5 Must See Sets at Newport Folk Festival 2013

We know what you’re thinking, Newport Folk Festival is only two days away and you still can’t decide which bands to see because they’re all so awesome. Well we’re here to make your life a bit easier and provide you a quick guide to the can’t miss sets at the 2013 edition of the festival. And for those of you keeping score at home, we nailed it pretty hard with our predictions back in January, so we know what we’re talking about (or at least we like to think so). You can check out out our Top 5 artists below and listen to them and more on our NFF ’13 Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Houndmouth (Saturday July 27 @ 1:35pm Harbor Stage)– We’ve been singing the praises of Indiana’s Houndmouth since early 2012 and now that their stellar full-length debut has been released we’re guessing that there will be plenty of singing from the crowd to go along with their tight live show.

Kingsley Flood (Friday July 26 @ 2:30pm Fort Stage)– These Boston locals have been clawing at the gates of Newport for the past couple of years and their Fort Adams performance couldn’t have come at a better time. Fresh off of the release of their critically acclaimed album Battles, they’re sure to bring the ruckus to the Fort Stage. Maybe they’ll invite me up to play some trash can

The Lone Bellow (Saturday July 27 @ 1:10pm Quad Stage)– Their performance in April at Brighton Music Hall was one of our favorite shows of 2013 thus far as the trio’s set bursted with passion and energy. Since I wasn’t able to catch their last Boston show with our good friends in The Ballroom Thieves, I hope that the same spark from April is there again at Newport.

John McCauley (Friday July 26 @ 6:10pm Quad Stage)– Over the past few years, the Deer Tick frontman has grown to represent the essence of the festival itself. What makes Newport so special is the family atmosphere, both in the crowd and amongst the artists, and at the center of this family is McCauley. In the world of Newport Folk Festival, McCauley is the spark for collaboration between artists, whether it be with his buddies from Delta Spirit and Dawes or starting a singalong at the Backstage Benefit BBQ. So if you don’t want to miss the special moments that everyone will be talking about once the festival is over, then don’t miss Mr. McCauley’s set.

The Low Anthem Presents “Newport Homegrown” (Friday July 26 @ 3:00pm Museum Stage)/Joe Fletcher’s “Nashville to Newport” (Saturday July 27 @ 1:30pm Museum Stage)– I guess I cheated on this one since it is two different sets, but both seem to be Newport’s answer to Bonnaroo’s famous Superjams, where collaboration is embraced and a one-of-a-kind festival experience is created. If that’s the case, you can sure as hell count me in. The list of artists scheduled to perform at these jams include names like Last Good Tooth, Roz Raskin, Amanda Shires, and Andrew Combs among others. Those are just some of the people we know will be there, but we’ll let your imagination get to work on the surprises you think the Rhode Island natives curating each showcase have in store.

Posted on by Eric in Newport Folk Festival Spotlight

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