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Newport Folk Festival: Jonny Corndawg

Newport Folk Festival: Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg drew a huge crowd for his second year at Newport, completely filling the Quad Stage’s several hundred seats as well as several layers surrounding the edges of the tent. Onlookers eagerly edged forward to try and get a closer look at Corndawg for his live set that shocked listeners wide awake better than […]

Newport Folk Festival: Exclusive Dawes Interview

Newport Folk Festival: Exclusive Dawes Interview

It’s Saturday at Newport Folk Festival and who better to chat with than with the WERS favorite Dawes? I sat down for an exclusive interview with Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn, Wylie Gelber and before they hit the main stage this afternoon to hear about their thoughts on Newport, how they perform, and their growing fame. Nina: What’s it […]

Newport Folk Festival: Spirit Family Reunion

Newport Folk Festival: Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion were the second band to play Newport’s Harbor stage this weekend, and even with being so early in the lineup, they delivered a performance I’m sure to be using as a standard for others for the remainder of the festival. The six-piece New York City group induced much hand-clapping during their set […]

Newport Folk Festival: Brown Bird

Newport Folk Festival: Brown Bird

Rhode Island natives David Lamb and Morgan Eve Swain of Brown Bird kicked off the festival at Newport’s Fort Stage early Saturday morning. While this was not Brown Bird’s first time at the festival, it was Lamb and Swain’s great pleasure to be featured on this year’s main stage. “It feels so great that Newport has faith in […]

Newport Folk Festival: Apache Relay

Newport Folk Festival: Apache Relay

The first band to hit the Harbor stage for the weekend, The Apache Relay were greeted by an incredible level of humidity and a full tent of late-morning festival-goers at Fort Adams State Park. The group of “Nomads”– who actually do have a home-base in Nashville, Tennessee– had been out and about in Rhode Island […]

Newport Folk Festival: Wilco

Newport Folk Festival: Wilco

This year’s Newport Folk Festival started things off a little differently. Instead of just featuring two days of constant performances on several stages, fans were treated to an extra Friday night special show on the grounds – a pre-festival concert, if you will – providing a change in a setup that has existed for 53 […]

Remembering Joni Mitchell at Newport Folk Festival

Remembering Joni Mitchell at Newport Folk Festival

That’s right, the folk innovator was herself once a newcomer to the burgeoning scene, and of all venues, at the legendary Newport Folk Festival – the same one we’re bringing news from this weekend. Forty-five years ago this month, she walked on to a less than welcoming audience there, only to leave them mesmerized by […]

This Week In Music History

This Week In Music History

Happy Friday and TGIF! And an interesting one for music history per usual, of course. On July 27, 1979 in Scottsdale, Arizona, an Indian art store owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper was firebombed, resulting in $200,000 worth of destruction to the shop. Cooper, unsurprisingly, had been making some negative remarks regarding disco music (who could blame […]

Newport Folk Festival Coverage

Newport Folk Festival Coverage

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Throwback Thursday: Queen

Throwback Thursday: Queen

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we are celebrating Roger Taylor’s birthday with a set of Queen songs. In early 1970, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor of the band Smile were encouraged by a 24 year old Farrokh Bulsara to change their name to “Queen” following the departure of their bassist, Tim Staffell.  Bulsara […]

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