bringing the sounds of the south to newport folk

work x work & Sonos took our talent live to the grounds of Newport Folk. Throughout the music festival, Call & Response host Adia Victoria taped a special 4-part series in conversation with performing musicians and festival organizers, and in front of a live festival audience.


In these episodes, Adia and her guests explored the black southern roots of folk and Americana music, the importance of representation and the changing landscape of the folk music scene, and what the return of Newport Folk (and live music) meant.

Throughout the festival, Adia conducted interviews with musicians Allison Russell and Margo Price, as well as Newport Folk Director Jay Sweet. Interviews were filmed in front of a live festival audience; episodes in the four part series also include reflections from the festival goers and Adia herself on what the experience felt like after living under pandemic restrictions (and thus, without live music) for more than a year.


On the stage, Allison Russell took to the mic and called Call & Response “one of my favorite podcasts of all time.”


On Saturday at the festival, Allison Russell organized a super group of BIPOC performers to take the stage, led by a surprise appearance from the legendary Chaka Khan. Check out the video above to see highlights from the performance, which features Chaka Khan on stage with Allison Russell, Adia Victoria, and others. For more on what it was like to be a part of this performance, listen to the episode featuring Allison Russell (embedded above.)





Photos of Jay Sweet and Adia Victoria courtesy Boston Concert Photography and Newport Folk.

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