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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRyan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPuss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenNickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenConor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJohn Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenReignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenLucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBand of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenHurray for the Riff Raff performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenDeer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenShovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenDawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenNickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPuss n Boots performs with Mavis Staples at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRyan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenDeer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenConor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBand of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenReignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenLake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThao and the Get Down Stay Down performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenNickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenLucius performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJohn Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPuss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenHoundmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenShovels & Rope performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Lonesome Trio performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCaitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenDawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenDeer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJeff Tweedy performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenTrampled by Turtles performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenValerie June performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBand of Horses performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenA member of Conor Oberst’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJohn Reilly and Friends perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenReignwolf performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenAges and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenPuss n Boots performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRodrigo y Gabriela performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenNickel Creek performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRyan Adams performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenA member of Pokey LaFarge’s band performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenLake Street Dive performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenAges and Ages performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenHoundmouth performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCaitlin Rose performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenJack White performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on July 26, 2014.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe 2014 Newport Folk Festival took place on July 25–27, 2014.
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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

By Grace Chen. Photographs by Michael Chen
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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.

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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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