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Newport Folk Festival: Tickets Secured

Newport Folk Festival logo

Pardon excessive use of caps lock but: OH MY GOSH GUYS I AM GOING TO NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL. This is a dream come true. I’ve actually had tickets since mid-February but wanted to share when they announced the lineup. When Newport broke the news that Beck is headlining Sunday, July 28, I just couldn’t hold in my excitement anymore.

I’ll be there for Saturday and Sunday, which is kind-of a bummer because Phosphorescent, Hey Marseilles and The Last Bison play on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are packed with great performers and, overall, I couldn’t be happier.

Newport Folk Festival 2013 Lineup

Who am I excited to see? Well aside from the obvious Avett Brothers, Beck and Andrew Bird (honestly, I wouldn’t shell out money to see their solo concerts, but the thought of them all together makes me giddy), I’m really looking forward to Lord Huron, Michael Kiwanuka and Jim James (Yim Yames).

Shovels & Rope and The Lone Bellow are more visible on my radar; all the songs on Shovels’ album O’ Be Joyful are rootsy and raspy, while The Lone Bellow’s are fuller and more produced (they actually share a producer with the Civil Wars…fingers crossed they won’t also share the same fate).

I’m also antsy to see the Lumineers, Felice Brothers and (my love) Langhorne Slim for the second (and third) times this year. It will be nice to see the Lumineers and Felice Brothers on different stages (Felice opened for Mumford & Sons at the TD Garden. They were definitely out of their element in such a big space and I predict this festival will suit them better.)

My friend Andrew and I are pulling our favorite Newport songs on the playlist below. Keep checking back, as we’ll update it in the next few months.

Until then, here’s Beck covering Woody Guthrie.

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Langhorne Slim: A Private Serenade

Langhorne Slim @ the Brighton Music Hall (taken by me)

I’ll be honest, my roommate and I sauntered into the Brighton Music Hall tonight already feeling pretty cool- our new apartment is less than a 2 minute walk away and we bought the tickets for Langhorne Slim as a last-minute attempt to procrastinate studying for midterms. We were positioned a little far from the stage, but consoled ourselves by talking through the opener (sorry Last Bison, you were pleasant and imma let you finish, but why did you change your name from Bison to The Last Bison? Are you becoming extinct?) and with pumpkin beer. And we were seeing Langhorne Slim perform! What could be better?

Oh right, when Slim (also known as Sean Scolnickjumped into the crowd TWICE to sing. He didn’t just hum a few words or wait for audience participation, but sang two entire songs. In the throws of an epic encore of “Back to the Wild,” Slim transitioned into a rugged and soulful “Past Life,” gesturing for everyone to huddle in a circle around him on the floor (video credit to “zach22m” who was standing a few people away). Everyone in that room got a private concert and assurance that Langhorne knew each of us from a past life. The spontaneity of seeing this concert in the first place was thrilling, and this unexpected twist was the cinnamon-sugar rim on a fall brew. Do you have any cool concert moments where you were practically touching the main act? (In a non-creepy way of course.) Any experiences of private serenades? I’ve been lucky enough to have a few great memories, one coincidentally when I snapped a picture with Slim at a free concert this summer. However, I was totally unprepared for this moment, making it that much better.

Langhorne Slim @ The Brighton Music Hall 10/24/12

Other concert highlights include an infectious toe-tapping “The Way We Move,” also the name of his 2012 release, the bittersweet “I Love You, But Goodbye,” and even more heart-wrenching “Song for Sid,” a ballad written for Slim’s late grandfather. As quickly as Langhorne Slim can wiggle his tiny hips on stage to raunchy bluegrass chords, he can flip the mood with somber melodies. I guess that’s just the way he moves.

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