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Newport Folk Festival 2016: 15 Best Things We Saw

Review this year’s highlights, from Ruby Amanfu’s breakout appearance to Ryan Adams and Father John Misty’s catty rivalry

Newport Folk Festival, 2016

Patti Smith covered Bob Dylan and recited Allen Ginsberg during her uplifting set at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.

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With three days of perfect weather, plentiful unannounced guest appearances and a shrewdly well-rounded lineup, 2016's Newport Folk Festival marked another unforgettable weekend of music at one of the country's most historic fests. With Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes and Flight of the Conchords headlining each of the festival's three days, this year's Newport once again expanded the definition of folk music in the 21st century. At all hours, smaller stages featured everything from Brian Fallon's Jersey folk-punk to Hayes Carll's Texas country, from the Irish-tinged folk of Aoife O'Donovan to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's celebratory New Orleans fusion. These are the 15 best things we saw.

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