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Newport Folk Festival: Day 2

by Sarah Wardrop
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Laura Fedele

Day 2 at Newport ended with the song "I'm Amazed", and that's also my reaction to the amount of rain that fell to end the day (although I definitely used different words at the time). Lightning and a serious downpour caused the closing My Morning Jacket set to be cut short, but I have to say, lightning may be the perfect lighting for MMJ. I wonder how far Jim James' voice traveled out over the harbor... Hopefully Levon heard his shout out on "It Makes No Difference"!

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Patty Griffin (pictured above) could probably be heard for miles too. The Shakes delivered a signature non-stop set with live faves "Makin' Me Itch" and "Heavy Chevy", and Patty Griffin nervously stepped onto the main Fort stage solo, but really had nothing to worry about. "Flaming Red", "Heavenly Day", a few new songs, a request for a wedding DJ... and all with that voice.   

I wasn't able to wander away from the Fort stage much, but the couple of City and Colour songs I caught over at the Harbor stage were a definite highlight (and mini meditation) for me. After a crazy line-up of Robert Ellis/Jonny Corndawg/Deer Tick/Sharon Van Etten/Iron & Wine, the Guthrie family took over (and filled) the Quad stage. That family spirit filled the Fort stage too when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band got us all swinging. Blood relation or not—they're musical family—and they dedicated a song to the late "Uncle" Lionel Batiste in case anyone needed proof.

I'm hoping for more spirit and music than rain and lightning tomorrow, but we'll see what the weather gods bring! FUV's Newport Folk Festival coverage starts at Noon and runs 'til 8pm, and Of Monsters and Men, The Head and the Heart, New Multitudes, Charles Bradley, Conor Oberst, and Jackson Browne are all scheduled to perform. In the meantime, check out more pre-rain pics from Day 2 below.

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Waiting at @NewportFolkFest with all the other @WFUV fans
Blitzen Trapper brings out the sun at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
Slightly soggy but still on the air! Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Psychedelic @Wilco at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco - Jeff Tweedy
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Quad stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Quad stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Ready for your closeup, Rita Houston? Photo by Laura Fedele
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson

Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Preservation Hall has helped make Newport Folk what it is for decades. Photo by Laura Fedele
Preservation Hall has helped make Newport Folk what it is for decades. Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Deer Tick at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
@Dawes gets everybody singing at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
@PattyGriffin took time between songs to dispel marriage rumors. @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
No better way to end the day than @MyMorningJacket at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Making public radio just that much cooler. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sitting in with the California guitarist. Photo by Neil Swanson
Sitting in with the California guitarist. Photo by Neil Swanson
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
NPR Music's Bob Boilen, introducing Charles Bradley and NAILING. IT. Photo by Laura Fedele
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
Conor Oberst on the big stage, with Dawes, Jonathan Wilson and Jim James. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Newport Folk Fest 2012