Newport Festival 2009

Posted by: admin on August 12, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
Filed under: Culture, Events

Patrick Jarenwattananon is updating us with his rundown of the Newport Festival at A Blog Supreme. Two interesting topics to read his thoughts on besides the music — Where Were The Young People At Your Last Concert?, and Can Jazz Be Saved? (Is That A Useful Question?).

In the Where were the Young People…, he writes:

I didn’t think I’d ever see Chicago free jazz at Newport. (More on that act in a later post.) But this band, one of Ken Vandermark’s most approachable, brought distorted, punk-ish backbeats as an anchor. Some younger folks didn’t appreciate it, but there were a lot of heads nodding. Including an old lady standing next to me.

Being that I’m in his hometown I have seen Vandermark play dozens of times with a few of his bands. The majority of those shows haven’t included more than 5 people over 40. I’ve often wondered why that was. Reading this just threw me for a loop. Patrick, come see Powerhouse Sound play in Chicago. You’ll be surprised how many young’n’s are there.

Thanks also for pointing me to the 15 Steps / Take 5 mashup…

More tidbits on the Festival via Jim Macnie’s Lament For A Straight Line (thanks to Accujazz’s Twitter for keeping me updated with hundreds of worthy links to check out).


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  2. Thanks for the shout-out! Hundreds of links? I should probably try to get some work done instead of just providing so many fantastic links.

    Comment by Lucas Gillan (AccuJazz) — August 13, 2009 @ 11:01 am

  3. As long as it shows up in my Google Reader, call it what you will.

    Love the site you guys have. Dig the jazz-by-region channels specifically. Keep it coming and I’ll keep listening.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — August 13, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

  4. Hi Jim — to clarify, there were a good deal of young folks at the Vandermark set. Only a handful I saw leave with apparent confusion. Many others were rocking out. I myself loved it too.

    And as to your invitation to Chicago … that’s already in the works …

    Comment by Patrick Jarenwattananon — August 13, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  5. Vandermark puts together such great bands. One of the most consistent Chicago musicians around, for sure. But I would be lying if I said I’ve never left a Vandermark show confused as to what just happened!

    When you get to town, definitely hit up the Hungry Brain. Great stuff over there every weekend.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — August 14, 2009 @ 8:17 am

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