Fruit Bats Newport Folk fEstival

Fruit Bats, an American rock band formed in 1997 in Chicago, Illinois., will perform in Newport, R.I. on Friday, July 22nd at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.

The entire 2016 Newport Folk Festival is being rolled out (almost) daily on their social media accounts, Ruby Amanfu is the 11th act to be announced for the annual festival at Fort Adams State Park.

The 2016 Newport Folk Festival is now sold out and will take place at Fort Adams State Park on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

Fruit Bats Bio

Since the late nineties, Fruit Bats has been the music of Eric D. Johnson. He enjoys bloody marys, major 7th chords, Nashville tuning, Tibetan singing bowls, baseball, and the notion of a possible world peace.

After five Fruit Bats albums Johnson shed the Fruit Bats name as a cleanse of sorts. Grief-stricken after the loss of his wife’s pregnancy he felt the need to to start afresh.  He abandoned the Fruit Bats band name that carried him for 16 years and connected him to stints playing with The Shins and Vetiver and Califone. Instead, Johnson continued pursuing other musical passions. He focused more on scoring films (having already contributed to works like Smashed and Our Idiot Brother) and took time to grow his Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, California.

In the process of grieving, reflecting, and resigning himself to his new realities, Johnson realized how much weight a name can carry and how much of his sense of self was contained in just two small words – Fruit Bats. In 2016 Fruit Bats return and the rebirth parallels Johnson’s resiliency, and Absolute Loser is his treaty on how to redefine oneself after tragedy. Although he maintains that he doesn’t have it all figured out quite yet, Johnson acknowledges that with that self-awareness comes some sort of acceptance.


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