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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: 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: 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: 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 […]

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