Entries in NNewport Folk Festival (3)


Indie acts invade Providence

As team Visible Voice gears up for the Newport Folk Festival, we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight a few Providence shows worthy of your attention.

On Wednesda July 20, Boston-based Marissa Nadler re-visits Providence, bringing both a new record and a full band. Her eerie, gothic folk will ring like a church bell through Aurora. Expect large swaths from her excellent new album and a sizeable crowd. Arrive early if you would like to see the stage, but no doubt Nadler's voice will fill the room. Tickets at the door. 

Next Thursday, Unknown Mortal Orchestra cruise into Providence's Fete Lounge. The band's multi-instrumentalist front man Ruban Nielson could very easily have replicated the sounds (and successes) of their earlier works, but his constant tinkering - and newfound appreciation of synthesizers - made Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar) one of the best records of 2015. The band's danceable disco rhythms belie the complicated subject matter of co-existing in a relationsihp. but something tells me that won't matter on July 28. It will be a party. Get your tickets here

Looking a bit further ahead, Big Thief comes to the Columbus Theatre for an intimate and most likely excellent show. The Brooklyn band's Masterpiece has raced to the top of my Spotify playlist, as singer Adrianne Lenker's lithe voice and personal lyrics weave seamlessly with the band's full breadth. Here's to hearing gems like "Paul" in person. Cop tickets here.  



#ff Newport Folk Festival edition

This week's edition for #ff is all about some of the artists playing Newport Folk that you might not know yet, but need to.

Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons (website)


Spirit Family Reunion (website)


Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (website)


Robert Ellis (website)


Newport Folk 2011 Mixtape

Delta Spirit - The Flood
Gillian Welch - The Way It Goes
Justin Townes Earle - Black Eyed Suzy
Brown Bird - Bottom Of The Bottle
Trampled By Turtles - Wait So Long
The Decemberists - Of Angels And Angels
David Wax Museum - That's Not True
River City Extension - Today, I Feel Like I'm Evolving
M. Ward (featuring Zooey Deschanel - Rave On
Elvis Costello (featuring Emmylou Harris) - Scarlet Tide
Freelance Whales - The Great Estates
The Head And The Heart - Rivers And Roads