Saturday, July 31, 2010

Newport Folk Opening Night

Newport Folk 51
Coverage that Counts

Steve Martin opened Newport Folk

All Photos by 5342 Studios

THE LEGEND CONTINUES IN NEWPORT - Friday night was opening night for Newport and the masses did gather in downtown Newport, RI to find the Tennis Hall of Fame packed with folks looking for clean folk and good bluegrass music. The headliner was actor and funny man Steve Martin - a man who has most notably been making his mark these days as one of world's premier banjo players. Seriously, this could have been one of the best bluegrass performances I had ever seen. The set was clearly benefited by Martin's witty storytelling and his jokes - oft used to advance the next track and to introduce us to the other players on stage.

An unbelievable talent: Martin really does it all - and remarkably well. Opening up for Steve Martin and his band (the Steep Canyon Rangers) was the gifted singer-songwriter TIM O'BRIEN. O'Brien actually played on Martin's The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo - a Grammy Award winning record that's a most-have for any bluegrass enthusiasts out there.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Newport Folk Festival 51

Thanks to ridiculously heavy traffic descending out of Boston, we missed opener SARAH JAROSZ - but we anticipate catching her live today as Newport Folk moves to the open water and the hallowed grounds of Fort Adams Park. Good times people. Newport Folk is the best.

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