Entries tagged with: Newport Folk Festival
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.
Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.
Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).
Beck @ Outside Lands Festival 2013 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
As mentioned, Beck will be on the East Coast this summer, playing a special acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival (tickets). He'll also play few other shows in the area, including a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 4. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday, May 10.
No word on a new Beck album, but he did release that Song Reader sheet-music-only album back in December. Maybe he'll play some of those. All Beck tour dates are listed below.
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
We're not exactly sure what he'll be doing but Fred Armisen is playing Bowery Ballroom on February 19. Tickets are on sale today at noon.
The Joy Formidable play two shows in NYC: April 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 18 at Webster Hall. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Spacehog play a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 26. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Lemonade play Cameo on Valentines Day (2/14) and tickets to that show are on sale now.
Little Green Cars play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 26. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Though the lineup won't be announced for a while, 'Early Bird' and 'Three Day' passes for the 2013 Newport Folk Festival are already sold out. It's not too late to get a 'Two Day' or 'Single Day' ticket though.
Graham Parker & the Rumour play Gramercy Theatre on April 14. Tickets are on sale now.
Industrial legends KMFDM play Irving Plaza on March 21. Tickets are on sale now.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Iron & Wine/Sharon Van Etten/Dear Tick, NFF 2012
My Morning Jacket's tribute to Helm brought to mind when the late drummer played "Makes No Difference" on the same stage in 2010. Ghosts loomed large everywhere this year; Iron & Wine's Sam Beam covered "Long Black Veil," Spirit Family Reunion paid tribute to Karen Dalton with "Green Rocky Road" and the recently departed Doc Watson, who played Newport several times over the decades, was projected on a giant screen above the main stage between sets. Woody Guthrie received the biggest tribute; Morello, Jim James and the Guthrie Family Reunion, a collection of Woody's extended family, sang his songs in separate sets to mark his centennial. [Rolling Stone]After a kickoff show with Wilco, Blizten Trapper, and Megafaun, the Newport Folk Festival fully began this past Saturday (7/28) in Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park with performances by Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more. Pictures of those artists are in this post.
As mentioned in the Rolling Stone review above, many late folk legends were honored at the show with tributes from their disciples, especially Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year, and was also honored by Wilco at the pre-show. Sunday's (7/29) lineup also saw a set from New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Guthrie lyrics.
If you couldn't make it to the festival, did you stream it online? If not, NPR has got the archives of many sets including those of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion, First Aid Kit, and more.
More pictures from Newport Folk Fest are below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Wilco at Newport - 7/27/12
Newport Folk Festival went down over the weekend (7/28-29), but before things kicked into full gear, a pre-show went down on Friday (7/27) with sets from Wilco (who were just in NYC), Blitzen Trapper, and Megafaun. Wilco played a two hour set with included "Christ for President" from Mermaid Avenue and brought Woody Guthrie's granddaughter out for the encore.
More pictures and Wilco's setlist from the Newport Folk Fest pre-show below.
Nels Cline of Wilco (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival begins in Rhode Island tonight with a concert by Wilco (7:30pm), Blitzen Trapper (6pm), and Megafaun (5pm). If you're not there, you can, as previously mentioned, listen live at NPR which will also be broadcasting from the sold out fest all weekend long.
Jonny Corndawg at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Jonny Corndawg is touring the US and Canada in the upcoming weeks, and after that run brings him to Newport Folk Festival, he'll make his way to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on August 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon.
UPDATE: Jonny also plays Union Pool on August 3.
In related news, if you can't make it to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival, NPR will be streaming it as they've done for the past four years as well. They'll also be streaming the Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 4-5). Check out a Newport Folk Fest video from NPR along with a list of all Jonny Corndawg dates below.
Talk Normal, Religious to Damn & ATM are playing Glasslands June 22. Tickets are on sale.
UMO also play Googa Mooga this weekend.
Though it wasn't in our last-posted list of dates, Zambri, who joined Bear on Heaven on state at MHOW (a show Doldrums opened), have a show coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/23 with Caged Animals, and AIMES Tickets are on sale.
