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

0

Comments

Add +
  • Photographs: Michael J. Chen

    Click the arrow on the image above to view all photos from Newport Folk Festival 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Conor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Shovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Puss n Boots performs with Mavis Staples at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Conor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Houndmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Shovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Caitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Trampled by Turtles performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Valerie June performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Band of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    A member of Conor Oberst’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    John Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Reignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Ages and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Puss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Nickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Ryan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    A member of Pokey LaFarge’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Ages and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Houndmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Caitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2014 Newport Folk Festival took place on July 25–27, 2014.

Photographs: Michael J. Chen

Click the arrow on the image above to view all photos from Newport Folk Festival 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.


Users say

0 comments

Read more music features

Interview: John Lurie

The Lounge Lizard, Jim Jarmusch star and all-around NYC alt legend gets a tribute worthy of his multimedia brilliance

The best fall concerts in NYC

Get ready for a busy season this fall, with shows from arena heavy-hitters to indie gems

Afropunk fest 2014: Our favorite photos

Sharon Jones, Bad Brains and Shabazz Palaces wowed at the Brooklyn blowout

Interview: Laurie Anderson

The composer talks about life after Lou Reed, her history in the record business—and her upcoming shows at the BAM.

Interview: Steve Reich

The minimalist composer talks about the early days—and his new collaboration with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood

See more in Music