Chris Funk vs Jim James staring contest (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Chris Funk

The Newport Folk Festival went down in Rhode Island over the weekend with sets from Beck, Father John Misty (who also played Terminal 5), Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (who plays NYC tonight), Phosphorescent, Feist, Cold Specks, and more. Like we guessed they would, Black Prairie (aka most of the Decemberists except Colin Meloy) joined Colin during his solo set, turning part of the show into a full Decemberists gig. Check out an instagram video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport Folk Fest, along with longer videos from each of their respective sets, below.

In other Newport Folk Fest news, Decemberists/Black Prairie member Chris Funk involved himself in a 25 minute staring contest with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, as you can see above. Chris Funk and Annalisa Tornfelt also sat in with Beck (who played an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge before Newport).

Before Black Prairie return home, they'll stop in NYC tonight (7/29) to play City Winery with Michael Hurley.

Videos and more tour dates below..


Colin Meloy + Black Prairie (aka The Decemberists) - "Down by the Water"

Colin Meloy at Newport Folk Festival

Black Prairie at Newport Folk Festival

Black Prairie is Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen of The Decemberists, with Annalisa Tornfelt and Jon Neufeld.

Black Prairie -- 2013 Tour Dates
July 29 - New York, NY - City Winery (w/Michael Hurley) *
Aug 6 - Portland, OR - Washington Park Summer Festival
Aug 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Folk Festival
Aug 18 - Harrisburg, PA -The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co.
(w/Spirit Family Reunion)
Aug 20 - Roseburg, OR - Music on the Half Shell
Sept 11 - Chicago, IL - City Winery *
Sept 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle *
Sept 14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall * (Matinee Show - doors @ noon)
Sept 15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
Sept 17 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic (w/ Bombadil)
Sept 18 - 19 - Nashville, TN - Americana Music Festival
Sept 20 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
Sept 21 - Kent, OH - the Kent Stage
Sept 22 - Storrs, CT - Town of Mansfield Festival
Oct 19 - Portland, OR // Portland's Indies w/ the Oregon Symphony

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