Dar Williams On The Spirit Of Lilith, Newport Festivals

Folk singer/songwriter Dar Williams prepared for her return stints on both this year's Lilith Tour and the Newport Folk Festival recently with a free performance at New York City's Central Park Summerstage.

After having spent the last five years building up her audience via extensive grass-roots touring, Williams has seen her share of package tours both good and bad.

In an interview with MTV News, Dar confessed how the spirits of Lilith and Newport spoke to her different sides.

"There's no ego stuff going on backstage," Williams said, speaking about the Lilith Festival, "it's really kind of incredible. Everybody's really attuned to creating the best sound situation and making everyone feel comfortable" [500k QuickTime].

"I think I was expecting it to be really fake," she continued, "'cuz

I've been involved with a lot of things that are supposed to be really 'feel good,' and they're not. There are a lot of hostile people doing 'feel good' things [700k QuickTime]. And this was the opposite."

Two weeks before she hooks up with the Lilith Tour in Salt Lake City on August 25, Dar will help launch this year's Newport Folk Festival Road Tour on August 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The contemporary folk tour will also feature appearances from Richard Thompson, Wilco with Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams, Mark Eitzel and Olu Dara.

For those of you wanting to catch up with Dar Williams, this is where she can be found:
  • 8/14 - Charlotte, NC @ BLOCKBUSTER PAVILLION (Newport On The Road)
  • 8/15 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek (Newport Folk Fest On the Road)
  • 8/16 - Park City, UT @ Snow Park Lodge (Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival)
  • 8/19 - Telluride, CO @ The Art Factory
  • 8/22 - Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folk Festival
  • 8/23 - Burgettstown,

    PA @ Starlake Amphitheatre

  • 8/25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Wolf Mountain (Lilith Fair)
  • 8/26 - Boise, ID @ The Idaho Center (Lilith Fair)
  • 8/28 - Calgary, AB @ McMahon Stadium (Lilith Fair)
  • 8/29 - Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium (Lilith Fair)
  • 8/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird (Lilith Fair)
  • 9/4 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
  • 9/5 - Portland, OR @ RoseGarden Amphitheatre
  • 9/6 - Anchorage, AK @ Discovery Theatre
  • 9/30 - Bristol, UK @ Fiddler's
  • 10/2 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan's
  • 10/3 - London @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • 10/5 - Edinburgh @ La Belle Angele
  • 10/6 - Chester, UK @ Telford's Warehouse