Pardon excessive use of caps lock but: OH MY GOSH GUYS I AM GOING TO NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL. This is a dream come true. I’ve actually had tickets since mid-February but wanted to share when they announced the lineup. When Newport broke the news that Beck is headlining Sunday, July 28, I just couldn’t hold in my excitement anymore.
I’ll be there for Saturday and Sunday, which is kind-of a bummer because Phosphorescent, Hey Marseilles and The Last Bison play on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday are packed with great performers and, overall, I couldn’t be happier.
Who am I excited to see? Well aside from the obvious Avett Brothers, Beck and Andrew Bird (honestly, I wouldn’t shell out money to see their solo concerts, but the thought of them all together makes me giddy), I’m really looking forward to Lord Huron, Michael Kiwanuka and Jim James (Yim Yames).
Shovels & Rope and The Lone Bellow are more visible on my radar; all the songs on Shovels’ album O’ Be Joyful are rootsy and raspy, while The Lone Bellow’s are fuller and more produced (they actually share a producer with the Civil Wars…fingers crossed they won’t also share the same fate).
I’m also antsy to see the Lumineers, Felice Brothers and (my love) Langhorne Slim for the second (and third) times this year. It will be nice to see the Lumineers and Felice Brothers on different stages (Felice opened for Mumford & Sons at the TD Garden. They were definitely out of their element in such a big space and I predict this festival will suit them better.)
My friend Andrew and I are pulling our favorite Newport songs on the playlist below. Keep checking back, as we’ll update it in the next few months.
Until then, here’s Beck covering Woody Guthrie.