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Newport Folk Fest: Live Sets

by Laura Fedele
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Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Conor Oberst by Laura Fedele

We never miss a Newport Folk Festival. Every year there are favorites and surprises, and the unbelievably beautiful setting puts everyone in the best frame of mind.

That means some of the most memorable live performances ever have come out of Newport, and thanks to our teammates at FUV Music, you can hear them on demand.

Live sets from Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley and many more are waiting for you on the NPR Music Newport Folk Festival page.

Photos of the best moments are below. Get day-by-day descriptions and more from Team FUV here. Thanks to all our friends who came by the WFUV booth to say hello, we'll see you again next year!

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Team FUV and NPR Music are thrilled to be there for the whole shebang, and we're putting it online and on the radio for you.
George Wein.
Waiting at @NewportFolkFest with all the other @WFUV fans
Blitzen Trapper brings out the sun at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
The annual 'folk' fest kicks off early - Friday evening- with Blitzen Trapper. Photo by Laura Fedele
Slightly soggy but still on the air! Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
Psychedelic @Wilco at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco - Jeff Tweedy
Friday night on the big stage. So, so good. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
A beautiful Saturday morning. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Quad stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Quad stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Opening the Harbor stage on Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Ready for your closeup, Rita Houston? Photo by Laura Fedele
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson

Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson.
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Music and shopping abound. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Neil Swanson
Preservation Hall has helped make Newport Folk what it is for decades. Photo by Laura Fedele
Preservation Hall has helped make Newport Folk what it is for decades. Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Neil Swanson
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
A set not to be missed, on the main Fort stage Saturday afternoon. 

Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Quad stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Deer Tick at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Huge fun on the Fort stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
@Dawes gets everybody singing at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
A cool and experimental set on the Quad stage, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Debuting some new songs along with older favorites, on the Fort stage Saturday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
@PattyGriffin took time between songs to dispel marriage rumors. @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
No better way to end the day than @MyMorningJacket at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Closing out the Fort stage on Saturday, cut a little short by rain. Photo by Laura Fedele
Making public radio just that much cooler. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sara Watkins brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart and Jackson Browne. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
These guys play SO hard. Fort stage, Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Harbor stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
Sitting in with the California guitarist. Photo by Neil Swanson
Sitting in with the California guitarist. Photo by Neil Swanson
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
Yim Yames (Jim James), Jay Farrar, Anders Parker. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
On the Fort stage Sunday afternoon. Photo by Laura Fedele
NPR Music's Bob Boilen, introducing Charles Bradley and NAILING. IT. Photo by Laura Fedele
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
At the Quad stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Neil Swanson
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
A joyful Sunday set. Photo by Laura Fedele
Conor Oberst on the big stage, with Dawes, Jonathan Wilson and Jim James. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Closing the Quad stage on Sunday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Newport Folk Fest 2012

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