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.
The Lone Bellow (photo by Neil Swanson for WFUV)
His live performances and continuing love of collaboration are two in a long list of reasons that Elvis Costello is one of our FUV Essentials, and both were in action in his 2016 Newport Folk Festival performance.
Elvis Costello with Larkin Poe, Glen Hansard and Conor O'Brien (photo by Josh Wool for Newport Folk Festival)
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.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Newport Folk Festival (photo by Adam Kissick/NPR)
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.
Ryan Adams with The Infamous Stringdusters at Newport Folk Festival (photo by Adam Kissick/NPR)
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.
Violent Femmes at Newport Folk Festival (photo by Adam Kissick/NPR)