Monday, July 29, 2013

folk fest magic

Well, my favorite summer weekend came and went this past weekend- The Newport Folk Festival.  There were so many wonderful acts and despite either the crazy rain or insufferable heat, we still had such a blast.  Their were surprising performances, great energy and beautiful, sincere music all around.  If you want to  hear what all the fuss is about, festival organizer Jay Sweet put together a great list on Spotify:

You can also listen to the whole festival over on NPR Music.

Here are some photos of my favorite acts and a taste of our fun times.

 (commuting to the festival at the fort is best via ferry)
 (Joe Fletcher played over at the Family Tent on the first day, so we caught an intimate performance. One of my favorite things about the festival is you never know where performers will play other shows all over the place).

 (Lots of rain on day 1, but all smile, especially with Old Crow Medicine Show making everyone happy. Their energy and excitement was infectious - they just looked so happy to be playing there!)

 (And the sun did eventually come out...)

 (Inside the sailing museum, there were small workshops and Q&A sessions. We got a text from a friend saying the Avett Brothers were doing one in the morning on the second day, so we high tailed it over there - such a magical, intimate performance).

(and of course they nailed it on the main stage at the end of the day)

(I also really enjoyed Houndmouth from day 2.)

                                      (ran into two of my cousins!)             (heat was intense, but we didn't care)

(The Wheeler Brother kicked off Day 3 with a bang)

(and I didn't expect to have Lord Huron play with such energy, but man, everyone was on their feet)

(The Lumineers came and played in the crowd, and lucky enough, I was standing right by there!)

(boats drop anchor in the harbor to hear the acts on the main stage)

Another beautiful, joyous folk festival - see you next summer, Newport.

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