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…

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.