As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we wanted to take a minute to say thank you for supporting our foundation and our festival. You are the reason we do what we do, and for that we are continually grateful. Following tradition, we say goodbye to 2013 with short video tribute to last year’s festival from our pals at SoPa Productions, before turning our focus on Newport Folk 2014. Just a small reminder of the good times we had and the good times ahead. Be safe. Be happy, and we’ll see you in the New Year.
We get to hear some pretty amazing stories when in the company of our founder and living legend George Wein. Here’s a great one about bluesman Robert Pete Williams.
"In the early days of the Folk Festival, we were able to get blues singer Robert Pete Williams to appear on furlough from Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Robert Pete actually arrived a day or two early in Newport. Howlin’ Wolf was also our guest that year and Robert Pete asked Howlin’ Wolf where the ‘colored’ bathrooms were at the festival. Wolf had to explain to Robert Pete that things were a little different up here. Every day you learn about the different lives people live."
The Avett Brothers Perform “Morning Song”
Backstage at the Newport Folk Festival.
This is why we do this.
One year ago, the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island’s Federal Hill reopened its doors after three years of renovation and community assistance. Internationally acclaimed band The Low Anthem was one of the main names behind the venue’s re-launch, hosting a night of music coined as the “Revival.”
Catching up on a few things…
Hurray For The Riff Raff & Spirit Family Reunion at The Sinclair earlier this month. Take a look at upcoming events from our Newport Folk Presents series here.
Wanda Jackson’s enticing and mysterious take on the White Stripes’ “In the Cold, Cold Night,” is the first single from Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White, a new collection due on November 19th. Get an exclusive first listen to the track now.