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Newport Folk Festival: Day 1

by Sarah Wardrop
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Laura Fedele

Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival actually ended up being Night 1, given the fact that the festival has never (to my knowledge) gone 'til 9:30pm, but what a way to kick it off: Megafaun, Blitzen Trapper and Wilco. Rain and technical difficulties were on the bill too, but that's just how it goes with live, festival broadcasts! Big props to Blitzen Trapper for making the crowd completely forget the rain storm they'd just been through (wet tambourine and all).

If today was any indication, we're in for a lot of tributes this year, but in the best possible, celebratory way. Megafaun's drummer, Joe Westerlund, was channeling a whole lotta Levon in their cover of The Band's "Look Out Cleveland," and two weeks after Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, Wilco kept that party going with a few Woody tunes, including a beautiful version of "California Stars" featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. This was my first Wilco show and I fully admit, I had no idea of the extent to which Nels, Glenn—all of them—contribute to the whole, unpredictable... whole.

Check out Wilco's setlist and some Day 1 pics below, and tune in to WFUV on Saturday and Sunday from Noon-8pm, as we move on to Day 2 and Day 3!

  • "Christ For President"
  • "Art Of Almost"
  • "I Might"
  • "Poor Places"
  • "Spiders"
  • "Kidsmoke"
  • "Impossible Germany"
  • "Born Alone"
  • "Laminated Cat"
  • "Open Mind"
  • "Handshake Drugs"
  • "Can't Stand It"
  • "Whole Love"
  • "Box Full Of Letters"
  • "Always In Love"
  • "Heavy Metal Drummer"
  • "I'm The Man Who Loves You"
  • "Dawned On Me"
  • "A Shot In the Arm"
  • "California Stars"
  • "Airline To Heaven"
  • "The Late Greats"
  • "Walken"
  • "Hoodoo Voodoo"

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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.
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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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