Posts Tagged Newport Folk Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
tickets are pretty much sold-out.
there are tons of other acts for the three-day festival.
find out more information at the Newport Folk Festival website
SPOILER: my first negative music review in a long time
Blind Pilot has opened for two of my favorite bands: The Decemberists and The Shins. It is also opening for Dave Matthews Band which makes way more sense to me. I went to a Dave Matthews show about a decade ago to see opener Beck. My galpal and the crowd sang and danced away to the white bread music of Dave Matthews Band [okay, I admit I liked that song “Circle”]. I digress, back to Blind Pilot. It’s a six-piece ensemble with Oregonian band founders Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) plus Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). And we all know that Portland, Oregon is the indie/ cool capital of the United States [Portlandia anyone?]. So this all makes for quite the impressive indie pedigree. Unfortunately I feel that Blind Pilot suffers from drowsy, cliched orchestration and sloggy songwriting. It might be quite the dullest, most vanilla album I’ve heard so far this year, if ever. Reminds me a bit of folksy boy band in its harmonizing. Also a lot like Boston favorites Guster [I don’t understand the appeal]. Blind Pilot is on auto pilot and not particularly memorable. Listen if you have trouble sleeping and want whitewashed dreams.
Label: Expunged Records
PR: In Music We Trust PR
–review by Amy Steele
purchase at Amazon: We Are the Tide
BLIND PILOT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
4/26/12 – Bear Tooth Theatre – Anchorage, AK
5/25/12 – Les Schwab Amphitheater (supporting The Shins) – Bend, OR
5/25/12-5/28/12 – Sasquatch! – George, WA
5/28/12 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater (supporting The Shins) – Salt Lake City, UT
5/29/12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (supporting The Shins) – Morrison, CO
5/31/12 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs (supporting The Shins) – Council Bluffs, IA
6/02/12 – Molson Amphitheatre (supporting Dave Matthews Band) – Toronto, ONT CANADA
6/03/12 – Blossom Music Center (supporting Dave Matthews Band) – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/05/12 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
6/06/12 – The National, Richmond, VA
6/07/12 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
6/07/12-6/10/12 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
7/06/12 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
7/07/12 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
7/08/12 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
7/10/12 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
7/11/12 – Santa Fe Sol – Santa Fe, NM
7/13/12 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX
7/14/12 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
7/15/12 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
7/17/12 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
7/18/12 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
7/20/12-7/22/12 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE
7/23/12 – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen, MI
7/25/12 – The Opera House – Toronto, ONT CANADA
7/26/12 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC CANADA
7/27/12 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
7/28/12 – Newport Folk Festival, – Newport, RI
8/12/12 – Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO
On Saturday, my friend Miriam and I left her house in Lexington, Mass. at 9 am and made great time driving down to Newport until we got hung up in traffic winding through the center of town. This festival’s been going on for decades and I’d think that getting in and getting out would be much more streamlined. There were FOUR buses carting people from the parking lots to the gates. Four buses for around 10K people? That’s ludicrous and poor planning to say the least. We made it through the entrance at 1 pm! It took us two hours to get from our car through the entrance gates. On the way out, it took us 45 minutes to wait for the shuttle and get out of the parking lot.
Newport’s beautiful and it’s a great location for a festival. A delightful ocean breeze wafted through the grounds of Fort Adams State Park. Disappointed I didn’t have a press pass [just a press ticket] because I’d have had better views of many acts. Also I expected the setting to be a combination of Great Woods and Harborlights– tents in front of stages, seats and lawn. Some guy said, of those drifting around off of boats: “it’s like Normandy of Beach Blanket Bingo.” The food highlight for me: vegan soft serve ice cream from Rhode Island’s Like No Udder. Yummy. Oh, and I got a falafel wrap but I’ve had better.
So I missed Sallie Ford and the Sound, unfortunately. I managed to see seven acts on three different stages.
Here’s who I DID manage to see:
–Extremely energetic 12-piece sound with two drummers, a horn section, two violinists and a cellist. Very unique.
–So much fun! Explosive. Zany gypsy punk.
Lead singer, Eugene Hütz, said: I’m from Ukraine and couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Tegan and Sara
— Wonderfully strong acoustic set. Funny quips in between songs too. Very appreciate crowd over on the Quad stage.
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
— Very old time folk.
Devil Makes Three
— Good performers just not my thing. Bluesy, twangy, Gothic, Deep South-style folk.
–Powerhouse vocalist with a lovely voice.
–One of my favorite bands. closed out the day on the Fort stage with an amazingly set including “O, Valencia,” “Calamity Song, “The Rake’s Songs,” “Down by the Water.” impeccable sound & Colin Meloy had an easy-going give and take with the audience.