I’ve been to the Newport Folk Festival 4 of the last 5 years now. It’s my favorite concert of the year every year hands down. No one has ever rocked the main stage like Jack White did this year. Thank you NFF, thank you Jack!
We play Huichica Music Festival • Gundlach Bundschu Winery JUNE 9-10 with…
DEAN WAREHAM (plays GALAXIE 500)
FRED & TOODY (of DEAD MOON)
MATTSON 2 (play A LOVE SUPREME)
ONCE & FUTURE BAND
TARA JANE O'NIEL
M ROSS PERKINS
OMAR VALESCO & THE MOTHER TONGUES
TICKETS on sale this Saturday Feb 25th at
Huichica.com & folkyeah.com
Mystic Braves @ The Chapel (San Francisco, CA) 12/27/14.
Mystic Braves took the stage to warm response the other night, as they cooly strolled out and started tweaking their instruments. Right before they started playing someone handed organ player Ignacio a fat joint, he hit it a few times and created a cloud of smoke surrounding the stage, he then kindly handed it back to the crowd and I somehow got my little paws on it which is always nice. As soon as they played their first note, the place erupted! People just grooving out left and right, beautiful girls with fur jackets and cool hats. As a young kid always dreaming of growing up in the 60’s, shows like these will be the closet we’ll get! They played a variety of their older tunes and some new material from their stellar LP Desert Island. I’ve Been to a lot of shows this year, and this one was definitely right up there at the top! We want to give a big “Outlaw” thanks to Folk Yeah Events for putting together so many amazing bands all packed into one night. Burger and Lolipop records for being the raddest record labels out there, and to the bands, Pearl Charles and The Pipes Canyon Band, Electric Magpie, The Abigails and Mystic Braves who blew everyone’s minds away and DJ Midnight who was keeping things v groovy in between sets. And to Mad Alchemy for putting on by far the trippiest visuals out there!
As the late Abraham Lincoln once said “If I’m not on social media, tis ‘cause I am doing good things”. Something that was certainly true for me this weekend at the Newport Folk Fest. Three incredible days of music, friendship, hard work, laughter and a whole collection of tintypes that I’m extremely proud of.
I really can’t thank the people who made this happen enough, my assistants Laura and Allison, Jessica and your fantastic Squarespace crew and Squarespace itself for giving me the studio of my dreams and the weekend of a lifetime. And of course the Newport Folk Fest, I’ve been to a lot of shows but this one completely set the bar for what a festival should be, a temporary community of love and fellowship.
Musicians, I love ya’ll. Thank you for taking the time to come into my studio and sharing your stories of the road. As someone who’s spent the past six months on the road I feel like perhaps you understand the same joys and fears that I do hurtling around this great land in your busses, vans and airplanes (for you big time bastards).
Here are just a few of my favorite images from the weekend. A full gallery goes up tonight.