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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 […]

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 […]

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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