On Thursday, the Newport Folk Festival announced that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will be returning to the Fort on Sunday, July 28th. The long-running annual festival is set to return to Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park on July 26th-28th.In partnership with The Mockingbird Foundation, the Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on Trey’s behalf to support the music program at Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. Mt. Pleasant is an ethnically diverse learning community where most students are the first of their families to receive formal music education, and NFF’s donation and Mockingbird’s match will be used to purchase musical instruments for their students to play.As Trey notes in a statement,The benefits of music education in the lives of young people are countless and yet music programs in our schools continue to be seriously underfunded. Thankfully, there are organizations like The Mockingbird Foundation that are on the frontlines of this very worthy cause. They have donated over $1.4 million for both musical instruments and supporting staffing of school music departments in all 50 states. The fact that this non-profit organization was founded and funded by the Phish fan community is incredibly inspiring and humbling. THANKS!The announcement does not specify with whom Trey will play at Newport Folk Festival 2019. However, when Trey played the event back in 2008, he delivered a solo acoustic performance. Based on the image shared by the festival, it appears that Anastasio’s 2019 Newport Folk performance will follow suit. You can watch Trey’s 2008 Newport Folk performance below:Trey Anastasio – Newport Folk Festival 2008 – Full Video[Video: Jam & Psych on MV]The historic New England folk festival will include previously announced performances by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Maggie Rodgers, Cedric Burnside, Todd Snider, Gregory Alan Isakov, Haley Heynderickx, Jade Bird, Jeff Tweedy, Mountain Man, Bonny Light Horseman, If I Had A Song and more.Newport, RI’s Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages, food and crafts, two beer and wine gardens, and more. The festival is held rain or shine, so get ready for a weekend stacked full of the finest folk musicians and more.Stay tuned for more artists announcements from Newport Folk Festival as the event draws closer. For more information, head to the festival’s website.
Ahead of the completion of the USC Village, the University has also dedicated itself to other construction efforts on campus.Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, said the new entrance on Jefferson Boulevard, which opened at the beginning of this semester, is a continuation of the work already completed in other areas of campus, all of which move toward a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The vision for this includes enhanced hardscape, landscape and additional trees. “Trousdale Parkway is a primary entry point to campus from Jefferson Boulevard,” Back said. “It is subject to heavy pedestrian and bicycle use from the Hoover-Jefferson intersection. The new entry provides a critical symbolic and aesthetic connection to the new Village at USC, [which is] currently under construction.”The project scope includes new trees, landscaping and hardscape with brick paving, area light fixtures, fencing, gates and new entry markers, according to Back. “The hardscape area of this entry has been expanded significantly to accommodate the increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic that will result at the completion of the Village at USC,” Back said.Kelly Pascual, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she is excited to finally see the new renovations on campus, but admits that getting to class has been more difficult because of all the construction. “It can get annoying having to change the route I’m accustomed to, but it’s been going on for so long I’m used to it at this point,” Pascual said. “Although it can be annoying, it’s exciting to see the progress of these new buildings.” Emeli Castillo, a junior majoring in linguistics and psychology, like most students, has found it difficult to become accustomed to the ongoing construction.“I do think that it’s a great campus expansion that will definitely benefit current and future students; however, it is annoying due to the constant noise that takes place during lectures in the buildings close to the construction,” Castillo said. Jasmin Nunez, a junior majoring in urban studies and planning, worries about the surrounding community and how the construction will impact the neighborhoods around USC.“The University needs to be more sensitive as to how all these expansions affect the surrounding community, especially in a place like downtown Los Angeles where the community is continuously being displaced,” Nunez said. “At the same time, I think it is necessary because of how much alumni want to invest in the University in order to make it as great and as safe as possible.”