Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

Newport Folk Festival's challenge lies in its legacy: booking a balancing-act bill that will draw sell-out crowds – a phenomenon the Newport Festival Foundation has only enjoyed since 2011 – while simultaneously preserving a legendary, now-54-year-old heritage, one that is the longest-running and possibly the most visible example of American festival success ever. While they've done extraordinarily well in years past according the best of both old and new artists, this year's lineup didn't do itself as many favors.

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