As we get closer to the 2015 Newport Folk Festival, and as more artists are being announced, it's becoming more and more clear that this year is going to be a truly special one. We have some returning regulars like The Decemberists, Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit, Shakey Graves, and Spirit Family Reunion, but the real excitement are some of the artists playing the Fort for the first time. Courtney Barnett was a fantastic early addition, and I've been wishing hard for J Mascis for years. I'm not so secretly hoping he doesn't go for an all acoustic set and he brings a few of his affects pedals with him. Just something about him playing one of his Dinosaur Jr songs acoustic and then hitting a pedal to bring this wall of noise seemingly out of nowhere is just thrilling to me. Last week they announced Tommy Stinson to the line up. I don't know if that makes it more or less likely that The Replacements will end up being announced, but a guy can hope. It's also the time of year that artists start announcing their summer tour line ups, which leads to searching for Newport sized holes. Right now I'm seeing possibilities in Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, and The Devil Makes Three all making return visits. Sure, there are a ton of artists listed that I have never heard of before they were announced at Newport, but I had also never heard of David Wax Museum, Sallie Ford, First Aid Kit, Benjamin Booker, or others before they were announced to be playing. Discovering these artists is half the fun.
Saturday and Sunday are sold out this year, but tickets for Friday are still available. Since Friday includes Tallest Man on Earth, Watkins Family Hour, Calexico, Angel Olsen, and more, you might want to move on those ASAP. You can pick up yours here.