Re: Newport Folk Fest 2013 --> Sold Out
posted at 2/20/2013 11:32 AM EST
In response to SlimPickensIII's comment:
I'm of two minds as I look over the website. I only recognize two of the performers. Not surprising, because I'm always years behind in everything. But my favorite shows have always been the unexpected. So, this should be great stuff, and yet ....
As I look at the pictures, and the 'look' of all these acts, it screams 'trendy'. Sold out in a flash? Yup, trendy. I absolutely hate trendy. I guess you guys covered some of this in that Mumford thread, but it was too wordy and too deep for this simple mind.
I'm sure I would love the music, if I were to go. But for now I'm in the thick of finally catching up with some 90's trendy bands, so this will have to wait until all the trendy folks have moved on to the next shiney object and I can absorb it minus the crowds. Back to watching 'Mother Love Bone' on youtube for this guy, as I digest the notion of Eddie Vedder as a two-faced back stabber.
I like being two decades behind, I just have to make sure it doesn't slip to three decades, otherwise, fashion being what it is, I'll have resynced with the masses.
There are only a dozen acts on the website as of today ... so what "screams" trendy about them?
The festival's popularity is a "trend" in recent years, because they seem to have expanded the lineups to suit the changing landscape of music ... and evolved. What seems trendy to you is par for the course for others.
My father always used the word "modern" -- maybe the same way you use trendy. He'd call our music "modern" as opposed to popular, or youth-oriented, or whatever -- it was just his word. He'd call everything modern, including clothing styles, furnishings, automobiles, movies, etc. The word was 'modern'; your word is trendy. :)
Insofar as playing catch up with music -- is there really such a thing? It's all there for the taking, whether you ride the wave when it's "new", or come in later, after a band has a bunch of albums to their credit. Makes no difference. I always say that (lately, especially), I like to "kick the tires" for a while before I invest in some music -- other music, I seem to know right away it has my name on it. Either way, if you're pursuing and discovering music that you like, that's a good thing, and has nothing to do with what decade it's from.