Music to My Ears: Folk Yeah!


Hey ya’ll! I’m Vicki: class of 2019, ethnomusicology and applied-math economics double concentrator, and your blogger for the Music to My Ears column. I’ll be writing all about Brown’s diverse and bustling music scene each week, so stay tuned!

Brown was bursting with musical events last weekend. There was a powwow (which was a huuuuuge event, and definitely worth checking out if you come to campus!), Brown Unheard (student musicians set up on the Ruth Simmons quad, with attending students meandering from tent to tent), and finally, the Brown Folk Fest!

Regular readers have heard about the Folk Fest previously because of the Battle of the Bands competition back in March, which decided the opening student performers of each day.

The Folk Fest is a two day festival that runs on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. This year, the Fest brought some big name folk bands to Brown. Friday presented You Won’t and The Whiskey Treaty Roady show, opened by the student band Felt. It was held in the Pembroke Field House in a cozy room strung up with lights.

Saturday kicked off with student bands North of Home and Guyo Sin Pollo, and included bands The Novel Ideas, Chasing Blue, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Shamanic, and Four Bridges. Saturday’s concert was held on the Ruth Simmons quad, and students alternated between chilling on the tarps (it had rained that morning) and checking out vendors (I bought an awesome mini necklace from a RISD student that he described as ‘a caricature of himself if he was a fish’).

Altogether, a total success! Folk yeah.

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