Review Roundup: Newport Folk Fest 2010

via Paste Magazine [PHOTOS]
via Rolling Stone

As the sun was setting over Newport Harbor Sunday night, Levon Helm returned to the stage in front of 8,000 fans sprawled to the waterfront docks. The 70-year-old drummer invited a multi-generation group of guests onstage — everyone from Edward Sharpe bandmembers to Ritchie Havens. Helm kicked into Last Waltz singalong “I Shall Be Released” as members of Dawes and the Felice Brothers grinned like kids onstage, swaying while belting the classic refrain. [Read the rest of the review...]

via The Boston Phoenix

Immediately after April came my first experience with the What Cheer? Brigade, a twenty piece art-punk brass band from Providence. Although part of the official Newport bill, their sets sprang up between sets at random across the festival ground; along the parapet that borders the main stage, through the crowds along the waterfront, in the tunnels between the smaller stages. [Read the rest of the review...]

via WERW

I remember reading a review of how boring Horse Feathers’ album Thistled Spring is. Well, if it’s anything like their live performance, and I’m sure it can’t be much different, then that reviewer must have been deaf. Horse Feathers was great. I’m a sucker for strings and banjo, and Justin Ringle’s voice is so distinctly wonderful. [Read the rest of the review...]

via Spin

The festival, which has a rich history of uniting disparate genres of music, featured soul singer Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, 87-year-old country vet Doc Watson, and everything in between. The one common thread: each artist’s sound is celebration of American music, thus qualifying it as “folk,” or “carriers of culture.”
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via Weekly Dig

First of all, Andrew Bird gets major points in my book for riding to Fort Adams on a bike and doing his part in reducing his carbon footprint. (High-five, Andrew Bird!) The enigma that is Andrew Bird made numerous appearances throughout the weekend, as he sat in on sets with Calexico and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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via The Boston Herald

On paper, this year’s Newport Folk Festival seemed one of the least folky fests on the planet: a pop- and rock-heavy lineup, trendy but odd. But live, with a beautifully orchestrated three-stage setup, Newport this year was a diverse jubilation. It proved to be an event both of undeniable hipness and high quality, drawing 8,500 yesterday.

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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