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Newport Folk Festival: Day 3

by Sarah Wardrop
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Sarah Wardrop

Sometimes it felt like we were paying as much attention to the weather radar as the music, but in the end, there was sun.

Day 3 at Newport had quite a finale: the skies cleared up, and a mutual admiration society of Dawes, Jonathan Wilson, Tom Morello and Sara Watkins held court on the Fort stage with Jackson Browne as their leader, soaking it all up. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" with a Tom Morello solo... Maybe the first time an electric guitar has been played with teeth at Newport? Probably a tie with "These Days" for my highlight of Jackson's set.

Even though Dawes performed yesterday, they seemed to be everywhere today. They joined Conor Oberst in his set, which featured Jim James and First Aid Kit too. Sara Watkins also made the rounds (including a stop at the kids' tent with Chris Thile) and during her own set, brought up Charity Rose Thielen from The Head and the Heart—a band that is a repeat Newport highlight for me. They are just so great live, and to me, they epitomize the festival's spirit of music-making and camaraderie.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires were in fact extraordinary; The Tallest Man on Earth somehow managed to bring a band's worth of power and intensity to his solo acoustic performance; Gary Clark, Jr. might have melted some faces with his (very) electric solos; tUnE-yArDs really just blew minds in an awesome display of audio agility; and Punch Brothers... well a Beck cover was only the beginning. There may be debate about whether Newport is still a "folk" festival, but for folks who are music fans, it's tough to beat.

Congrats to the Newport Folk Fest team and thanks to the NPR Music crew and partner stations for making FUV's broadcast possible. More photos below, and archived sets coming soon!

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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