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Newport Folk Festival 2018: Highlights

It's hard to name a more special musical experience than the annual Newport Folk Festival. Artists convene from all over the world, whether they're scheduled to perform or not, and they share all four stages with spirit. FUV's Rita Houston and Carmel Holt are longtime veterans of the fest. Below, they share daily highlights of the most exciting moments, some of which we'll share on WFUV.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have had quite the year since they played the 2015 Newport Folk Festival last July. Back then, the rootsy soul band was just getting ready to release its self-titled debut album, which would be vastly well received, thanks in part to a couple of barn-burning performances on late-night TV.

Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Ryan Adams is well on his way to becoming a Newport Folk regular. For his 2016 set, Adams brought along some special guests: the modern bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters and their frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter (and accomplished viral-video kazoo player) Nicki Bluhm.

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Even though Violent Femmes played the Newport Folk Festival midway through a bright summer afternoon, the rock band's new song "I Could Be Anything" made the sunny field feel like a packed pub, where beer has made everyone friends, and revelers bellow out drinking songs with arms thrown across shoulders.