And then there was one. Sunday was such a bittersweet day at the Newport Folk Festival. There were so many great acts on the bill, yet they marked the end of another unforgettable weekend at Fort Adams.
The special thing about the Newport Folk Festival isn't the lineup, or the location; it's the people. Not just the audience, which I'm convinced is the most laid-back in festival history, but behind the scenes, too. The coordinators are passionate in a way you won't often find. They actually care about the music, the people, and everything this festival has grown to represent.
Then there are the bands. They're not just hired guns, here... they're a family. This was most evident during the finale of this year's festival, but could be seen throughout the entire weekend; Jack White walking around the crowd as if it were his own backyard; Mavis Staples sitting in on several sets throughout the three days; last year's Sunday hanging out backstage, catching a few sets on Friday; or newcomers like Shakey Graves ranting and raving about their experience through social media in the days after.
No matter who you ask, whether it be the bands, audiences or Jay Sweet himself, Newport Folk Festival is the best weekend of the year; every year. Now it's just time to wait for the next one.
But before the waiting officially begins, here are my five favorite acts from Sunday... along with a little bonus, naturally.