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Newport Folk Festival: Of Monsters and Men

Newport Folk Festival: Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men packed the house of the Quad stage late Sunday afternoon in Newport. WERS music director, Kendall Stewart, welcomed the band and the group shuffled about in excitement and coyness to their respective positions on the stage. With not a moment to waste the Icelanders dove head first [...]

Newport Folk Festival: The Head and the Heart

Newport Folk Festival: The Head and the Heart

The cool afternoon breezes made Seattle folk rockers The Head and the Heart feel right at home on the Fort main stage on Sunday. Lead vocalist Josiah Johnson took the stage with guitarist Jonathan Russell, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, bassist Chris Zasche, and drummer Tyler Williams. This was the band’s second year performing at Newport, [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Trampled By Turtles

Newport Folk Festival: Trampled By Turtles

Minnesota band Trampled By Turtles returned to Newport Folk Festival this year to get the crowds up and dancing to their bluegrass tunes. On the Fort stage stood guitarist Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug, Dave Carroll on banjo, Erik Berry on mandolin, and Ryan Young on fiddle. With everyone except for Berry contributing vocals, it felt [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Sara Watkins

Newport Folk Festival: Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins took the Fort stage early on Sunday to get festival-goers excited for the second full day of music, and even gave the crowd a sneak preview of two big acts who would be playing later in the day. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys had whet the audience’s appetite with a short bluegrass gig [...]

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

So the rain cut My Morning Jacket off about ten minutes before their set was scheduled to end, but look at the bright side: Newport folks still got in an entire day of great music, and the weather only turned sour with minutes to go till the end of the day. And My Morning Jacket still [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Iron and Wine

Newport Folk Festival: Iron and Wine

You can’t have Newport Folk Festival without the folk legend-in-the-making Iron and Wine. Frontman Sam Beam returned to Rhode Island once again to play the music Newport fans love to hear. The set started off with the fan favorite “Naked As We Came”, a rather quiet and cozy song that can win over anyone. The [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Blind Pilot

Newport Folk Festival: Blind Pilot

Portland-based folk rockers Blind Pilot trekked all the way from Oregon and took the Harbor stage by storm tonight in Fort Adams. With overcast skies and a looming gloom of potential rain upon us, Blind Pilot sure kept spirits high. The band was introduced by WERS’ own music director, Kendall Stewart; as a long-time fan [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Dawes

Newport Folk Festival: Dawes

The sky had turned from bright and sunny to a discouraging grey as LA’s Dawes took the Fort stage this afternoon, but the main lawn remained dry, barring any repeats of the previous night and allowing for interrupted dancing amongst the audience members. WERS was lucky enough to score an exclusive interview with the band [...]

Newport Folk Festival: Sharon Van Etten

Newport Folk Festival: Sharon Van Etten

It seems right for Sharon Van Etten to join the Newport Folk Festival. Given the slightly moody weather when she went onstage – warm winds, humid air, and clouds that were winking out tiny rain drops every few minutes – it was natural to hear music that has one foot in a wandering sadness and [...]

Newport Folk Festival: First Aid Kit

Newport Folk Festival: First Aid Kit

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit stopped by Newport for a set at the intimate Harbor stage on Saturday afternoon. Johanna and Klara Soderberg garnered a mass of attention from Newport goers and filled the tent beyond capacity long before the two stepped on stage. The crowd, with loud cheers, warmly welcomed the band. The [...]

Emerson College

The Emerson Acappellooza Fundraiser

Come celebrate our school with performances from our own four a cappella groups: Acapellics Anonymous, Noteworthy, Treble Makers, and Achoired Taste. It will be a night filled with school spirit, positive energy, and fun for any person who loves Emerson College. Proceeds will go to Emerson Scholarships and Emerson A cappella. Sponsored by Acappellics Anonymous with The Spirit [...]

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