Another successful year for the festival, but questions remain
Ken Shane sits down with newly rediscovered superstar Sixto Rodriguez
Newport Folk Festival 2012 was highly anticipated, and did not disappoint.
Ken Shane recently attended the Rhythm & Roots festival in RI for the first time. He reports on a day of great live music.
Last summer Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings blew away a Newport Folk Festival crowd. Last week they were back in Rhode Island, and Ken Shane was there.
I don’t think it’s boastful to say that I know a little bit about music. I’m old, so I’ve been playing and listening to it for many years. In that context, I think I know a few things about Joni Mitchell. She’s a founding member of what I call my pantheon: a group of artists from various disciplines who have, in my opinion, reached the mountaintop. The membership includes the likes of Pablo Picasso, Sam Shepard, Miles Davis, and Francis Ford Coppola. It’s a tough club to get into. On the other hand, I don’t know a damn thing about ballet. I have very little interest in classical ballet, though I can tolerate modern dance. I once saw a performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and that was memorable, but that’s where my experience ends. So faced with a DVD that combines the music of Joni Mitchell and the choreography of Jean Grand-Maitre and his Alberta Ballet, I had to call in the cavalry. Luckily, I knew just who to call. Nicole Vanasse played …