With the recent passing of Newport Folk Festival legend Pete Seeger, this year is sure to be an emotional one down at the Fort. Seeger was an inspiration for every artist who performed and every fan in attendance, year in and year out. His onstage sing-alongs became something that we looked forward to every year, because you just knew that every artist on the lineup was begging to share the stage with Pete. To say he’ll be sorely missed would be an understatement, but we’re sure that the Folk Family will take the festival to a whole new level in Pete’s name this year.
With NFF only 6 months away (and a few acts already announced…) it’s about time we made our predictions and put together a wishlist for the 2014 edition of Christmas in July. Check out the full list and click the button below to buy tickets while you sill can, because it most definitely will sell out.
Frightened Rabbit - Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Deer Tick have all played Newport, why not my other favorite band this year?
Nickel Creek – Their reunion after eight years apart was just announced this week, so we’re crossing our fingers that this bluegrass supergroup will celebrate their sweet, sweet return at Newport this year.
Johnny Flynn - Johnny Flynn is a wise-beyond-his-years songwriter, and his music channels the Americana roots that NFF knows and loves (despite his British heritage).
Ivan and Alyosha - This honest, feel-good folk-pop group toured with Lone Bellow in 2013, and we think they’re long overdue for their own moment at the Fort.
Shakey Graves - Shakey Graves’ mysterious reputation fits his gritty blues to a t. If Shakey plays Newport this year, the Folk may not know his name coming in, but they’ll sure as hell know it when they leave.
Saintseneca - Their new album of jangly, upbeat folk drops this April, and we’re hooked on the tunes we’ve heard from Dark Arc so far.
Kishi Bashi - With one of the most transfixing live shows we’ve ever seen, Kishi Bashi’s violin-looping expertise would be a perfectly unexpected addition to the lineup.
Lake Street Dive - With the impending release of their LP Bad Self Portraits, they’re due for a big 2014 and we’d love nothing more than for them to rock the Fort.
Typhoon - Typhoon’s twelve-man band has their name all over the Quad Stage (and we can absolutely see them jumping into the crowd for a stripped-down version of “The Honest Truth“).
Ben Howard - If we had our way this year’s lineup would be heavy on the UK acts and following a huge 2013 who better to represent our folk friends from across the pond than Ben Howard?
Night Beds- “Ramona” was one of our favorite songs in 2013 plus new music is on the way in 2014.
Nick Waterhouse- This year’s J.D. McPherson.
Darlingside/The Ballroom Thieves/Tall Heights- We’d love to see any or all of these local Boston folk favorites to follow in the footsteps of Kingsley Flood this year.
AgesandAges- Surprising that they haven’t had a shot at the Newport stages yet, but with a new album due in 2014 the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Damien Jurado- His new record, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, is way too good and way too buzzy to not be considered.