I look forward to the Newport Folk Festival all year. It’s a weekend filled with unforgettable moments, inspiring new discoveries (Lord Huron, Bombino, Hurray For the Riff Raff) and collaborations you won’t see anywhere else (Beck and Ramblin Jack Elliott!) in a setting that can’t be beat. A few of my highlights from this year include being just inches away from The Lumineers during an impromptu performance among the crowd, checking out Jim James’ one-of-a-kind dance moves from above the stage with my daughter Evangeline (perhaps his youngest superfan), watching Phosphorescent’s head-banging keyboard player Scott Stapleton, hearing the sweet sounds of one of my all-time favorites, Andrew Bird, and getting goosebumps when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds as Beck closed out the festival with “Sunday Sun.” For a music lover, it was a magical weekend. I love the moments when I share a smile with the person next to me, perhaps a perfect stranger, and know we are thinking the same thing – that we’re bearing witness to something special, a moment that will stay with us forever. These are the moments that drive me to take pictures. Beck summed up my motivation perfectly when he said, “I see all these pictures backstage from the early days. (It has me) thinking about how good it looked back then, but it looks really good right now. Some day, in the 2024s, people will look back at the golden days of the 2010s.” I hope that someday in the future I’m lucky enough to have my photos serve as a window to this wonderful time in music.
My girl, soaking in the scene and wearing the same serious expression as her father:
Did these ladies coordinate their outfits?
Evangeline couldn’t get enough of the bottomless supply of Late July chips in the Family tent.
Note the excitement on Evangeline’s face as she watches Jim James:
Throughout the weekend I kept noticing the fantastic outfits worn by this stylish beauty, Odessa Rose. I love the way she combines this look, reminiscent of the late 60′s/early 70′s, with a pair of leather boots.
After I quickly squeezed my way through the crowd to get this photo of Beck and Ramblin Jack Elliot together on stage, I made a couple of new friends and discovered these awesome sunglasses made of wood.
This was our view as we enjoyed Beck’s set backstage after a long weekend full of wonderful music:
You can see some of my favorite Folk Festival images from past years HERE.