Gig Picks, Music, Newport Folk Festival, The Revue — July 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

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The first two days of the Newport Folk Festival have been wonderful. It’s the most memorable NFF that I’ve attended. Roger Waters supported by My Morning Jacket, G.E. Smith, and Lucius plus appearances by Amy Helm and Sara Watkins made for a special Day 1. Yesterday’s surprises weren’t as dramatic, although to see Gillian Welsh join The Decemberists along with Brandi Carlisle, Hozier, etc. during “This Land Is Your Land” was a treat.

Now on to Day 3. For those attending, it’s exciting anticipating what NFF could possibly do to top the first two days, yet almost sad to know it is the last day. Well, time to enjoy some music. Here’s the Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide. If you’re going, bring the rain gear. What would a Newport Folk Festival be without rain?

Don’t forget today is a very special day with the Dylan tributes likely to be in full force. Dylan fans will want to get to the Museum early to hear Elijah Wald’s (12:00, Museum) findings and reflections of that the faithful day when a 24-year old Dylan plugged in and went electric at Newport Folk Festival.

In terms of music, below is a list of the acts performing. The names are listed in chronological order. Unfortunately, not all the artists are covered below. The entire lineup can be viewed via the PDF schedule or by artist on the Newport Folk Festival’s website. If you can’t make it out to NFF, visit Newport Folk Radio Station, who will be streaming concerts throughout the day.

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Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

Maybe you want to ease into the final day of the Festival, but a better way, in my humble opinion, is to get an immediate jolt of energy with some blistering music. Boston’s THE BALLROOM THIEVES (11:05, Quad Stage) is the perfect remedy for the exhaustion and lethargy that might be setting in after 2 full days of music and gluttony. Their rock ‘n roll and folk-rock is meant to be heard while standing. It’s music to energize the body…

…which is what the BERKLEE GOSPEL & ROOTS CHOIR (11:30 AM, Fort Stage) will bring on this Sunday morning with their very special and unique show. It’s not just music that will lift you spiritually, but it will have you tapping your toes, clapping your hands, and raising your voice. Audience participation is mandatory…

…as will be the case when THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS (12:10, Harbor Stage) hit the stage. For over 30 years, Bishop Fred Jones and his family have toured across the southern states to share their soaring gospel music. The Bishop no longer leads the show, which is now handled by his youngest daughter Alexis, but the energy and powerful gospel of the Family remains. Over the past ten years, the Family has released a documentary and a handful of albums, including this year’s Live at Mt. Zion. All this work has helped to take gospel music to new heights…

…which is how to describe what JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN (12:40, Fort Stage) have done for jazz. The 28-year old, New Orleans native is one of a handful of young artists taking jazz and applying a modern, hip spin to make it more accessible to a wider range and to younger audiences. Jon Batiste & Stay Human will be showcasing their soul-infused jazz, which has made the classic genre even more lively…

…whereas Brazilian RODRIGO AMARANTE (1:15, Harbor Stage) is creating intimate folk music in the manner of Jose Gonzalez. The multi-instrumentalist originally was taken his vast experiences, including as a member of Brazilian hit band Los Hermanos, to release his debut solo album, Cavalo, in 2013. From his smokey voice to his warm personality, Amarante’s show will feel like one being performed in your living room…

…but NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NEW SWEATS (1:25, Quad Stage) will take you back to small bars and clubs. Although the Colorado-based isn’t gospel based, their soul rock has the same effect, where the audience will be clapping, singing, and dancing. Their forthcoming, eponymous debut album will only further their reputation as one of music’s up-and-coming acts…

…whereas LORD HURON (1:55, Fort Stage) is now looking to cement itself as one of the great bands of the past five years.  Their Americana and indie-folk approach mixed with the lush ’70s LA-scene sound has resulted in the band’s soaring popularity that has only been further validated by a great live show. Their great harmonies and ability to create sing-a-long choruses will have the audience in a jovial mood…

…and more than ready to launch into THE FELICE BROTHERS(2:45, Quad Stage). For better or worse, the Brooklyn-based band will be associated with having their music used for a Dell Computers commercial, but they are so much more. From rock to folk-rock to country-rock, The Felice Brothers are able to create roaring music, and their live shows are high-energy affairs. It’ll make those with familiar with the Rhode Island music scene of local favorites Deer Tick…

…while FIRST AID KIT (3:20, Fort Stage) have further refined their sound where they are now seen as one of the measuring sticks for contemporary indie- / dream-folk. Making their first appearance since 2012 when they performed on the Harbor Stage, First Aid Kit’s show should see a much larger audience, thanks in large part to Stay Gold, their terrific album from 2014. Their indie folk is more percussion-driven than other acts, which adds to the hypnotic sway of their music…

…which is how to describe the brilliance of LAURA MARLING (4:05, Quad Stage). The London-based singer-songwriter has one of the most mesmerizing voices and styles today. Her mellow and lush indie folk and folk-pop is captivating, and her talents have been recognized with several BRIT and NME Awards nominations and victories over the past three years. Following the release of latest album, Short Movie, the accolades should keep coming for the 25-year old…

…as they have for Irish singer-songwriter, HOZIER (4:45, Fort Stage), who has seen a meteoric rise over the past year. Despite his international success. Andrew Hozier-Byrne remains humble. He continues to explore ways to connect with fans, as he did yesterday by performing an intimate, acoustic set with Alana Henderson in the Museum. At the same time, he’s become one of music’s most sought-after acts with soldout shows lined up for the next 8 months. Hozier’s humility is akin to…

…one of indie rock’s living legends, J. MASCIS (5:05, Harbor Stage). The Dinosaur, Jr. member has already carved out a lengthy legacy. He is renowned for his tremendous guitar skills, and he is celebrated for his mastery of several genres (rock, grunge, alt-rock, folk, folk-rock). However, J. Mascis is a musician who prefers to let his music do the talking, like on his terrific Tied to a Star. J. Mascis isn’t just a rocker; he’s one of music’s great treasures…

…which Alejandro Rose-Garcia – a.k.a. SHAKEY GRAVES (5:30, Quad Stage) – is slowly turning into one and already a Newport Folk Festival favorite. Part of it is his affable and down-to-earth personality. The other part is that he takes nothing for granted, putting all his energy into his live shows. Whether he is performing alone on stage with just his guitar and makeshift bass drum or together with drummer (and producer) Chris Boosahda and Aaron Thomas Robinson, who acts as a second guitar, Graves’ tremendous stage presence, engaging personality, and vast skills have captivated and enlivened audiences…

…which definitely will be the case by whomever graces the ’65 REVISITED (6:15, Fort Stage) finale. Rumors are flying around, from Bob Dylan showing up (his guitar is definitely in town – here is Exhibit A) to a host of “A” celebrities. Whoever shows up, this show promises to be one of the most memorable of not just the Festival but likely the entire year.

 

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Photo credit to Michael Panico, who is one of the tallest and nicest guys hanging around Newport Folk Festival.

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