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Newport Folk 2014: Sunday

Fine, we were due for a little rain, but it's not stopping Team FUV, here in Newport with our friends from NPR Music. We're uploading music from the main stage, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. Photos of all the action are going onto our Flickr stream and in the gallery below.

On the Fort Stage Sunday: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Ages and Ages, The Berklee Gospel Choir

Of course we had to head over to the Harbor Stage to see some of that fine Hozier fella (with special guests), and get our guitar groove on with Rodrigo y Gabriela on the Quad Stage. And speaking of special guests, the turnout for Mavis Staples' 75th birthday is going to be the talk of the festival for years to come!

Newport Folk 2014: Saturday

A beautiful Saturday in the park on the water, and Team FUV is here with our friends from NPR Music to upload music from the main stage, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. Photos of all the action are going onto our Flickr stream and in the gallery below. We'll keep this page updated as we go.

On the Fort Stage Saturday: Nickel Creek, Deer Tick, Shovels & Rope, Pokey LaFarge, Aoife O'Donovan

There were a couple of surprises on the Quad stage, including Austin big band The Oh Hellos, who had the place jumpin', and New Orleans guitar dynamo Benjamin Booker. Shakey Graves shook the Harbor Stage, another fine Austin representative. More to come!

Newport Folk 2014: Friday

Team FUV is back at Fort Adams State Park to transmit molecules of music and pixels of photos across the interwebs back to New York. Friday was an absolutely beautiful day, weather-wise and otherwise. We're here with our friends from NPR Music to send home audio of the main stage sets, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. We'll keep this page updated as we go.

On the Fort Stage Friday: Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Devil Makes Three, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

We also got to run around and enjoy sets from the other three stages, with highlights from Wisconsin's Phox, our hometown friends Lake Street Dive - who brought their friend Mavis Staples out to sing "Bad Self-Portraits" - and the great Communion Records showcase on the (indoor!) Museum Stage, which included Hozier, Willy Mason and Bear's Den. See the photo gallery below for the emotion, the sweat and tears, the colorful festy getups, and a really cute dog named Annie.

Rita's Preview: Newport Folk Festival 2014

Three solid days of live performance and music discovery await us at the venerable Newport Folk Festival. The high-quality lineup — in the most beautiful setting — is what sets Newport apart on the ever-growing festival landscape. This year, the announced artists were great even before they added the big headliner names (Ryan Adams, Jack White, Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy) — imagine, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Jenny Lewis and Jimmy Cliff all playing in the same weekend! Amazing, and we can expect collaborations for sure. Making it all even more special, Newport will honor the mighty Mavis Staples for her 75th birthday to close out the festival on Sunday evening, and I bet Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy (and who knows who else) will be joining in that celebration. No one will be leaving Newport early.

To focus for a bit on the discovery element, for those many fans who'll be at Fort Adams this year, here are some must-see artists from my list who you may not yet be familiar with:

Friday: Phox - A new band from Wisconsin fronted by a completely engaging lead singer, and Lake Street Dive - FUV faves who are capturing more fans with each appearance.

Saturday:  Check out Willie Watson for straight up, old-fashioned country sounds and J Roddy and the Business for some driving "classic" rock; welcome Shakey Graves, a one-man band from Austin, where you've got to be really good to stand out; Lucius - New York's own highly entertaining and accomplished band bringing their harmonies to the harbor skies; and Benjamin Booker - a punky young guy from New Orleans, another place it can't be easy to make a name for yourself.

Sunday: Catch the unforgettable voice of Hozier - a poetic, powerful new artist from Ireland; and give a listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff's quirky folky sounds.