Raury Collides and Combines Genres
The 20-year-old Atlanta singer-rapper-guitarist took the stage to a moving standing ovation before launching into an energetic nine-song performance that drew on styles ranging from folk to hip-hop, gospel, arena rock and R&B. Throughout it all, Raury scampered and hopped his way around the stage, imbuing his early afternoon set with the type of ecstatic charisma normally reserved for a main-stage spectacle. He switched between playing guitar, rapping in free verse and jumping around for effect, conjuring moments of intense connection throughout, whether on the laid-back acoustic cover of A$AP Rocky's "L$D" or on the frenetic, gospel-influenced folk-rap of "Peace Prevail." If his Newport set was any indication, this major-label upstart will soon be headlining all sorts of bigger festival stages in years to come.