is about the words and the .

Songs that stir and shake, songs you shake your ass to, songs that provoke, songs that matter…

But it’s also about discovery of new voices and sounds, while not forgetting to pay to the influence of founder Wein and the guiding hand of producer .

Newport is about surprises, highlighted this year by the “unannounced” return of & the on Saturday, followed Sunday by Roger appearance at the end of ’s closing set (known only to Fest higher ups as well as a few of Newport’s finest).

is an incredibly personal event for me. The blue water and white sails of Narangansett Bay makes for a stunning backdrop to the Fort Stage, and capped at 10,000 and an annual sell out before a single artist is announced, AEG this is not.

Even its international reputation, Newport Folk still feels so incredibly local and, as a West Coast based photographer, I consider myself lucky to Folk (and Jazz) whenever I can.

Check out my galleries from both days below…

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