The What Cheer? Brigade is a twenty piece art-punk brass band from Providence, Rhode Island. I’ve said it several times already, but they made the Newport Folk Festival exciting. I spent much of Sunday afternoon tracking them down one by one to get profile shots. Here are nineteen pictures of twenty people responsible for making the Folk Fest a party.
Quick peek at Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings earlier today at the Newport Folk Festival’s Fort Stage. Best performance all weekend? That’s the talk inside the media tent…
The What Cheer? Brigade, pictured in part above, pretty much made the festival for me. They ended the day by leading a parade through the festival grounds with Elvis Perkins at the head. Totally epic. More on them later.
We stayed at a friends house close to the festival ground. What probably would have been a thirty minute walk turned into an hour long car ride due to traffic in downtown Newport and we missed Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ the Newport Folk Festival 2010 from Boston Phoenix on Vimeo.
Quick peek at Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings earlier today at the Newport Folk Festival’s Fort Stage, recorded by Phoenix videographer Pat Howley. Best performance all weekend? That’s the talk inside the media tent…
Phoenix videographer team Addison Post and P. Nick Curran caught Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade out on the Quad stage lawn, providing intermission entertainment between April Smith & The Great Picture Show and Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three. This might have been the tenth What Cheer performance at Newport Folk Fest, proving that while anyone can roll up and bang out a set here by the water, it takes a brass street machine to play all weekend long.
Taking a breather fro the sounds of the 51st annual Newport Folk Festival, here’s a quick roundup of @BostonMusicBlog’s various Twipics from Sunday. Let’s roll ghetto style before the official photos and slideshows get posted later on…
Down below check out sneak peeks at Punch Brothers, Sharon Jones, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, What Cheer? Brigade — posing for Phoenix cameras and in glorious brass intermission action on the Quad lawn — and Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three.
Asking Los Angeles indie-folk band Dawes the tough questions, like the difference between east and west coast festivals, what’s up with the new Laurel Canyon scene and why was Kirsten Dunst at their show at Great Scott a few months ago (that’s so LA). After chatting with the Phoenix in the Fort Adams quad, Dawes threw down one of the best shows of Day 1 at Newport Folk Fest, all while looking sharp.
Music editor Michael Marotta interviews AA Bondy at day one of the Newport Folk Festival.
Videographer Addison Post captured Andrew Bird’s performance with Calexico at the Newport Folk Festival yesterday on the main stage.
The above “hawties” wanted to party. I said, ‘naw gurl, I gotta work.’ So I turned around and took more pictures from the pit on the main stage. Day one of the Boston Phoenix’s Newport Folk Festival experience. Anyway.
Above we see the bassist from O’Death, who looks eerily similar to the late Jay Reatard.
Los Angeles indie-folk dudes Dawes just pulled in a standing ovation, maybe two if you’re being technical, at their show on the Quad stage at Newport Folk Festival. But a greater find was that pretty much every pretty girl here in Newport loves herself some Dawes. Maybe there’s something about that whole Laurel Canyon thing after all.
Checking in from the Newport Folk Festival, where I’m asking the tough questions, like why Dawes brought Kirsten Dunst to Great Scott a few years ago and if anyone recognizes AA Bondy from his days in Verbena. Stay tuned for video interviews with those cats, as well as live footage of O’Death, who have put on the best show of Day 1 so far.
The Phoenix team arrived at 2:55, five minutes before our scheduled interview with A.A. Bondy. None of us knew quite what he looked like, so after wading through a crowd of gangly, flanneled folkies Marrota was fortunate enough to find him. He’s a nice dude, digs festivals. Video to come.
From my periphery during the interview I saw a drummer perched on his throne karate kid style, stalking his high hat ready to strike, across the festival ground in a small covered tent.
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