For three days each July, Fort Adams State Park hosts the annual Newport Folk Festival. Inaugurated in 1959, this festival is a highly anticipated event that draws a loyal following returning year after year. When wandering the grounds and meandering between the four stages, it’s easy to understand the attraction. Whether the stage is graced by a musician for which you are unfamiliar, on the cusp of “breaking out”, to a legendary talent that her name is instantaneously recognizable, you will be drawn in to bide awhile and thoroughly enjoy yourself. The amiable feel permeates the festival; the crowd, the vendors, and the musicians, which in the case of the latter typically includes some surprise collaborations.
For several years, some of the gang at The Revue have been attending this great event, and every year has been filled with surprises. This year was no different, as as we shared our highlights of the 2016 edition. We now share a more fulsome pictorial essay. Given the number of artists and performances we caught, we have divided the posts into two parts.
Artists featured in Part I include caselangveirs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Flight of the Conchords, Ray LaMontagne, The Arcs, Violent Femmes, Brett Dennen, Amy Helm, The Staves, Aoife O’Donovan, Radical Face, Fruit Bats, Raury, Basia Bulat, Amasa Hines, Wild Child, Freakwater, JP Harris, Banditos, The Cactus Blossoms, Ruby Amanfu, Texas Gentlemen & friends, Lady Lamb and John Moreland.
Take a peek and if you were there re-live the magic and rekindle some of the memories. If you were not able to join the festivities, browse through the photos and let them whet your appetite to make the journey next year (July 28th to 30th). Newport Folk Festival should be on everyone’s bucket list, and for us it is now an annual pilgrimmage. We hope the photos explain why.
Words by Dina MacLeod and Ben Yung. Photos by Darren Boucher and Dina MacLeod.
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