Way Over Yonder Channels Newport Folk Festival in Santa Monica
Newport Folk Festival organizers have just announced that they’re planning on bringing a two-day spin-off event to Santa Monica Pier on October 5th and 6th.
The new festival, currently sporting the catchy title “Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder” or, NFPWOY, as I will refer to it from now on, is set to feature performances from modern folk icons, Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Calexico, Brett Dennen, Justin Townes Earle, Hurray For The Riff Raff and The Felice Brothers among others, spread across two separate stages on the Californian seaside wonderland’s pier.
The Newport Folk Festival, though originally established way back when in 1959, having featured iconic performances from the veritable heavy cream of folk music’s already creamier than average crop, including Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash, has experienced a rebirth in recent years, with this year’s event selling out five months in advance.
Despite its illustrious history, however, the festival is probably most famous for Bob Dylan’s legendary 1965 performance, during which he opted for an electric guitar and simultaneously enraged and alienated a million of his hemp-wearing (probably), acoustic-loving mega fans culminating in an almighty synchronized booing session. After that, his career was over. (Oh, wait.)
According to NFPWOY’s official website, attendees can expect an atmosphere akin to Newport Folk’s, with a statement on said website promising the following:
“WAY OVER YONDER brings the same spirit west and will feature two stages on the historic and picturesque Santa Monica Pier, a perfect bookend to Newport Folk’s primary location on the New England shore.”