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Newport Folk Festival: Tom Morello

Newport Folk Festival: Tom Morello

With his signature black and red cap and dark aviator shades mysteriously hiding his eyes, Grammy award-winning musician Tom Morello took the Quad stage at Newport Folk Festival this Sunday afternoon to an anxious and loving crowd. Before Morello even showed his face, the audience cheered just when the stage crew was checking his equipment. […]

Newport Folk Festival: Gary Clark Jr.

Newport Folk Festival: Gary Clark Jr.

On-air DJ and Assistant Program Director Ben Holt took the stage introduce and get the crowd excited for Gary Clark Jr., who played a late afternoon set at Newport’s Quad stage on Sunday. The 28-year-old bluesy guitar wizard–  based out of Austin, Texas– has performed at an event at the White House with greats like […]

Newport Folk Festival: Charles Bradley

Newport Folk Festival: Charles Bradley

If there’s anything I love about funk and soul, it’s when the bass and vocals collide. If you stopped by the Fort stage this Sunday to see Charles Bradley, then that’s exactly what you got. His group, The Extraordinaires, started things off with a jamming track the featured all of their instruments: trumpet, saxophone, drums, […]

Newport Folk Festival: Jonathan Wilson

Newport Folk Festival: Jonathan Wilson

WERS Music Director Kendall Stewart had the pleasure of welcoming American musician and producer Jonathan Wilson to the Harbor stage midday Sunday afternoon. Whispers of Wilson’s set were heard all morning long and Wilson took the stage with his band with smiles all around. Last year Wilson debuted his sophomore album, Gentle Spirit, that peaked […]

Newport Folk Festival: New Multitudes

Newport Folk Festival: New Multitudes

Jim James made yet another appearance on the concert ground at Newport the day after playing with his main squeezes in My Morning Jacket, and this time he was with Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker to form the Woody Guthrie tribute New Multitudes, a project initiated by Nora Guthrie, daughter of the man, […]

Newport Folk Festival: Joe Fletcher

Newport Folk Festival: Joe Fletcher

  To start, Joe Fletcher, having grown up in Providence, RI is one of the artists with the closest proximity to Newport this year. He and his band of revolving musicians, The Wrong Reasons, have recorded their albums there and in Pawtucket. It was only inevitable that they would someday score a spot at Newport Folk […]

Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

“In case you were wondering what instrument I’m playing… it’s an acoustic guitar,” chuckled Joel Rafael as he took the Harbor stage early on Sunday. “It’s a daring choice for a festival like this.” Rafael is credited to be the leader in interpreting the work of Woody Guthrie, the famed folk singer whom recently celebrated […]

Newport Folk Festival: The Kossoy Sisters

Newport Folk Festival: The Kossoy Sisters

Newport Folk Festival is all about tradition and family. It isn’t odd to see various artists hopping on stage with one another for a vocal cameo or just to join in on the fun of another band’s sound. Friends are made and kept for many years to come. So having Newport Folk Festival welcome back […]

Newport Folk Festival: Deep Dark Woods

Newport Folk Festival: Deep Dark Woods

The second day of Newport rolled in as the sailboats set out into the soft grey skies over the Harbor on Sunday morning. Canadian alternative country band, Deep Dark Woods, took the Harbor side stage first to ease the audience into their second full day of the festival. Front man Ryan Blodt, guitarist Burke Barlow, […]

Newport Folk Festival: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Newport Folk Festival: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Sunday’s music began with Sleepy Man Banjo Boys on the Fort stage. The weather might have been a little chilly, but kits were flying high in the air as the talented trio took the stage. They delivered that country twang and it started to feel like the ’50s with old time tracks that sounded like […]

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To all WERS Members & Volunteers

THANK YOU! We had an awesome Live Music Week because of you! We exceeded our goal of 1000 donors and we couldn’t have done it without your support! We are working on sending your gifts now and you can expect to have them in 4 to 6 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, […]

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