Monday, July 30, 2012

An Explosive Day at Newport Folk 2012

Newport Folk 2012
Photos by 5342 Studios

Sunday's Stellar Lineup
Fort Adams - Newport, RI

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires

Charles Bradley - Now That I'm Gone

I think there's something to be said for execution. A lot of times in the world of art and music we get a little wrapped up in "vision" and "beauty" but sometimes the part we don't get right is the "getting things done." On Sunday in Newport, The World's Greatest Weekend Music Festival did it's thing again and it did it very, very well. This could have been the best day of music I've experienced in a very long time...

And so a day after the festival rocked with music, rain and thunder - it found a way to "roll" in a whole new way, again shaking with new and classic acts alike. The lineup Fort Adams offered (some folk, some soul, some bluegrass, some anti-folk, some indie - shined once again and the festival planners again successfully closed another epic chapter of this open book. The festival had grown yet again allowing more fans to leave with the memories of a lifetime. That's getting things done.. And this is how it went down..

Tom Morello

Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons

Winners for Sunday not pictured here: Jackson Browne, of course, who added his might to both Tom Morello and Jonathan Wilson's sets. (Mr. Wilson and friends - you can color me impressed. You made a fan in me..) We loved Honey Honey and it's impossible to not enjoy Tallest Man on Earth, The Punch Brothers and Sara Watkins.

For a festival that had much to live up to following last year's absolutely ridiculous Sunday experience, this one was every bit as good. The Quad Stage shined all weekend and as long as you didn't mind not getting a seat, sound was pretty much impossible to beat everywhere you went. Newport is a reminder to us all that great music isn't about the date you are born, it's about your state of mind. Pull up a piece of lawn and enjoy the music history unfold.

Trampled By Turtles

The Head and the Heart

The New Multitudes

the sold out

2012 Coverage:
Friday / Saturday / Sunday

2011 Coverage:
Saturday / Sunday

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