Music Festival Recap

[Recap]: Woodsist Festival 2019

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2019

Whitney with Kevin Morby and Hand Habits

The 2019 edition of the Woodsist Festival took place on Saturday, September 28th at Arrowood Farm upstate in Accord, New York, a perfectly ideal situation for a lovely day of music. The surrounding of the farm and brewery was a perfect situation for the fall weather, giving fans one of their last chances to enjoy a day of live music outdoors. The day was set up to showcase some of the closest friends of the Woodsist label, with headlining sets from friends and former acts of theirs such as Whitney, Real Estate, along with Woods themselves, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, and many more.
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[Recap]: Sea.Hear.Now 2019 – Day 2

By Brian Berson, October 16th 2019

Dave Matthews Band

Article and Photos by Brian Berson

Blessed with beautiful weather on day two of Sea Hear Now for another amazing day of music on the beach (find our recap of Day 1 here). Kicking off the day was Dave Hause and The Mermaid, a great rock band from Philadelphia. Frontman Dave Hause writes catchy tunes that are instantly memorable and everyone knew we were in for a great day. Ripe, a rockin’ and funky jam band got the crowd dancing in the sand. This group showed their fun side as all of their members danced as much as the audience.
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[Recap]: Sea.Hear.Now 2019 – Day 1

By Brian Berson, October 14th 2019 — with 1 comment

The Struts
Article + Photos by Brian Berson

Back in the sand for the second annual Sea.Hear.Now music festival with a crowd of over 37,000 impressively about doubled last year’s attendance. This family-friendly event takes place on a perfectly chosen beach of the seaside town, Asbury Park in New Jersey, a town built on music. Last year’s festival set the bar high, and it’s no surprise that Danny Clinch and company met and exceeded that from the moment the gates opened.

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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2019 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, August 6th 2019 — with 1 comment

Jim James and Kermit

Following a Newport Folk Festival finale for the ages in Day 2, it was a lingering question all day about how they could possibly match The Collaboration, a female-led set curated by Brandi Carlile featuring tons of surprise appearances, mainly from the legendary Dolly Parton. But with Newport, you always know you’re going to get something special and Day 3 delivered in ways equally surprising and heartfelt and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

J.S. Ondara

Our day began with a breathtaking performance from J.S. Ondara, who blew everyone in the audience away, including us. It was a high point of the day, followed up by sets from Lake Street Dive, Courtney Marie Andrews and Our Native Daughters. We then had a few minutes to take some portraits behind the scenes with Dawes and then caught a solo performance from Trey Anastasio of Phish on the Fort Stage.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2019 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, August 5th 2019 — with 1 comment

Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile

Following Day 1, we returned to The Fort for another action-packed day at the Newport Folk Festival.

The day kicked off with sets from Haley Heynderickx, the collaborative set Songs For Beginners, as well as local New York rockers The Nude Party and Britain’s Jade Bird. From there we caught a lovely performance from Gregory Alan Isakov, before catching Rayland Baxter at the Quad Stage before heading over to the Fort Stage for Maggie Rogers, who brought a bit of pop to the festival.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2019 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, August 5th 2019 — with 2 comments

The Highwomen

Summer 2019 has absolutely flown by, but if there’s one silver-lining about the seemingly straight shot through the summer months, it’s the arrival of the Newport Folk Festival. This year featured one of the more interesting lineups of the festival yet, which felt a lot different than previous years.
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[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 3

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2019 — with 1 comment


It sadly seems like it wouldn’t be a Governors Ball without a bit of rain. Although we lucked out with great weather during Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, we weren’t quite as lucky on Day 3, with forcast calling for a storm during the start of the evening. So the festival delayed gates till 6:30 pm and sadly had to cut a good chunk of the artists from early in the day.
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[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2019 — with 2 comments

Florence + The Machine

Following the first day of Governors Ball 2019, we headed back to Randall’s Island Park for Day 2, which began with a set from the young rockers of Calpurnia, led by actor Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things. Following their set, we caught up with New York rockers Sunflower Bean, who had the hometown going strong, not always an easy feat during such an early timeslot of the festival.

Kacey Musgraves

We then caught a firey performance from Denzel Curry, before catching a set from reigning Best Album Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves over at the main stage. It was then off to see King Princess, who we just caught at Irving Plaza earlier in the year (as well as Boston Calling a few weeks ago). We kept the energy going with sets from Vince Staples and Lord Huron and then it was time for the headlining performance from Florence + The Machine on the main stage.
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[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2019 — with 6 comments


For concertgoers in New York, the arrival of June means one thing: Governors Ball. The festival returned for its 9th year (and it’s 8th at Randall’s Island). This was my 8th straight year covering the festival and we were excited to see what this year brought us with its lineup of acts across all genres.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Our day began with Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who released one of our favorite albums of 2018. They got the day going in style and handed things off Hippo Campus who put on a fun showing inside the tent stage.
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