Over the weekend The Newport Folks presented the first ever Way Over Yonder Festival at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. The beach side location, iconic ferris wheel and two breathtaking sunsets provided the perfect backdrop for Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Jonathan Wilson, First Aid Kit, Brett Dennen, The Felice Brothers and more to entertain. There was one main stage with in & out access, short beer lines, unique food options (poke poke!) allowing people to roam freely from one side to the other. Just a short walk to the Carousel building saw acts like Neal Casal, Jenno O and Spirit Family Reunion serenade those lucky enough to squeeze in. As an added bonus fans could ride the carousel for free in between performances. Although attendance was smaller than expected, the Main Stage filled up for the evening performances and the ocean side setting and friendly personnel (security was laid back but present) created a memorable first event for many. The pier is the perfect place for a small outdoor festival in SoCal and the Newport Folks should be applauded for bringing their brand out West. Let’s hope it returns bigger and better next year!
Here’s the photo gallery from the sights this weekend including Neko Case, Conor Oberst (backed by The Felice Brothers and First Aid Kit) and a heavy dose of Jonathan Wilson who welcomed Jackson Browne and Jenny O on Sunday afternoon.