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Conor Oberst w/Dawes Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Music Hall 5-25-14

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Exit the sun parched
stillness into words bound and
words set free into

open space cascading through
honeycombed rail speaking truths

Upside down Mountain
radiates, a deliverance
from flamingo stance

the sound, soft as fuzz, casts spells,
grabs hold with ferocity

   Renga by: Shan

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Conor Oberst Live at Union Transfer Philly 5-21-14

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My alarm clock went off at 6:30am this morning. It does everyday. The only difference today was that I had to get up and go to work with very few hours of sleep and it’s Conor Oberst’s fault. Late nights don’t happen much on work nights anymore.  Or usually when I do go during the weeknights to take some photos and listen to some music I will leave the venue early to ensure that I have enough rest to face the next day. Last night I couldn’t leave early. I couldn’t leave until I knew I heard every song that was going to be played. At most shows I’ve been to, and believe me I have lost count- it could be in the thousands at this point- people start to thin out the crowd around 11:15 or so. It doesn’t matter who is on the stage people start to leave, that’s a fact. Last night this wasn’t the case. The venue was packed and no one was leaving until the bitter end. In fact, the impatient crowd were stomping in unison for the encore with such passion that I thought we may fall through the floor of the bar.

The awesome melodies, the solid, tidy arrangements played by backing band Dawes, and the precision and crispness of the sound at the sold out show at Union Transfer last night was worth all the tiredness and pain I feel today. If you know me, you know that operating on less than 8-9 hours sleep doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t. And I would do it all over again. I got to hear songs that I never thought I would have a chance to hear live again- or ever for that matter (Method Acting and Hit the Switch). Reaching far back into the catalog for some old Bright Eyes and then stretching all the way over the rainbow to songs that were released as early as Tuesday of this week off of his new solo album Upside Down Mountain. Conor Oberst’s collection as expansive and eclectic as it is blended beautifully last night into a bouquet-set-list that didn’t disappoint one bit. A fully animated show completed my week and it was only a wednesday.

I always say that my ideal day should provide something to make me think, something to make me laugh, and something to help me make my own fun. Last night provided all three in one space. I feel grateful to be able to continually blend my love of music and creativity all in one place. Enough about me. To see more photos from the photo set click HEREImage

Impressions of the Newport Folk Festival (An Alphabetical Memoir)

A

is for the Abandoned pair of shoes we found along Thames Street

B

is for the Backstage BBQ going down in a storm . . .

. . . only to rise again! Unplugged but still so powerful

C

is for the Cameras on sticks

D

is for the water Dumping down Ady’s back!

E

is for the solid Everywhere-man Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) who was spotted . . . everywhere!

F

is for the vibrant music playing with the historic Fort Adams as its backdrop

G

is for the Guthrie Family and the celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday

H

is for the Heat and Humidity

I

is for Irie!

J

is for the friendly stranger who strolled over to chat with us, and turned out to be Jackson Browne
(and for the omelette that was named after him)

K

is for all the fun we had with Kristi! And for the beautiful souvenirs she made for us

L

is for the Love of music

M

is for Deer Tick’s explosive cover of Lennon’s “Mother

N

is for, what else! the legendary Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Festivals Foundation that supports it

O

is for Conor Oberst and Friends’ mind-bending performance at Jane Pickens Theater

P

is for the Passageways leading from one stage to the next

Q

is for the lightning Quick entrance by Conor Oberst to join First Aid Kit for “King of the World”

R

is for Rip Roaring amounts of fun and entertainment for days on end

S

is for Jay Sweet. Thank you and the rest of your crew for making the NFF so folking amazing for all of us!

T

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is for the (dog, not deer) Tick that stowed away home with us, only to be discovered and dumped along the way in a parking lot in somewhere in New York state.

U

is for the rumored Unicorn head at the festival that turned up at First Aid Kit’s set (see Kristi’s photo for proof!)

V

is for Ben Brodin’s ethereal Vibraphone at Jane Pickens Theater

W

is for the spectacular Weekend kickoff with Wilco’s “Christ for President”

X

is for the acoustic cover of InXs’ “Never Tear Us Apart” led by Jim James at the Backstage BBQ

Y

is for the countdown to the 2013 NFF. See you next Year!

Z

is for the lack of Zzzzzzz’s, but who cares! We were at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival!

Adieu sweet festival, until we meet again!

View our collection of photos from the 2012 Newport Folk Festival