Newport Folk Festival
When: July 22nd-24th
Where: Newport, Rhode Island
Why Go: The Newport Jazz Festival's rootsy little brother has been a festive meeting place for folk, blues, country, bluegrass, folk-rock (after Bob Dylan broke the electricity barrier in 1965) and all things Americana since 1959. Genre blurring is still the name of the game during this weekend when HBO folk parodists, middle-aged punk lifers, a folk supertrio, Mali garage rockers and mesmerizing acoustic singer-songwriters will bare their souls.
Must-See Acts: Flight of the Conchords, Ray Lamontagne, the Arcs, Freakwater, Violent Femmes, Case/Lang/Veirs, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Hayes Carll, John Moreland, Aoife O'Donovan, Songhoy Blues
Official Site: newportfolk.org