If anything, the final day of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was even more beautiful than the day before, and Newport Harbor was at the height of its midsummer glory. Arriving early has its benefits, as not only were we able to avoid the traffic that builds up later in the day, we were also treated to an ad hoc performance by What Cheer? Brigade, a 19-piece brass band from nearby Providence that somehow mixes elements of Balkan, Bollywood, Latin, and New Orleans music into a wonderfully uplifting stew. What Cheer?’s job was to wander the grounds over the weekend, turning up here and there, and whenever they did, it was a delight.
Read more: Live Music: Newport Folk Festival 2010, Part Two | Popdose
George Wein started the Newport Folk Festival in 1959, and though economic difficulties caused the festival to close down in 1971, it was revived in 1985, and it’s been running continuously ever since. One of the great joys of the current festival is to see Mr. Wein, who turns 85 in October, in attendance at various performances, still intently focused on the music.
Read more: Live Music: 2010 Newport Folk Festival - Part One | Popdose
Non-Comm is the annual Triple A radio conference hosted by WXPN in Philadelphia, and held at that city’s wonderful venue, World Cafe Live. The conference draws radio programmers from all over the country for a series of panels, seminars, and live music performances over the course of two and a half days. Since most artists are interested in an opportunity to impress radio people, the musical lineup tends to be strong every year, and features artists who would not normally be playing a venue the size of World Cafe Live. Best of all, tickets for most of the Non-Comm events are available to the general public.
Read more: Live Music: 2010 Non-CommVention, Philadelphia, PA | Popdose
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My review of last week’s Wilco show at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ has been posted to Popdose:
“The venerable Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, began life as a legitimate theatre in 1922 before being converted to a movie theatre in 1929. The venue fell on hard times in recent years, was shuttered in 2006, and found new life as a concert hall in 2008. Last week, alt-Americana icons Wilco rode into Montclair for a sold out two-night stand at the Wellmont, and the old place will never be the same.”
To read the entire review, please click here.