Beck, The Lumineers Close Out Newport Folk Festival
Beck closed out the Newport Folk Festival yesterday at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. The singer-songwriter covered The Everly Brothers’ “Sleepless Nights” and played a number of his classic songs like “Loser.” Following that tune, Beck was joined by Andrew Bird, The Decemberists’ Chris Funk and Black Prairie’s Analisa Tornfelt for an extended jam session that played into a take on Jimmie Rodgers’ “Waitin’ for a Train.”
The Lumineers held down the main stage right before Beck, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. The band covered Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and asked fans to put away their mobile devices during the show, saying, “Newport is a bit of a throwback festivals, so let’s put away those cell phones and cameras for a minute.”
The request was only heeded for a short time.
Ramblin Jack Elliot and Michael Kiwanuka also performed on the main stage earlier in the day. Elliot, who once toured with Bob Dylan, played a rendition of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” which included his best Dylan impression during the last verse. Kiwanuka also covered Jimi Hendrix’s “May This Be Love” during his set.
Over in the Harbor Tent, The Wheeler Brothers brought some rocking pedal steel jams and also threw in a Jackson Five cover. Later, Michael Hurley was joined by Black Prairie for a couple of songs.
There was also some surprise fun during one of Chris Funk’s “Folk with Funk” workshops, when Jim James showed up to challenge Funk to a staring/meditation contest. The competition lasted 25 minutes and ended in a tie.
Other highlights included Spirit Family Reunion, who closed their raucous set by bringing up friends and family to help perform “I’ll Find A Way.” Andrew Bird was also joined by Tift Merritt for his fun set, which took place on the Quad Stage.