Newport Folk Festival 2012 at Fort Adams State Park: Live photos (slide show)

Rain or shine, concertgoers flocked to Fort Adams State Park for the 53rd Newport Folk Festival.

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Wilco

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Wilco

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Wilco

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GraveRobbers

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GraveRobbers

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The Apache Relay

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Spirit Family Reunion

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Spirit Family Reunion

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Deer Tick

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Deer Tick

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Deer Tick

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Alabama Shakes

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Honey Honey

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Honey Honey

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First Aid Kit

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First Aid Kit

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Sharon Van Etten

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Dawes

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Dawes

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Iron & Wine

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My Morning Jacket

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Blind Pilot

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Blind Pilot

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Jonah Tolchin

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The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

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Deep Dark Woods

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Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons

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Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons

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Sara Watkins

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Charity Rose Thielen, of The Head and the Heart, joins Sara Watkins on stage

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Jackson Browne

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Trampled By Turtles

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The Head and the Heart

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Rodriguez

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Charles Bradley

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Charles Bradley

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Of Monsters And Men

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Of Monsters And Men

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Tune-Yards

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Gary Clark Jr.

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Conor Oberst

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Punch Brothers

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Punch Brothers

The Newport Folk Festival has had quite a few ups and downs since its humble beginnings in 1959, from the popular-culture–shifting 1963 fest with Bob Dylan to its semiretirement in the ’70s. So the string of rainy evenings at this year's festival could not dampen the spirits of the grandpa hippies and disheveled young hipsters, who both came equally hungry to hear the eclectic lineup. Sold-out in record time, the 2012 festival featured bona fide folk heroes like Jackson Browne and Arlo Guthrie, up-and-comers such as Alabama Shakes, Robert Ellis and Gary Clark Jr, and indie heroes like My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Tune-Yards. But whether a Newport Folk Festival virgin or veteran, performers paid tribute to the legends with covers of Bob Dylan, Levon Helm and the Band. The festival also unofficially honored the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, which made way for a batch of Woody salutes, most notably from Wilco, which opened its set with Guthrie's "Christ for President." Weather be damned, Virginia Rollison captured the lively weekend.

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