July 23, 2014: The Newport Folk Festival, where Bob Dylan once shocked the masses by playing -- egads -- electric guitar, is once again firing it up and breaking down expectations. Founded in 1959, this year's festival features headliners Jack White, Ryan Adams, and Mavis Staples, along with dozens of other performers in an eclectic range of styles. Co-founder Pete Seeger, who passed away in January at age 94, would have loved it.
If you can make it out to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, this weekend -- July 25 through 27 -- you'll also see Jeff Tweedy, Nickel Creek, Jimmy Cliff, Band of Horses, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and.... Well, it's a really long list, which you can read below, but there are four stages, and a lot of great artists sure to put on impassioned performances, knowing they are possibly cementing their place in history among the greats who came before, and all that...
Oh, what's really cool too is that you can either ride your bike to the fest, or take a water shuttle (for a mere $10 each way) provided by Newport Harbor Shuttle.
Here's the whole list of artists (subject to change, of course, like if their water taxi can't find a place to tie up, and, like, they drop their amps in the water trying to ferry them over to the stage in a rowboat, or something):
Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sun Kil Moon, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Robert Hunter, The Milk Carton Kids, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Pokey Lafarge, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lake Street Dive, Puss n Boots, Lucero, Reignwolf, Lucius, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Noah Gunderson, Houndmouth, Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Thad & the Get Down Stay Down, Phox, Shakey Graves, Valerie June, Death Vessel, John Reilly & Friends, Hozier, Mandolin Orange, The Haden Triplets, The Lonesome Trio, Tall Tall Trees, The Oh Hellos, Caitlin Rose, Communion, Aoife O-Donovan, Ages and Ages, Willie Watson, Leif Vollebekk, Benjamin Booker, The Deslondes, Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, The Bluegrass Situation, and a daily performance titled "For Pete's Sake," in honor of Pete Seeger.
For more info on the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, go to NewportFolk.org