The Musical Box, "the exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel, recreation of Genesis" are performing The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with "all 1,100 original slide projections from the '74-'75 tour" this year. Tickets for an 11/23 show at the Grand Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. Regular sale starts Friday at noon which is also when you can get tickets for the 11/21 Wellmont Theater show.
The Felice Brothers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on 6/15 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale.
Maybe the Felice Brothers will play one of Deer Tick's THREE curated Newport Folk Festival after-shows at the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. Deer Tick curated and play all three nights, July 27, 28 & 29, with special guests. All three just went on sale.
Tickets are still on sale for the Violens show happening at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (5/16).
Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Ziegler)
Wilco dates have been popping up here and there, but are now part of a fully announced tour that happens in May, June, July and August.
East Coast shows currently start on July 21st when Wilco join The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog for a Philadelphia-area show that is part of the three-day 2012 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, sort of...
The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, now in its 8th year at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. This year, we're excited to expand our festival grounds into the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 for all of our 3-Day Pass holders. Every 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru includes one lawn seat admission to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show on Saturday, July 21 at Susquehanna Bank Center.Full festival lineup still TBA.
Wilco then don't have anything scheduled for a few days (for now?) and then hit the Newport Folk Festival which they were recently added to, sort of. The Rhode Island Wilco show is a Friday night show with Blitzen Trapper & Megafaun while the rest of the festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The Wilco show goes on sale Friday at 11am.
Wilco also currently have shows scheduled in Cooperstown, Hartford, Rochester, and everywhere listed, but not NYC (yet?), below...
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
photos by Jim Brueckner
Day two (7/31) of Newport Folk Festival featured performances by The Cave Singers, Wanda Jackson, Justin Townes Earle, Middle Brother, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, Emmylou Harris and others. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.
Like they've done in the past, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello performed together on one of Elvis's songs. She performed guest vocals with him and The Imposters on "Scarlet Tide."
photos by Jim Brueckner
Newport Folk Festival took place in Rhode Island this past weekend (7/30-31). Day one featured performances by The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples (who was joined by Colin Meloy), The Decemberistsand others. Pictures from that day are in this post. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.
The Felice Brothers, who are no longer playing Truck America, added Nicole Atkins as an opener to their 9/29 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still on sale. You can also catch Nicole tonight (8/3) at Bowery Ballroom when she opens for Fountains of Wayne.
photos by Jim Brueckner
Sallie Ford @ Newport Folk Fest
Partisan Records was repping hard in Newport over the weekend. Between the fest itself and a bunch of afterparties, there were all kinds of Deer Tick-related collaborations going on including Partisan's Mountain Man playing the fest and later joining Middle Brother on stage, and Partisan's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside playing the fest (pics in this post) in addition to Sallie singing John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" with Deer Tick's John McCauley, twice - both at the fest and at an afterparty. Video of both times can be watched below.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside make their network television debut on Letterman tonight (8/3). They also open for Jolie Holland (like they did recently at Bowery Ballroom) in Philly tonight before continuing on tour. Deer Tick play a free show with Dom in NYC soon and other dates. All Sallie Ford dates and those videos and more pics from Newport too, below...
photos by Jim Brueckner, words by Rachel Kowal
The ladies that are Mountain Man played Mercury Lounge last week (7/28) with BOBBY. Due largely to the un-Google-ability of their name (and recent self-titled album), BOBBY has enjoyed a certain amount of mystique, but chances are they won't be able to hide in the shadows much longer--especially not with Mountain Man members Amelia Randall Meathe and Molly Erin Sarle contributing vocals.
Comprised of college buddies and label mates alike (none of whom carry the band's name), BOBBY makes the kind of music you might expect to underlie a Michael Gondry dream sequence: warm, woozy, and somewhat enigmatic. The music is at times subdued and trance-inducing, but Amelia takes the opportunity to dance at the slightest uptick in tempo, which helps elevate the mood both on and off stage.
Though their set was brief, each of their five songs was its own slowly unfurling world of swirling guitars, drums, and keys. As on the album, the dual male/female vocals, though an important component of the music, were typically indecipherable and impressionistic, contributing more to the feel of a song than its meaning.
