World Famous Muppets Surprised Newport Crowd This Weekend
It's not every day adults get all excited to see puppets performing live, but the crowd at the Newport Blues Café on Saturday night were thrilled when one of The Muppets took the stage.
Yes, some of the actual Muppets were part of a sold out show at the world class, live music venue, though technically they were not the headliners.
The artist bringing in the crowd was singer/songwriter Tyler Childers, under the fictional character name “Shadrach Boggs." His fans new the fake name when they saw it, sold out the small Newport venue and then got a surprise they presumably never expected.
Partway through Childers' performance, he brought out a very special guest. None other than Floyd Pepper, the puppet bass player from the Electric Mayhem band on The Muppet Show.
Now Floyd Pepper is probably not a Muppet name you know off the top of your head, but you will definitely recognize his fuzzy face.
Pepper played guitar and sang the track "Gonna Get There" while the crowd bobbed and swayed along with the folksy song.
Presumably this was the first time puppets took the stage at this legendary Newport music venue that has seen big name acts like Jackson Browne, Roomful of Blues and Brandi Carlisle.
It wasn't the only surprise performance of the weekend in Newport however.
Connecticut band Goose got Animal of The Muppets to play drums with them at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday afternoon and James Taylor played a last minute fill in set at the famous festival on Friday night after an act got sick last minute and had to bow out.