Saturday, July 24th was a perfect day to ‘Folk On” at the Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park. It was Day 2 of the first of two three-day downsized festivals, with Fort Adams at half its regular capacity. The day featured great music and a visit from RI Governor Dan McKee.

The day started bright and early with a make-up set of sorts from Grace Potter. She performed solo, with several audience requests after her set was postponed due to thunderstorms on Friday. Margo Price also returned to the Newport stage, for an acoustic set with husband Jeremy Ivey.

Hip Hop artist Demeanor was warmly welcomed by the Folk crowd, as was guitar genius Yasmin Williams. It was the first time both artists played Newport. Strong sets from Waxahatchee, Phosphorescent, and Joy Oladokun followed. Randy Newman graced the Newport stage with some well know classics accompanied by his unique brand of upbeat sarcasm.

Along with his wife Amanda Shires and bandmate Sadler Vaden, festival favorite Jason Isbell closed Day 2 with a powerful set of original music. WhatsUpNewp photographer Rick Farrell was there and shares the photos below.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.

Rick Farrell

​Rick Farrell of Mojo Photography has been drawn to music his entire life. Maybe it was growing up in Newport, RI, host to the venerable Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. Or maybe it was the countless hours listening to his older siblings' classic LP's and 45's on the stereo in the 1960's. Whatever the reason, there has always been a strong connection.

He had originally taken up photography as a hobby, eventually gravitating towards shooting professionally in 2007. Never knowing what his true passion or niche was, proved to be very frustrating to say the least. Then in 2009 he shot a concert, and everything seemed to click. He had discovered his passion! Concert photography!

He considers himself fortunate to have photographed shows at some of the premier venues in New England, including Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. He has literally photographed hundreds of shows, including some of the biggest acts in today’s music industry. He has photographed many esteemed festivals including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Farm Aid. His work has been published in numerous outlets locally, regionally, and nationally.

Musically, he loves everything from rock to country, jazz, R&B, pop, and classical. There is no greater feeling for him than capturing a moment on stage for others to enjoy for posterity. Whatever your taste, his goal is to provide "music for your eyes."