Life After Idol: Q-and-A with Erika Van Pelt

The Rhode Island native placed tenth on the eleventh season of American Idol.

Photo Courtesy of Erika Van Pelt. Erika Van Pelt is a Rhode Island native who has flourished in the music scene. She placed tenth on season eleven of American Idol.   How long have you been playing music for? I had a typical church upbringing where I sang in the choir from age four until age twelve. My dad and…

5 Fall Concerts You Should Buy Tickets for Now

Bastille, Modest Mouse, Phoenix and more hit bands are coming to Providence this fall.

Providence isn’t Boston, so when big-name bands come ’round the town, it attracts people like fly strips attract flies (minus the dying part). And there are some great big-name bands coming to town. You’ll want to jump on these bad boys ASAP, before they are sold out and you’re left sitting at home listening to them on Spotify instead. SEPT….

Newport Folk Festival: Sunday Recap and Final Musings

The last day of the festival was a mellow end to the weekend.

Ans a newbie to the Folk Festival, I had no idea what to expect. I pictured people with flowing hair dotted with flowers, chunky beaded necklaces and the scent of patchouli wafting behind them. But the reality was much less niche (though patchouli did have a presence). People walked around in outfits as simple as a shirt and shorts, while…

Newport Folk Festival Recap: Saturday

The Avett Brothers, Robert Ellis, Nikki Lane and other performers beat the wind at Saturday's event at Fort Adams.

Boaters braved the choppy sea to catch Saturday’s lineup at the Fort. Photography by Scott Moran Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange. Devin Byrne, Dan Laurence, Laura Covacs and John Gionis huddle up by the beer tent. Two ships passing in the day. Robert Ellis. Nikki Lane. Lydia gets a henna tattoo. Devon Williams professes her love for the Newport Folk…

Newport Folk Festival Recap: Friday

See snapshots from Friday's Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams, which featured music by Shovels and Rope, Regina Spektor and Fleet Foxes.

Other performers, including Brent Cobb, Alone and Together and L.A. Salami, played the big stages in Newport.