GRAMMY Award-winning band Vampire Weekend visited the Museum for an intimate conversation on October 4, 2019 to discuss their album, Father of the Bride, which was released on May 3, 2019 via Columbia Records. The album later won Best Alternative Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, in addition to receiving a nomination for Album of the Year.
Featuring lead single “Harmony Hall,” FOTB debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and was praised by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Time, and more. The band also performed songs from Father of the Bride on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Vampire Weekend was formed by Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson, Chris Baio and former member Rostam Batmanglij in 2006 while enrolled at Columbia University. The band’s self-titled debut album Vampire Weekend was released January 29th, 2008 by XL Recording and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album has since been certified Platinum in the U.S. and U.K., and Gold in Canada and Australia. Following their self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend released 2010’s GRAMMY-nominated Contra and 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, which won that year's GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album. Both albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and are certified Gold in the U.S.