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Newport Folk Festival

NPR icon Black Prairie, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

by Stephen Thompson

When frontman Colin Meloy put The Decemberists on long-term hiatus to focus on other projects, the remaining members needed their own fresh musical outlet. Fortunately, two musicians were already spending their time with the instrumental roots-folk band Black Prairie. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

NPR icon The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

by Stephen Thompson
Adam Kissick

Led by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band blends showmanship and poignancy. Their songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming punk-bluegrass hybrids. Watch the band encore with "I And Love And You" and hear the full set.

NPR icon The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

by Stephen Thompson
Adam Kissick

The rising Brooklyn folk-pop band infuses its songs with charm, radiant hooks and intense emotions. Formed as a creative outlet for singer Zach Williams as his wife recovered from an accident that nearly paralyzed her, The Lone Bellow performs with a sense of necessity. Hear the band perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.