Music Festival

The National’s hometown festival Homecoming will return to Smale Park on the Cincinnati waterfront for its second year after one year off (the first one took place in 2018 – find our coverage here), where the band will play two unique sets including High Violet in full in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Today the full lineup for Homecoming 2020 has been revealed featuring a lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe.

2-day General Admission, VIP, and Platinum tickets for Homecoming will be on sale Friday, November 22, 10:00am EST at ntlhomecoming.com.

Homecoming will run alongside MusicNOW, the renowned contemporary music festival founded by Bryce Dessner in 2006, now in its 14th edition. Taking place at venues throughout downtown Cincinnati, MusicNOW will present separately ticketed late night events on May 8 and 9, and a full program of events on Sunday, May 10. The lineup will be announced shortly, and will feature world-class contemporary classical music and beyond, with special exhibitions and talks throughout the festival weekend. Ticketing details for MusicNOW will be announced shortly.

Stay tune for more on the festival coming very soon.

[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 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.

But one thing stayed the same: the festival’s dedication to selecting artists that they are truly passionate about championing and plenty of collaborations and surprises that make Newport Folk Festival one of the best festivals you’ll ever attend.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Day 1 of the festival went down on Friday, July 26th and we kicked off it off with sets from Black Belt Eagle Scout, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Parker Millsap, and Cooks In The Kitchen, who gave us our first big surprise guest of the weekend with an appearance from Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth. From there we caught performances from Warren Waynes, I’m With Her and then saw some of the bigger headlining performances of the festival from Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Sheryl Crow & Brandi Carlile

On the Fort Stage Sheryl Crow brought out Brandi Carlile, who we would catch right after when she performed along with The Highwomen, her new supergroup with Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby, who were making their first-ever live performance at the festival and had everyone at the Quad Stage blown away by what they were witnessing. The live band also includes Shires’ husband Jason Isbell and saw them joined by Yola, who was a perfect extra voice for their performance. Seeing this fantastic performance made you wonder why they weren’t the ones headlining, as the performance from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on the Fort Stage, simply pailed in comparison.

Find a full gallery of photos from Day 1 posted below and stay tuned for coverage from Day 2 & 3.

Black Belt Eagle Scout:

Yola:

Liz Cooper & The Stampede:

Parker Millsap:

Cooks In The Kitchen:

Warren Haynes:

I’m With Her:

Kacey Musgraves:

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:

Sheryl Crow:

The Highwomen:

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band:

Photos by Anthony Mulcahy

Folk duo The Milk Carton Kids headlined this year’s American Roots Music Festival, the 9th edition of the festival which takes place at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York.

Our photographer Anthony Mulcahy was there to capture photos from not only both of their performances earlier in the day outdoors and later at night indoors, but as well as the opening act Amythyst Kiah and various other folk acts that performed outside earlier in the day.

Find a full gallery of photos from all the performances posted in the gallery below.

Bumper Jacksons:

Youth In A Roman Field:

Damn Tall Buildings:

Amythyst Kiah:

The Milk Carton Kids (Outdoors):

The Milk Carton Kids (Indoors):

[Photos / Review]: Governors Ball 2019 – Day 3

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

Nas

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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