Way Over Yonder is a West Coast spinoff of the venerable Newport Folk Festival, and its two-day lineup represents something of a cross-section of modern performers whose music can be very loosely labeled as folk. The festival spotlights familiar faces such as Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne, but Friday night's bill is, refreshingly, headlined by the soaring, star-flecked indie rock of Local Natives and also features the inventively soulful reveries of Moses Sumney, a former L.A. Weekly music-writing intern and one of the few people of color at this traditionally white-bread gathering. Friday's Carousel Stage is headlined by the bluesy San Diego duo Little Hurricane, who come off as alternately mannered and seductive. Saturday culminates with Browne, but the real highlights might be the thunderously restless anthems of Heartless Bastards, the eerily prismatic psychedelic folk of Linda Perhacs and the down-home, countrified melodicism of Leslie Stevens. Also Saturday, Sept. 27.
Fri., Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., 2014
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