2022 Summit Labs

Thursday September 8

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That’s the Way the World Goes Round

Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Warren Haynes and Newport Folk’s Jay Sweet, explore the lessons left behind by American icon and Grammy Award-winner John Prine — social equality, humor, and keeping your soul intact while navigating the music industry.

Participants

Jason Isbell
Margo Price
Warren Haynes

Moderator

Jay Sweet

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Keepers of the Flame

Veteran concert promoter and impresario, Peter Shapiro and Newport Folk and Jazz Festival’s executive producer, Jay Sweet talk to CBS Senior Culture and National Correspondent, Anthony Mason about the lasting legacy of classic live music venues and the oldest festival in the United States.

Participants

Peter Shapiro
Jay Sweet

Moderator

Anthony Mason

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Live from The Great Room

Andrew Bird’s pioneering Live from The Great Room YouTube series showcases the creative process across a wide spectrum of arts. Watch the live taping of an episode of this livestream featuring Portlandia, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers‘ actor/comic/musician, Fred Armisen.

Participant

Fred Armisen

Moderator

Andrew Bird

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I’ll Take You There

American treasure and icon, Mavis Staples graces our labs with a personal and career spanning conversation with Jay Sweet, who has worked closely with Mavis over the years including producing her legendary and star-studded MAVIS 80 birthday celebrations. Having not only toured the world many times over with her family, The Staple Singers, Mavis has also worked with everyone from Mahalia Jackson to The Band, Prince and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and has been at the epicenter of the music industry for seven decades.

Participant

Mavis Staples

Moderator

Jay Sweet

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Southern Gothic

Raised in a committed Seventh Day Adventist family, Adia Victoria spins dark-hued Southern gothic tales at a recording of Katie Pruitt‘s The Recovering Catholic — a podcast on faith, artistic expression, and identity. The two reconcile their religious upbringings with personal truth and what it means to be spiritual in the modern age.

Participant

Adia Victoria

Moderator

Katie Pruitt

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Shattering the Image

Her prodigious talents as a singer-songwriter, actress, multi-instrumentalist, and spoken word artist shape a prolific career for Celisse. Joined by women’s author and music journalist, Marissa R. Moss, the two redefine the long-standing and stereotypical image of rock’s lead guitarists.

Participant

Celisse

Moderator

Marissa R. Moss

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Her Country

Award-winning Journalist Marissa R. Moss and Nashville singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt discuss how the women of country music became the success they were never supposed to be.

Participant

Katie Pruitt

Moderator

Marissa R. Moss

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Melody for the Roots of Us

Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia combine folk musical traditions with global influences and world culture. The duo explain how music created in the most desolate of places somehow finds its way into urban American households and hearts, alongside grassroots festival organizer, JK McKnight.

Participants

Rising Appalachia

Moderator

JK McKnight

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Soulshine

Warren Haynes is a cornerstone in the American music landscape and is revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. The Grammy Award-winner, whose career includes memberships with Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead, surveys song, soul, and spirit with CBS Senior Culture and National Correspondent, Anthony Mason.

Participant

Warren Haynes

Moderator

Anthony Mason 

Hungry Wolf

As the 80s transitioned to the 90s, so did John Doe when the founding member of punk band X pursued rootsy, rockabilly influences. The troubadour tells Liz Schulte, local punk and ska music expert and host of Rude Awakening on KRCL, how this transition also assisted his transformation from luddite to a new millennia technophile.

Participant

John Doe

Moderator

Liz Schulte

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America the Beautiful?

Hard and resilient on the outside but sweet and compassionate on the inside, Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie has always been a fighter. And like any fighter, he loves a good scrap. The Low Cut Connie frontman invites Adia Victoria to discuss the trials and tribulations of being a songwriter in today’s America.

Participant

Adia Victoria

Moderator

Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie

Friday September 9

Comedy for Musicians, But Everyone is Welcome

Before Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen played drums in the Chicago post-hardcore band Trenchmouth and later became a background drummer in Blue Man Group. The comic talks music, comedy, and timing to anyone who will listen.

Participant

Fred Armisen

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If My Words Did Glow

Songs penned by lyricist, Robert Hunter, are some of the Grateful Dead‘s most vivid and enduring lyrics — celebrated and memorialized at graduations, funerals, as well as campfires and stadium-sized audiences. Josh KaufmanEric D. Johnson and Anaïs Mitchell of Bonny Light Horseman) dissect Hunter’s art and work as well as his contribution to the canon of American music and poetry.

Participants

Bonny Light Horseman

Moderator

Jay Sweet

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The Art of Impact

Raised by an advertising exec and non-profit advocate, JK McKnight is a creative well-versed in the art of impact. The Forecastle founder shares with Newport Folk‘s Jay Sweet how songs can make the world a better place and help people from divergent paths come together.

Participant

JK McKnight

Moderator

Jay Sweet