage at 8 p.m. with tickets on sale for $30 at the club’s website or by calling the main line. And if you do come for the show, don’t surprised if upon seeing either Gus (Gus Wenner) or Scout (Scout Willis) you feel their faces look familiar, as you may have seen them before -- for Gus is the son of Jann Wenner (the co-founder /publisher of “Rolling Stone” magazine, and the owner of “Men's Journal” and “Us Weekly”), while Scout is the daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Naturally, their lineage doesn’t hold much weight when hearing Gus + Scout execute, but it’s always interesting to look out for which celebrated faces will be inspired to attend by the act’s personal notoriety, a common occurrence in the Hamptons.