Gibson sponsored Newport Folk Festival held last weekend, JVC Jazz Festival to be this weekend.
Blue skies, crystal clear waters and amazing music describe last week''s Newport Folk Festival, sponsored by Gibson Acoustic at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Held annually since 1959, this folk-oriented music festival is a marquee performance event that has celebrated the careers of many established performers and helped launch the careers of many others. This year''s lineup included Brian Wilson, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen and Damian Marley, Trey Anastasio, the Cowboy Junkies, the Black Crowes, Brandi Carlile, Jakob Dylan and Levon Helm.
The JVC Jazz Festival-Newport will be held next week, featuring Aretha Franklin, Chris Botti, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. The event will kick off with an evening concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, followed by two full days of jazz on three stages at Fort Adams State Park.
NPR has made audio clips of last weekend''s Folk Festival performances available at npr.org/music. Jazz Festival audio will be streamed live and archived as recorded webcasts next weekend.
With acoustic guitars serving as the backbone of the Folk Festival, it''s only appropriate that an acoustic guitar maker was involved as a sponsor. Gibson Acoustic was the official guitar of the festival and sponsored many on-site events, including talent showcases. The Gibson Bus served as a backdrop for the Harbor stage and some of the performers even called it home for the weekend. The Gibson Acoustic trailer, positioned on the grounds of the festival, gave guests the chance to perform at Open Mic/Jam Sessions and experience the latest Gibson Acoustic models.
Our friends from Gibson have passed along some photos from the Folk Festival:
|Gillian Welch has earned widespread acclaim for her resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century.||Alongside Grammy winner Levon Helms, musician Jimmy Vivino rocked out to record-setting crowds with his Gibson Les Paul on the festival''s main stage.|
|Black Crowes guitarist Audrey Freed played with Jakob Dylan||Stephen Marley, the second son of Bob Marley, performed to enthusiastic crowds.|
|Guests enjoy the exclusive Gibson Acoustic trailer on site.||Blues legend Sammy Davis made a surprise appearance and performed with support from guitarist Larry Campbell.|
All photo credits: Tom Galloway
For more information on Gibson Acoustic go to www.gibson.com
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Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
LegendaryTones, LLC today announced production availability of its new Mr. Scary Mod, a 100% pure tube module designed to instantly and easily expand the capabilities of many classic amplifiers with additional gain and tone shaping. Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
Originally released as the Lynch Mod in February 2021, the updated Mr. Scary Mod features the same core circuit as the Lynch Mod but is now equipped with a revised tube mix combo per George’s preference as well as a facelift in a newly redesigned electro-galvanized steel enclosure. As with the Lynch Mod, each run will be limited and the first run in Pumpkin Orange with Black hardware is limited to just 150 pieces worldwide.
The Mr. Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage on top of the cathode follower position, keeping note definition and articulation while further increasing sustain. Each Mr. Scary mod is meticulously built by hand in the USA, one at a time, and tuned using high-grade components. Equipped with a single ECC81 (12AT7) in the first position and ECC83 (12AX7) in the second, the Mr. Scary Mod can clean up beautifully when rolling down your guitar’s volume, and still adds scorching gain when you roll it back up. This is a gain stage that’s been tuned and approved by the ears of the maestro George Lynch himself.
“The Mr. Scary Mod excels with dynamics and is incredibly touch-responsive, allowing me to shift from playing clear, lightly compressed cleans to full-out aggressive sustain and distortion –and control it all simply by varying my guitar’s volume control and picking,” said GeorgeLynch. “In many ways, it’s an old-school approach, but it’s also so much more natural and expressive in addition to being musically fulfilling when you can play both the guitar and amp dynamically together this way.”
The Mr. Scary Mod installs in minutes, is safe and effective to use, and requires no special tools or re-biasing of the amplifier. Simply insert the module into the cathode follower preamp position of compatible amplifiers (includes Marshall 2203/2204/1959/1987 circuits) and
immediately get the benefit of enjoying a hot-rodded amp that delivers all the pure harmonic character that comes with an added pure tube gain stage. The handmade in the USA Mr. Scary Mod is now available to order for $319.
For more information, please visit legendarytones.com.
October Audio has miniaturized their NVMBR Gain pedal to create two mini versions of this beautifully organic-sounding circuit – including an always-on gain device.
The NVMBR Gain is a nonlinear amp that transitions gracefully from clean boost to overdriven tones. Volume increases from just over unity to about 10db before soft-clipping drive appears for another 5db of boost. Its extraordinary ease of use is matched by outstanding versatility: you can use it as a clean boost, push a stubborn amp into overdrive or create a just-breaking-up sound at any amp volume.
October Audio’s new family of mini NVMBR Gain pedals includes a switchable version that allows you to bypass the effect: one option features brand logo pedal graphics, while the other sports a fun “Witch Finger” graphic with a Davies knob as the“fingernail”.
The second version in the new lineup is an always-on device featuring the Witch Finger graphic and Davies knob, with the same NVMBR Gain circuit that lies at the core of the switchable version.
- Knob controls gain and clipping simultaneously
- Stunning silver hammertone finish
- Switchable versions are true-bypass, available with classic or witch finger graphics
- Authentic Davies knobs, including the “fingernail”
- 9V center negative power supply required
- Dimensions: 3.63 x 1.50 x 1.88 in
Witch Finger (always on NVMBR Gain) demo
All October Audio pedals are assembled in Richmond, VA, and available for purchase directly through the online shop. Street price is $109 for NVMBR Gain footswitch versions and $89 for the always-on device.
For more information, please visit octoberaudio.com.