BOBBY and Mountain Man may be complimentary due to the overlapping members, but they have quite a different sound. In stark contrast to their predecessors, Mountain Man played quick songs built almost entirely on vocals that sparkled in their simplicity.
Appropriate for a group whose discography contains a handful of hymns and traditional songs, Mountain Man effortlessly brought the otherwise chatty crowd to silence as soon as one of the members began to sing. The reverent behavior--though entirely warranted and necessary due to the volume of the performance--was so pronounced that it even elicited an appreciative comment from the band at one point.
The notion of an a cappella-heavy act might seem odd for club show, but Molly, Amelia, and Alexandra easily won the crowd over with their beautiful harmonies and endearing delivery. Their stories and non sequiturs had the crowd laughing between nearly every song. At one point they even welcomed a stranger on stage to share her recent dream: a crazy fabrication that included everything from stalactites to an octopus. (The look on Amelia's face during the description of the naked mermaids was priceless.)
Instead of relying on a strict set list, Mountain Man's performance was governed by both crowd suggestions and the band's whims. In the absence of accompanying instruments to provide the correct key (save for the occasional appearance of an acoustic guitar), the women prefaced each song by singing the opening note of their ensuing 3-piece harmony, all the while smiling and adjusting the pitch when necessary.
Mountain Man played a diverse set that included both a number of songs from their recent album and a handful of surprises, including a snippet of a song by The Monkees ("Whole Wide World"), a Michael Hurley cover ("Werewolf"), and "I Left Her Standing There," an amazing song the DeZurik sisters sang in the '30s that features yodeling. They concluded by leading the crowd in singing a beautiful one-song encore of "Beauty is Before Me."
The show was three days before Mountain Man played the second day of the Newport Folk Festival (7/31). We don't have any pics from Mercury Lounge, but more pictures and a video from their Newport set, and the setlist from the Mercury show are below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.
Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...
David Wax Museum at B.O.M.B. Fest in May (more by Eric M. Townsend)
"David Wax is a rabbi in New Jersey recently accused of murder, but that's not the David Wax who fronts the David Wax Museum, a Latin folk band! This is all a terrible coincidence. David Wax and the other members play a raucous, Mexican-tinged folk music that also pays homage to indie rock (but without any ironic detachment)."David Wax Museum kicked off a run of summer dates at Clearwater Festival last month. They've got more scheduled through September including a free NYC show tonight (7/27) in Madison Square Park, before they hit the SOLD OUT Newport Folk Festival this weekend. Tonight's show is part of the Madison Square Music Oval Lawn Series, which presents free music in Madison Square Park every Wednesday through August 10. Doors open at 7 PM.
[Express Night Out]
Wanda Jackson, who also plays Newport, plays a free show in NYC tonight (7/27) too. Hers is at Central Park Summerstage with Imeida May.
The Head and the Heart also play Newport and have more shows coming up including 3 headlining shows in NYC, and one at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan which hits Governors Island for three days (8/26-28). They play Governors Island that Saturday, as do David Wax Museum (don't hold it against them).,
All David Wax tour dates, a video of them performing at NPR's Tiny Desk, and a new live video too, below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
John McCauley, Jonny Corndawg, Matt Vasquez @ BV-SXSW
Jonny Corndawg is releasing his album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30. He'll celebrate the release of the album that same day (8/30) at Union Pool. Other bands TBA. John McCauley of Deer Tick provides guitar on the album. Check out the artwork and stream two tracks below.
The Union Pool show is 4 days after Jonny Corndawg plays The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (8/26) with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are on sale now. Jessica Lea Mayfield recently contributed a cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act" to Newermind. Kinda funny that Deer Tick isn't on that album.
Speaking of Deer Tick, friends, lovers and frequent tourmates Those Darlins are currently on an extensive tour that includes some dates this month with Old 97's. Those Darlins will hit NYC on October 14 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick) are not done yet and will play a rare set at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It is their only scheduled date though. Delta Spirit (whose singer is also in Middle Brother) also play the SOLD OUT fest. Middle Brother, Dawes, Cordawg & Deer Tick played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall in April, not long after Middle Brother and Deer Tick (and Corndawg) played a set at the Partisan Records/BV day party in Austin that The Old 97's also played. A belated set of pictures from that free show at Barbarella are in this post. More of them below.
