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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 […]

Newport Folk Festival: Alabama Shakes

Newport Folk Festival: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes were probably the most hyped band to step foot on the main stage, Fort, today at Newport Folk Festival. This past year has been nothing but buzz for the band. In fact, it’s really more the past eight months or so. The Alabama natives put out their first EP in November of 2011 […]

Newport Folk Festival: Deer Tick

Newport Folk Festival: Deer Tick

Newport veterans Deer Tick hit the Quad Stage and kept the momentum of the afternoon rolling with a set that set the audience off into frenzy. The packed tent was lined by rows of onlookers and even more fans behind them seated comfortably to enjoy the show with the help of the jumbo screens that […]

Newport Folk Festival: honeyhoney

Newport Folk Festival: honeyhoney

The staff at WERS have been more or less stalking honeyhoney for a few months now. It started at SXSW this past Spring in Austin, Texas, and soon after that, we invited the folk duo for an in-studio performance in Boston. Now we found Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe at the Harbor stage at Newport […]

Newport Folk Festival: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Newport Folk Festival: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Lift your top hat and shake out your black cane; when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band take the stagem you’ll want your tap shoes to be shined and ready to dance. Armed with classic jazz instruments (but spruced with paint and spirit), the band took the main stage this Saturday afternoon to deliver Newport’s famous […]

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 […]

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