Newport Folk Festival Preview
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Saturday July 30
On Saturday, 19 artists light up the Fort Adams stage. Two obvious favorites are Portland-based band The Decemberists and Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara (right), who will be performing an acoustic set.
In addition, don’t miss Gogol Bordello, New York’s legendary Gypsy-punk band. And if you’re looking for something new, check out the Freelance Whales, a group of five who’ve performed their intricate melodies primarily on city streets and subway platforms, but are now taking the stage by storm.
Sunday July 31
Another star on the rise is the duo The Civil Wars – their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, made a splash on iTunes by snagging the top-selling album spot after its release. Further, their album’s title track was featured in full on Grey’s Anatomy.
Lastly, make sure to check out Middle Brother, an impromptu side project of three front men, including John McCauley of Rhode Island’s native Deer Tick. Lyrically introspective and melodically soulful, this side project could easily stand on its own.
Attending the Festival and excited, or just want to explore? Check out more fun content on the Folk Festival’s Tumblr and Twitter. Passes for Saturday are currently sold out, but Sunday passes are still available, so get them while you still can!
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