Dawes (whose singer and drummer are also in Middle Brother) are currently touring overseas, but will return next week and head out on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). That tour hits Beacon Theater on August 2nd (the show is sold out though tickets are still available for the NJ show happening one day later). All dates are listed below.
Deer Tick also has dates coming up including a free show at Pier 54 (8/11) with DOM. More dates below.
Jo Schornikow of the John McCauley approved Shivers plays on Sunday (7/24) at Death by Audio as part of the "Permanent Wave's SOUND WAVE to Benefit the International Women's Health Coalition" at the all ages venue. Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick's previous band, is on the bill too.
More Middle Brother pics, tours of tour dates and stuff below...
"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...
Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
O'Death photos by Kevin H.
O'Death @ the 2010 Newport Folk Fest
"The only way O'Death could be a better name for a Gothic folk-punk band would be if the band only performed on St. Patrick's Day. As it is, the New York group plays grippingly intense Americana, in the process bringing to mind the white-knuckle hellrides of 16 Horsepower. Here, O'Death plays songs from its latest album, Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I."After some depressing setbacks, O'Death are back. You can stream their recent set from the Newport Folk Festival at NPR, and catch them live, tonight (8/20), at the Rock Shop.
[stream their Newport Folk Fest set @ NPR]
Opening the Rock Shop show are The Goddamn Rattlesnake and Deer Tick associate Jonny Corndawg WHO IS ALSO playing Union Pool tonight with Lucero associates Glossary (who are on a short Northeast tour).
Jonny Corndawg also plays Knitting Factory (again) on October 8th with.... Wanda Jackson! It will be Wanda'a 2nd show at the new-ish Brooklyn venue. The queen of rock also played there in February. The Lustre Kings also play the October show, and tickets are on sale.
More pics of O'Death @ Newport, with some Corndawg videos and all dates below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
Swell Season @ Prospect Park on July 30th
"In support of a new record, Strict Joy, the Swell Season came to Brooklyn to play to a hypnotized, but almost manic crowd. "Low Rising" from Strict Joy represented the best of where the Swell Season are going - soulful, deep seeded pop music. So no surprise when they later turned out Van the Man's "Into the Mystic", with a backing New York horn section. And they kept the orchestral machinations of the Once soundtrack to a minimum, focusing instead on electric and acoustic guitars, relying on one solid fiddle player for strings. And of course they shined strongest on the sparse acoustic torch songs, just the two of them on "Falling Slowly" (the way the song was meant to be played), and Glenn in particular on the almost over-the-top-it's-so-good "Say It To Me Now".The Swell Season played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on Friday, July 30th with the Low Anthem, who, along with Josh Ritter, later joined the headliners on stage. After the Roots, it may have been the 2nd most crowded free show in Prospect Park this summer.
Meanwhile, The Low Anthem just about stole the damn show. The Low Anthem are a band, and Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is a record, that personifies American roots without immediately summoning a particular brand of it. What's evoked is a creeky, wooden empty room in a house, about sundown, and a few candles or incandescent bulbs alight in a chandelier. The guitars, the horns, the keys, the saw, that amazing upright bass (with a solo for the books) - the ghosts of America, thoughtful and contemplative, lost. Something where Moby Dick, Andrew Jackson, the Civil War, and Leadbelly have a get together."
Both bands also played the Newport Folk Fest over the weekend, and NPR streamed and recorded both sets. The Low Anthem doesn't seem to be up at the moment, but The Swell Season can be listened to now.
One-half of the Swell Season Glen Hansard will be back in NYC in November for a show with his band the Frames at Terminal 5.
The Low Anthem play a free show in CT on Tuesday night (8/3).
More pictures and videos from the show (and Swell Season's performance on Jimmy Kimmel) are below...
