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Newport Folk Festival 2014: Our favorite photos

Jack White, Ryan Adams, Nickel Creek and Mavis Staples headlined the famed folk-focused fest at this Rhode Island seaside town

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Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Conor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Lucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Jeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Shovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Puss n Boots performs with Mavis Staples at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Conor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Lake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Lucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Houndmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Shovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Caitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Jeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Trampled by Turtles performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Valerie June performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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A member of Conor Oberst’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Ages and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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A member of Pokey LaFarge’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Lake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Ages and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Houndmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Caitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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The 2014 Newport Folk Festival took place on July 25–27, 2014.
While others were enjoying the city's remaining events in July, Time Out made a weekend getaway to the 55th annual Newport Folk Festival held at the picturesque Fort Adams State Park. The genre-bending lineup ranged from heavyweights like Jack White, Nickel Creek and Conor Oberst (backed by Dawes) to lesser-known—yet equally impressive—artists like Lake Street Dive, the Oh Hellos and Caitlin Rose. Top it off with some Jenny Lewis, whose festival clothing and stage decor were outfitted with rainbow accents, and we literally had ourselves a Skittles-like assortment of the music universe.

The threat of rain didn’t discourage artists from delivering top-notch sets, and festivalgoers were left with more memorable moments than they could keep track of. Ryan Adams’s heart-gripping rendition of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” silenced even the most unruly of spectators. Backed by a breathtaking harmonicist (who doubles as a washboardist!), Pokey LaFarge’s ragtime blues transported everyone to the old-timey banks of the Mississippi. Rodrigo y Gabriela’s stupefying acoustic guitar acrobatics earned themselves a frenzied standing ovation a mere ten seconds into the set.

This year’s festivities were dedicated to gospel and soul royalty Mavis Staples, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday. She never missed a step while making the rounds, treating audiences to surprise performances with Lucius, Jeff Tweedy and Puss n Boots (Norah Jones’s alt-country project), to name a few. Her folk-infused set that closed out the festival hushed critics who may have questioned if she’s got the chops to keep up with her much younger counterparts at Newport. The answer is: That girl’s still got it.

With a never-ending list of artists eager to perform on its historical stages and a noticeably growing crowd year after year, this festival isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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