Jack White, Deer Tick, Kurt Vile and More Highlight Day Two at Newport Folk Festival
Day two at Newport Folk Festival featured some of the best emerging acts in the genre such as Deer Tick, Houndmouth, The Oh Hellos, Benjamin Booker and many more. However, the day belonged to Jack White as the guitarist brought his Lazaretto tour to Newport, RI for a headlining set.
White could be found roaming the festival grounds, taking photos with his own polaroid camera and mingling with fans. “This is the first festival where I can walk around and watch bands without people annoying me,” the guitarist commented early on in his set. Throughout his 19-song set, he would take time to compliment Mavis Staples (who was sitting side stage) as well as offer covers of other blues legends including Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, among others.
For his own material, White would rely on some of his more bluesy tracks rather than just sticking to the hits. Tunes like The White Stripes “Hotel Yorba” and “Cannon” would be featured as well as “We’re Going to Be Friends” and “The Rose with the Broken Neck” from his Rome project. White would also mix in a cover of Hendrix’s “Hear My Train a Comin’” as well.
To close the show, the guitarist brought out a host of musicians for one final tribute, this time to the late Pete Seeger. The finale of “Goodnight, Irene,” which Seeger performed with The Weavers, would feature the likes of The Milk Carton Kids, Pokey Lafarge, John C. Reilly and many more. A visibly emotional White exited the stage following the one-song encore.
The guitarist’s business wasn’t done there, however. He would stick around the greater Providence, RI area to visit old pal Beck, who was performing at the Performing Arts Center. White was introduced as “the best bartender in the world” by the frontman, who remarked he and his band were hanging out at the Newport Folk Fest earlier that day. White stuck around for the whole encore of “Pay No Mind,” “Loser” and “Where It’s At.”
Elsewhere at Newport Folk, actor John C. Reilly and Friends performed on the Harbor Stage early in the day with their particular brand of folk. The actor, known for his role in Step Brothers and others, cracked a few jokes throughout the set much to the crowd’s delight.
Deer Tick was over on the main stage early in the day to play to a hometown crowd. Decked out in matching suits, the band rolled through cuts from their latest Negativity as well as older songs. Also garnering an energetic crowd was up and comers Houndmouth who took the Quad Stage early on. The band dipped into a new batch of songs as well as a cover of Mavis Staples’ “Can You Get to That” and mentioned they would be going back into the studio this August to begin work on their next album. While Jack White and Houndmouth honored Mavis Staples from the stage, the Sunday night headliner also hung around the grounds to sit in with Lucius before joining Puss N Boots for a rendition of The Band’s “Twilight.”
Kurt Vile and Benjamin Booker, along with White, carried the rock torch for the day as both acts played it a bit louder on the Quad Stage than everyone else throughout the day. Vile and his band The Violators are currently touring around their latest Wakin on a Pretty Daze while the young Booker is preparing for the release of his debut record on August 19.
Newport Folk Festival concludes today with performances from Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Trampled By Turtles and more.