All Songs Considered Blog
Mon July 30, 2012
Highlights: The 2012 Newport Folk Festival In Photos
There's no hiding that the Newport Folk Festival has become a more musically diverse experience. This past weekend, indie rock artists with folky roots (Wilco, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten), left-field electro-Afro-beat ravers (tUnE-yArDs) and soul singers (Charles Bradley and, to a certain extent, Alabama Shakes) shared stages and sometimes collaborated live with bona fide legends like Arlo Guthrie and Jackson Browne.
Despite inclement weather, music lovers came to the sold-out festival, surrounded by Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. There were several tributes to the late Levon Helm and, as is Newport standard, plenty of Bob Dylan covers. And even though he never played the festival himself, Newport celebrated the Woody Guthrie centennial (Guthrie would have turned 100 on July 14) all weekend long, remembering his legacy of song and activism.
You can see even more photos from the 2012 Newport Folk Festival on the NPR Music Facebook page.