More Wonderful Acts Added To The Newport Folk Festival Line-Up

The Newport Folk Festival continues its lineup announcements and added even more interesting acts.

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Hitch Your Ride To These Rising Stars

If you have been reading this website for a while, you might recall that a year ago I fell in love with the hip-hop bluegrass group Gangstagrass. Our love affair continued over the weekend at Johnny D’s where they appeared in support of their latest release, American Music.

Gangstagrass

Gangstagrass

Nobody was more surprised than the band when the album debuted at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass chart! They deserve to be known for more than the theme song for the television show Justified, and maybe now they will be!

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Rench

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What Is Hip? Tower Of Power At The Lowell Summer Music Series, That’s What!

Rhythm and Blues favorites Tower of Power will be appearing at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Thursday, July 30! I have not seen them in a long time and they always put on a fun show.

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Rhiannon Giddens’ Powerful Voice Must Be Experienced

Rhiannon Giddens embarked on her first solo tour several months ago. She achieved much success as a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her reputation exploded through a couple of projects in which she participated over the last two years:  the Another Day, Another Time concert, a celebration of the music that inspired the film Inside Llewyn Davis, and The New Basement Tapes, a collaboration that set newly found Bob Dylan lyrics to music.

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon mentioned that this show at the Somerville Theatre was originally billed as a Carolina Chocolate Drops show; I would have seen the show either way, but I am glad it was her show.

Jamie Dick, Malcolm Partson, Jason Sypher, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Rowan Corbett

Jamie Dick, Malcolm Partson, Jason Sypher, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Rowan Corbett

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The Lowell Summer Music Series Announces A Fabulous Doubleheader

What a fabulous co-bill this will be:  John Hiatt & The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio will be appearing at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Thursday, August 27! These are two of my favorite performers and it will be great to see them at one show!

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Entertaining Singer-Songwriter Evening

A New York friend strongly suggested I see Willy Porter perform, going so far as checking on his local dates for me. Accommodating person that I am, since I had a hole in my schedule I decided to see him at Tupelo Music Hall, one of my favorite venues because the audiences are usually extremely respectful of the music.

Willy Porter

Willy Porter

I am glad I did. Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.

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Indie Folk Is Alive And Well

I first saw Gregory Alan Isakov perform at the Newport Folk Festival last summer, and a friend and I have been anxiously awaiting his return to Boston so we could see him in a headlining show. Our patience was rewarded this week at the second of two sold-out shows at The Sinclair!

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Sometimes when an artist wows me at a festival I am slightly disappointed when I see them in a headlining show; this could not be further from the truth with Greg! What a fabulous show (and one of the most respectful audiences I have ever witnessed at a standing venue)!

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Fabulous Jazz Jam At Regattabar

I love jazz generally and knew that Vijay Iyer has a devoted following, so I did not hesitate to see one of his four Regattabar shows last weekend even though I was only slightly familiar with his music.  Saying that I was in awe of the performance is an understatement – he and the rest of his trio are incredible!

Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

The show I attended was the last of the four; if they were tired, it did not seep into their performance which appeared flawless!

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The Extended Play Sessions Host An Up-and-Coming Roots Act

The Extended Play Sessions American Roots Music Television announced that old-timey bluegrassy roots act Laney Jones and the Spirits will be in the studio for a Session on Friday, April 24th at 7 pm. I may be a bit biased since I know this act well, but this Session is one not to be missed!

Laney Jones and the Spirits (Official Poster)

Laney Jones and the Spirits (Official Poster)

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The Newport Folk Festival Line-Up Added Some Great Acts

This week started with a fabulous announcement!  The Newport Folk Festival continues its lineup announcements and added even more interesting acts.

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