Newport Folk Festival 2015

The Newport Folk Festival provided yet another weekend of wonderful music, surprise collaborations and all-around excitement this summer at Fort Adams. Here are some highlights:

Langhorne Slim takes his high-energy performance into the crowd.

Langhorne Slim takes his high-energy performance into the crowd.

Langhorne Slim takes his high-energy performance into the crowd.

Langhorne Slim takes his high-energy performance into the crowd.

My Morning Jacket, after making a surprise appearance, backs Roger Waters during his much-anticipated set.

My Morning Jacket, after making a surprise appearance, backs Roger Waters during his much-anticipated set.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

As usual, Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human perform with exuberance. These guys know how to infuse a crowd with joy.

As usual, Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human perform with exuberance. These guys know how to infuse a crowd with joy.

Jon Batiste, left, and Joe Saylor

Jon Batiste, left, and Joe Saylor

Percussionist Joe Saylor

Percussionist Joe Saylor

Jon Batiste & Stay Human pose for a photo on top of a wall inside Fort Adam. From left, are: Eddie Barbash, Jon Batiste, Joe Saylor and Ibanda Ruhumbika.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human pose for a photo on top of a wall inside Fort Adam. From left, are: Eddie Barbash, Jon Batiste, Joe Saylor and Ibanda Ruhumbika.

This Nashville crew is looking great in their new custom-embroidered Levis denim. From left are: Joe Fletcher, Emilia Pare, Jenn Ross and Libby Rose, host of Wildwood Revival.

This Nashville crew is looking great in their new custom-embroidered Levis denim. From left are: Joe Fletcher, Emilia Pare, Jenn Ross and Libby Rose, host of Wildwood Revival.

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Jess Wolfe, left, and Holly Laessig of Lucius

Jess Wolfe, left, and Holly Laessig of Lucius

Wesley Watkins of Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

Wesley Watkins of Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

Calin Peters of The Ballroom Thieves

Calin Peters of The Ballroom Thieves

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Left: Dan Blakeslee Right: Amato Zinno and Bessie Bessin of the Rhode Island-based Haunt the House

Left: Dan Blakeslee Right: Amato Zinno and Bessie Bessin of the Rhode Island-based Haunt the House

Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers plays guitar during a quiet moment inside Fort Adams.

Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers plays guitar during a quiet moment inside Fort Adams.

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

Childhood friends Sam Beam, of Iron and Wine, and Ben Bridwell, of Band of Horses, perform songs from their new album of covers Sing Into My Mouth.

Childhood friends Sam Beam, of Iron and Wine, and Ben Bridwell, of Band of Horses, perform songs from their new album of covers Sing Into My Mouth.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Calexico

Calexico

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff

The crowd, below, goes crazy for Brandi Carlile, who performs with twin brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

The crowd, below, goes crazy for Brandi Carlile, who performs with twin brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

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Brian Elmquist of The Lone Bellow

Brian Elmquist of The Lone Bellow

Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow

Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow

The crowd, below, reacts as Hozier, left, takes the stage. Performing with Hozier is cellist Alana Henderson, right.

The crowd, below, reacts as Hozier, left, takes the stage. Performing with Hozier is cellist Alana Henderson, right.

Hozier fans

Hozier fans

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes plays "Maggie's Farm" using the Fender Stratocaster played by Bob Dylan 50 years ago when he famously surprised the festival crowd by going electric. The grand finale of this year's festival, '65 Revisited, included a rotating cast of performers paying homage to Bob Dylan and his iconic set in Newport. 

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes plays "Maggie's Farm" using the Fender Stratocaster played by Bob Dylan 50 years ago when he famously surprised the festival crowd by going electric. The grand finale of this year's festival, '65 Revisited, included a rotating cast of performers paying homage to Bob Dylan and his iconic set in Newport. 

Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Willie Watson

Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Willie Watson

Dave Rawlings

Dave Rawlings

Ian O'Neil, Duane Betts, John McCauley, and Taylor Goldsmith

Ian O'Neil, Duane Betts, John McCauley, and Taylor Goldsmith

The weekend ended with a sing-along of "Rainy Day Women" that even included members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who showed up just to participate in the special finale.

The weekend ended with a sing-along of "Rainy Day Women" that even included members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who showed up just to participate in the special finale.