Who: Future Islands
What: Panorama festival
Where: Randall’s Island Park
When: Friday, July 28, Panorama Stage, $125, 5:15
Why: Baltimore trio Future Islands has a special connection to New York City; their video for “Cave,” from their latest album, April’s The Far Field, features Jonathan Lamberton, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rather expressive sign-language interpreter, signing the lyrics to the song. Perhaps Lamberton will be onstage with the band on July 28 when they play the Panorama festival on Randall’s Island. Future Islands was formed in North Carolina in 2006 by high school friends Gerrit Welmers and Samuel Herring along with William Cashion and Erick Murillo; Murillo left the next year, and since 2014 lyricist and lead singer Herring, keyboardist Welmers, and guitarist Cashion have been joined on tour by drummer Michael Lowry. The new album also includes such heartfelt, synth-driven songs as “Ran,” “Aladdin,” “Time on Her Side,” “North Star,” and “Shadows,” with special guest Debbie Harry. And yes, in December 2015 they covered WHAM!’s “Last Christmas.” Future Islands will be on the huge Panorama Stage at 5:15, after Vance Joy and before MGMT. The full Friday schedule is below.