Saturday may have brought the rain - and oh boy did it rain - but it also brought stellar performances from artists old and new alike.
Sunday proved to be no different, with acts ranging from the raucous rock of Rhode Island's own Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Decisions to the scorching guitar blues of Gary Clark, Jr.. There was pop-folk aplenty with bands like Trampled By Turtles and The Head And The Heart taking over the main stage, and if you were willing to go off the beaten path a little bit you could catch acts like Of Monsters And Men, traditional sets from The Kossoy Sisters, Spider John Koerner, or a blistering performance by ex-Rage Against The Machiner Tom Morello. It was, as everyday at the Newport Folk Festival is, a celebration of music writ large.
The festival ended, of course, with lingering rain clouds as Jackson Browne brought his friends Dawes, Sara Watkins, Jonathan Wilson and Tom Morello (whose set Browne hat sat in on to sing "This Land Is Your Land") out to end an already hit heavy set by Browne. Launching into an explosive cover of Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money", the musicians abandoned any sense of "folk" that may have been lingering at Fort Adams, steering directly into the land of rawk, complete with traded guitar solos, Hendrixian guitar moves by Morello and a fist pumping, slightly waterlogged crowd that refused to let the moment die.
And then it was over.