Newport Folk Festival
When: July 24th-26th
Where: Newport, Rhode Island
Why Go: God bless Americana. Oozing history galore (this is where Dylan went electric, dude), the Newport Folk Festival offers a relatively cushy spot from which to enjoy the latest developments in the evolution of folk, rock, country, blues, soul and everything in between. This year's lineup boasts a wealth of hungry new acts like Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards and Nikki Lane, plus Leon Bridges' mellow soul and a rare acoustic set from Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis.
Must-See Acts: The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, First Aid Kit, Brandi Carlile, Calexico, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Watkins Family Hour, José González, Laura Marling, J Mascis, Angel Olsen, Nikki Lane, Leon Bridges
Official Site: newportfolk.org