Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Newport Folk Festival 2013 Preview

Old Crow Medicine Show

As you’re most likely aware, Saturday and Sunday for the Newport Folk Festival have been completely sold out for months now, long before the line up was revealed. Friday tickets are still available, and I’m surprised since Friday might be the most stacked day of the entire festival with Feist, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Mountain Goats, John McCauley, Amanda Palmer, JD McPherson, Kingsley Flood, and more. Saturday and Sunday are amazing in their own right, with The Avett Brothers, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Shovels and Rope, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, The Lone Bellow, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more on Saturday, while Sunday features Beck, The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy, The Felice Brothers, Beth Orton, Black Prairie, Spirit Family Reunion (last year’s break out band), and more, including the just added Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. The only disappointment I’ve had with the Sunday night headliner slot that has been generally reserved for more classic and traditional artists (Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, The Levon Helm Band) is taken this year by Beck, an artist I discovered in high school. Ugh.

If It’s Too Loud… will be covering the festival. This will be my 7th Newport Folk Festival, 3rd year covering it. As we get closer, I’ll be featuring some of the lesser known bands you’ll want to check out as we get closer. If you’ve ever been, you know one of the best parts is watching a relatively unknown band come out of nowhere and blindside a crowd into infatuation. Hopefully I’ll be able to make sure you catch that band this year. For anyone going, I’d love to hear who you’re looking forward to seeing most.
The Avett Brothers

To check out the full line up and buy tickets for Friday’s show, check out the Newport Folk Festival website. Also, please check out the video of Spirit Family Reunion playing the Sennheiser Stage at the Paste Ruins from last year's festival, for an idea of what to expect this year.

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