I just wrote this on a Newport Folk facebook post- not to cause problems or start something, but just to post something thoughtful about how I’m feeling. I think everyone’s allowed to voice an opinion even if it’s a little “negative.” Just as long as you aren’t like THIS SUCKS. Thoughtful critiques are always good. So here it is:
I’m starting to wonder if the spirit and definition of the Newport FOLK Festival isn’t getting a little lost or discarded. With bands like Lucero and J. Roddy Walston I feel like the term folk is being stretched way too far. These bands are fine in and of themselves, but I just don’t feel like they fit with what the festival is. Or what I thought it was supposed to be. There are always acts booked that may not be my cup of tea, but I usually get why they’re booked for the fest. I guess I’m just wondering what criteria is considered when booking acts. Is there some sort of “mission statement” that the festival has? I just don’t want to see the festival I adore turn into any old music festival. There’s something special about it, which is what brings me back year after year and I think it’s important to preserve that.
Also I didn’t write this there, but I have seen things were they said they tried to get Outkast to play the festival. That is ridiculous. They didn’t get them, so good, but yeah. I’m not that into rap, but that’s not why I say that. It’s because Outkast at other festivals makes sense, but at the Newport Folk Festival? Um, no. What if the Telluride Bluegrass Festival said hey Outkast is playing millions of festivals this summer let’s get them? People would be up in arms.
Anyway maybe other fellow attendees want to chime in? Or folk fans in general?