Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Newport Folk Festival

Though I claim I'm not a hippie, Jesse and I have one seriously crunchy tradition - every year, we go to the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.  We started a few years ago, at the suggestion of a friend, and we've been going ever since.

The festival has been going on since 1959 (fun fact: my dad used to go, back in the day) and takes place at Fort Adams which is this sweet old fort right on the water.  I am not that into live music but I am into water views and sea breezes.  And festival food.  If you are into live music, however, some of the acts we got to see were Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jackson Browne, The Head & The Heart, Tom Morello, Trampled By Turtles, and Blitzen Trapper.

Here's the fort and the main stage.  These next few pictures are from Friday night, which was just about the only time all weekend there was a blue sky...

...and the view if I turned around and shot the water behind the concert...

A 360 view of the festival that my friend Ben took...

...and, of course, all sorts of tasty festival eats:

A lot of folk-loving boaters park right next to the concert and take in the music from there.  Every year, I say to Jesse, "Next year, we're getting a boat".  Though this clearly hasn't come to fruition yet, I think it would be an awesome way to enjoy the show:

If you are in New England next summer, I highly recommend checking out at least a day of the Newport Folk Festival.  It's usually the last weekend in July and tickets often sell out.  If you are interested, NPR has broadcasts from this year's show here.  Enjoy and stay hippie!

1 comment:

  1. For a few years after college, my BFF and I used to go to the Newport Folk Fest every year, too!!!! I still remember every bit of it. And we also said "next year we are finding a way to attend via boat in the harbor" and it never happened.....it's good to have a dream :)

    Enjoyed your pics!


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