Newport Folk Festival: Sunday Recap and Final Musings
The last day of the festival was a mellow end to the weekend.
Ans a newbie to the Folk Festival, I had no idea what to expect.
I pictured people with flowing hair dotted with flowers, chunky beaded necklaces and the scent of patchouli wafting behind them.
But the reality was much less niche (though patchouli did have a presence).
People walked around in outfits as simple as a shirt and shorts, while others sported quirky things like tank tops with a banana print or button downs dotted with embroidered cacti.
Nathaniel Rateliff and his hat made a surprise appearance, jolting the sunbathing, swaying crowd with a mild injection of adrenaline.
The beer sloshed, people packed beneath the cooling shade of tents and smart flotilla of seafarers paddled/sailed up to Fort Adam’s rocky shore for a waterfront view of the show.
- Bring sunscreen and wear a hat. It can get hot on a sunny day and I saw more than one poor soul with lobsters as their spirit animal.
- Be prepared to spend. Though you paid out the wazoo for your ticket, parking isn’t free ($20), food and drink will cost you a pretty penny (drinks are $8 a pop and food can run you as much as $16 for a lobster roll).
- Get there early. Traffic was horrendous (it took my friend and I more than thirty minutes JUST to get over the Newport bridge) and the prime real estate near the stages is taken up by blankets and coolers in a jiffy.
- Have fun. It’s corny, but hey, you’re there to listen to music and have a good time.
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