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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Maybe We’ll Make It

Nashville-based journalist and published author on women in country music, Marissa R. Moss, interviews beloved country music icon, Margo Price about her new memoir of loss, motherhood, the search for artistic freedom and the stories that became songs.

Participant

Margo Price

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

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A Great Collaboration

Artistology is a word Tammy McCrary created that means “the study of an artist.” The entertainment consultant and sibling to Chaka Khan understands the spectrum of the artist’s experience — the highs and lows, power and pain. Tammy, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, former Aerosmith co-manager Keith Garde, and filmmaker, poet, and social activist Michelle Esrick explore the power of connection and love to cross the great divide.

Participants

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Tammy McCrary
Michelle Esrick

Moderator

Keith Garde

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What Would Love Do? — Trauma, Addiction and Healing

Keith Garde, former Aerosmith co-manager and tested entrepreneur with a strong record of success developing brands and Michelle Esrick, filmmaker and social activist, talk with Dopey Podcast host Dave Manheim about trauma, addiction, healing and the journey of recovery.

Participant

Keith Garde
Michelle Esrick

Moderator

Dave Manheim

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A Long Way to Go

Speaking truth to power is common for soulful powerhouses Adia Victoria and Celisse. Their views on a Southern reckoning and the brilliance of Sister Rosetta Tharpe are infectious, yet the duo also enlighten audiences that a change still needs to come.

Participant

Celisse

Moderator

Adia Victoria

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The Working Songwriter LIVE

Joe Pug from The Working Songwriter LIVE podcast and Rising Appalachia explore varying global influences on the band’s music.

Participants

Rising Appalachia

Moderator

Joe Pug

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What’s Going On?

Devon Gilfillian talks with Joe Pug of “The Working Songwriter” Podcast about Marvin Gaye, singing the national anthem for NASCAR and “The Good Life.”

Participant

Devon Gilfillian

Moderator

Joe Pug

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He Be Trying

This year, Cedric Burnside won “Best Traditional Blues Album” for his album I Be Trying at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Burnside’s righteous sound and bruised, unfettered truth guests with Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie) to talk about and play the blues.

Participant

Cedric Burnside

Moderator

Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie

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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 powerhouse singer-songwriter, Adia Victoria.

Participant

Adia Victoria

Moderator

Andrew Bird

Saturday September 10

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“Oh, Napoleon Bonaparte, you’re the cause of my woe.”

Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman of Bonny Light Horseman explore their unique approach to songwriting on Joe Pug‘s podcast, The Working Songwriter.

Participants

Bonny Light Horseman

Moderator

Joe Pug

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Have you been to Electric Lady(land)?

Lee Foster, co-owner and general manager of Jimi Hendrix’s historic Electric Lady Studios in New York City talks with CBS Senior Culture and National Correspondent, Anthony Mason about how he rose from unpaid intern to preserver and protector of one of the most iconic recording studios in the world.

Participant

Lee Foster

Moderator

Anthony Mason

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Dopey Dave Live Podcast with Anders Osborne

Creating 20 albums across 30 years has made Anders Osborne one of New Orleans’ most beloved musical standard bearers. The songwriter and guitarist, whose emotional delivery informs everything he plays, shares how he finds his daily Om with Dopey Podcast host, Dave Manheim.

Participant

Anders Osborne

Moderator

Dave Manheim

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Spirituality and the Spotlight

Park City singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike and Crescent City pillar and charting songwriter Anders Osborne search for spirituality in the pressure of the spotlight.

Participant

Wyatt Pike

Moderator

Anders Osborne

Do You See the Light Around Me?

At 22, singer-songwriter Uwade‘s young life has been a remarkable journey. She has been described as “Indie’s newest and brightest star”, but her academic career is equally impressive, receiving her undergraduate degree from Columbia and a Master’s from Oxford. The vocalist describes her incredible path from Nigeria to North Carolina and aspiring musician to academic wiz.

Participant

Uwade

Moderator

TBD

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Dopey Dave Live Podcast with Langhorne Slim

Isolation helped Langhorne Slim find his breath and a new prolificacy. The singer-songwriter speaks with Dopey Podcast host, Dave Manheim, about giving up booze, struggling to write songs and the pleasure and pain of the creative process.

Participant

Langhorne Slim

Moderator

Dave Manheim

Between the Dark and Light — The Grateful Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg

Join us for a 60-minute slideshow and storytelling about Jay Blakesberg‘s journey photographing the Grateful Dead experience and the magical power behind the songs that have moved and inspired legions of fans and musicians.

Participant

Jay Blakesberg

The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has a way with words, and the musician has a few tricks up his sleeve — he’s also a novelist. Ritter explains how he wove the power of music throughout his latest book “The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All,” a fictional coming of age adventure among lumberjacks in a an Idaho timber town.

Participant

Josh Ritter

Moderator

TBD

Labs and artists are subject to change.