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Jim James @ Newport Folk Fest Saturday (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
""I've always dreamed of playing at the Newport Folk Festival," Steve Martin said Friday night, "and tonight I am one step closer to that goal."Steve Martin played the opening night show. Saturday's sets included Sarah Jarosz, The Low Anthem, Nneka, Blitzen Trapper, Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket) (Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore joined him on stage too), Andrew Bird, O'Death (now back in action), and John Prine. I listed those because those are the ones NPR taped and have archived for streaming. Today's sets include Cory Chisel, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, A.A. Bondy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Punch Brothers, featuring Chris Thile, The Avett Brothers, Horse Feathers, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. I mention those because those are the ones NPR is streaming live today (and will also archive for future listening). Elvis Perkins and Dearland also play today, instead of Justin Townes Earle.
He was joking, of course -- the famous funny man was at George Wein's Newport Folk Festival, headlining the opening-night bluegrass concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame before an estimated crowd of 2,300 people. But throughout his set fronting the North Carolina quintet The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's serious talent on the banjo was evident." [The Providence Journal]
Some videos from the fest so far, especially of What Cheer? Brigade, below...
one of these hands is injured...
"Unfortunately Justin's shows this coming weekend will be cancelled. He injured his hand this past weekend and has 19 stitches and there's no way he can play guitar. We apologize for any inconveniences. We're working on rescheduling the Iron Horse show for late August and hope to make an announcement on that soon."One of those cancelled shows is the Newport Folk Festival which happens this weekend. Elvis Perkins and Dearland replace Justin on the bill.
Justin's next still-scheduled show takes place on Governors Island on August 8th with Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band and Dawn Landes & the Hounds. It's free! (and definitely still happening with Justin as of now)
John Prine plays Newport Folk Saturday, and a show on Governors Island on September 10th.
Yim Yames, who has contributed to a John Prine tribute CD, plays Newport Folk Saturday and a show in NYC tonight with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore and Preservation Jazz Band who all play Newport Folk on Sunday.
Andrew Bird plays Newport Folk Saturday, and a show in NYC on August 5th.
The Low Anthem play Newport Folk Saturday, and a show in NYC tonight with the Swell Season who play Newport Folk on Sunday.
A Newport Folk promo video, and some videos of John Prine performing at Bonnaroo this year, below...
Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival will be happening again at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 31st and August 1st. The fest will also host a Friday night show on July 30th at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.
The lineup so far includes Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, John Prine, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, The Swell Season, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O'Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O'Death and Liz Longley.
photos by Jim Brueckner
Deer Tick / Neko Case
"...And to think it almost didn't happen. When the [Newport Folk] festival's future was in question earlier this year, original executive producer George Wein took back the reins and scrambled to fill two days with an impressive lineup that appealed, in producer Jay Sweet's words, to "the musical omnivore.''...Like Fleet Foxes, Neko Case also played All Points West over the weekend. Newport Folk Fest ran August 1st-2nd. APW was three days and started on July 31st.
...And this year the festival had a noticeably youthful presence; 9,200 people (fort capacity: 10,000) attended Saturday, giving the festival its highest single-day ticket sales since Bob Dylan's heralded return in 2002....
...It seemed impossible that Sunday could top this. But it nearly did with strong early sets from singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and the Campbell Brothers, who made it feel like Sunday morning in the front pew with an electric mix of gospel and soul played on steel guitars.
Making her Newport debut, [Neko Case] was in fine form, unleashing her sweeping voice to unfurl over the harbor with songs from her new album.
Mostly, though, [Sunday] was especially heavy on the legends. The Del McCoury Band, the festival's only bluegrass act, sang high-lonesome harmonies in their dapper suits, with McCoury's voice still dulcet and nimble at 70. And Arlo Guthrie was as much of a rascal as ever, remembering the stories behind tunes such as "The Motorcycle Song.''" [The Boston Globe]
Pete Seeger has had a busy 90th year. Not only did he headline both nights of Newport, he played both nights of his Clearwater Festival, MSG, Columbia University, Jazz Fest, Beacon High School, and probably something I'm forgetting.
Sunday was the day Deer Tick played Newport Folk. TONIGHT (August 7th) is the night Deer Tick plays a free show in Prospect Park with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Jones Street Station (who were added as first of three on the Brooklyn bill). Deer Tick also has more shows coming up including one on a boat around Manhattan (tix).
Pictures & video from Newport Day One are HERE. The rest of Day Two, below....