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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Newport Folk Festival 2012
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Waiting at @NewportFolkFest with all the other @WFUV fans
Blitzen Trapper brings out the sun at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Friday Evening
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Psychedelic @Wilco at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco - Jeff Tweedy
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Wilco
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Robert Ellis
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Robert Ellis
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Apache Relay
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Team FUV/NPR Music
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Pres Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Pres Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Press Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Press Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Press Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Press Hall Jazz Band
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alabama Shakes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sharon Van Etten
Newport Folk Fest 2012: First Aid Kit
Newport Folk Fest 2012: First Aid Kit
Newport Folk Fest 2012: First Aid Kit
Deer Tick at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Scene
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Dawes
@Dawes gets everybody singing at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Iron & Wine
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Iron & Wine
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Iron & Wine
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Iron & Wine
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Patty Griffin
@PattyGriffin took time between songs to dispel marriage rumors. @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
No better way to end the day than @MyMorningJacket at @NewportFolkFest - by @WFUV
Newport Folk Fest 2012: My Morning Jacket
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Alisa Ali
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Sara Watkins and Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Trampled by Turtles
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Jonathan Wilson
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Jackson Browne with Jonathan Wilson
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Jackson Browne with Jonathan Wilson
Newport Folk Fest 2012: New Multitudes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: New Multitudes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: New Multitudes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: New Multitudes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: New Multitudes
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Charles Bradley
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Bob Boilen
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Gary Clark, Jr.
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: The Head and The Heart
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Conor Oberst & Friends
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Punch Brothers
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Punch Brothers
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Punch Brothers
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Punch Brothers
Newport Folk Fest 2012: Punch Brothers
Newport Folk Fest 2012