This year George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival turned 51 years old. For me, it was full of the old and the new. Old favorite artists and returning acts like The Felice Brothers, Yim Yames, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Avett Brothers (who graduated to the BIG stage) powerhouse Brandi Carlile, Calexico and the amazing John Prine – whose music seems destined to be played at this festival with the amazing scenery and vibe. His set was timed perfectly with the sunset. The crowd as a whole seemed more subdued most of the time than in year’s past, in my opinion.
The smaller stages were just as powerful musically and with some great surprises and discoveries for me.. I loved Dawes, Horse Feathers and David Wax Museum were new discoveries for me. First timers at the festival – but near and dear to WFUV included Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cory Chisel, locals The Low Anthem and many more all had great sets that left everyone wanting more. Although we missed Justin Townes Earle, Elvis Perkins in Dearland fit the bill just fine. And this was the first time I ever saw the Swell Season. Great energetic set.
And I could watch the Levon Helm Band over and over again. It means a lot more when the person on stage looks as happy and appreciative making the music as you are to be listening to it… Thank you, Levon and friends..
The Providence-based “What Cheer” marching band was a lot of fun and even got a parade going round the festival grounds at some point. A great spontaneous and energetic addition.
WFUV was there in full force – broadcasting live both day with NPR Music and supplying festival goers with the summer essentials (like anti-bacterial gel, lip balm, kites and fans), Team FUV was also there in the FUV booth. Thanks to all that came by to hang out and share the FUV LUV.
Long-story short – missed as much as I saw. Loved it all.. The summer wouldn’t be complete without Newport. Thanks George Wein. See you for #52!
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