Tune in and turn up

I’ve done my fair share of festival hopping back in my 20’s and then again in 2008 with a five festival Radiohead run that would bring any normal human to their knees. I vowed to avoid festivals at all costs back then, even considering the abundance of solid line-ups that draw the crowds to pound through mud and traffic-hell for days on end.

But the truth is I would do it all again, just at a different pace. The Newport Folk Festival brought that change…

Photography: Nicole Deponte/

Read and see more from Newport Folk Festival 2011 after the click.

by Jeff Carvalho

Just weeks ago, at the end of July, I had one of my top three festival experiences in of all places, Newport, Rhode Island. For two warm and sunny days, Newport hosted the 51st annual Newport Folk Festival inside the ground of Fort Adams in the Newport harbor. Unlike most festival making the rounds in the United States, Newport is a proper affair that with almost no marketing sold out their allocation of 10,000 per day simply on word of mouth and the some easy social marketing that clearly drove thousands for the love of the music.

Do not expect Newport Folk to be jammed with the kids. On the contrary, it draws a distinct audience of music savvy listeners – young and old – to experience a laid back, no stress, festival that embraces the sounds and the environment.

Sure we did our fair share consuming the local spirits and beer, but the music and the people were primary.

Below is a select look at our favorite moments from the festival.

NPR’s All Songs Considered broadcast the festival live on radio and online (full archive here)

One of the new additions to Newport Folk is the after-show charity BBQ event. Here’s one photo from the 300 person event featuring The Decemberists, Gillian Welch, Rowlings, and many others…

See you in 2012.

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