Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Falcon Ridge at 25

by John Platt
Jake Jacobson

Falcon Ridge isn't Newport. That's both a blessing and a curse. Where the Newport Folk Festival sells out 10,000 tickets instantly, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival draws maybe a third of that. Where Newport attracts headliners like Beck, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Trombone Shorty, Falcon Ridge's headliners are the likes of Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, and Susan Werner. In the last few years Newport has booked hot young bands like The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and David Wax Museum, while Falcon Ridge has missed the boat on them.