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Newport Folk Festival: Conor Oberst

Newport Folk Festival: Conor Oberst

My expectation for Conor Oberst’s set on Sunday was that the entire audience would be bawling their eyes out to every song as they sung along. But as I glanced around the crowd at the Fort stage, I was surprised to see that everybody appeared dry-eyed and content– no emotional breakdowns here. Known as being […]

Newport Folk Festival: tUnE-yArDs

Newport Folk Festival: tUnE-yArDs

Judging a book by its cover is generally frowned upon; it steals the book’s chance of telling you what the story is about before you even pick it up and read the summary. The downside is that we’re human and almost always make this mistake. The upside is that it isn’t necessarily always bad. Just look at […]

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 […]

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