Best Blues Explosion: Jack White
White brought his full Lazaretto touring band to Newport, where he delivered a high-energy set comprised of blues covers ("John the Revelator"), White Stripes hits ("We're Going to Be Friends"), Raconteurs deep cuts ("Top Yourself") and standout recent solo material ("Blunderbuss"). White, who had been spotted checking acts like John Reilly, Shovels & Rope and Pokey LaFarge earlier in the day, told the crowd at one point that it was the first time in the last 12 years he had been able to walk around a music festival and see music without being bothered.
Clearly thrilled to be at Newport, White was in high spirits Saturday night, wishing Mavis Staples happy birthday, commenting on the picturesque setting and treating the crowd to a well intentioned, if slightly rambling mini-lecture about the pitfalls of authenticity. His only problem, it seemed, was with this publication: "Today marks the first time Rolling Stone is covering the Newport Folk Festival," he said, very incorrectly. "They don't like to rush into things." J.B.