If you've been living under a rock and hoped to simply find a ticket for this summer's Newport Folk Fest, we're sorry to be the bearers of bad news: tickets have been sold out since Marchbefore the initial lineup was even announced. Of course the historic music festival has an extensive lineup, but what's so great about seeing Jim James
, Father John Misty, Lord Huron, and Beck all in the same weekend? Alright, some of us may be a little bitter about procrastinating, but instead of focusing on the greatness that has yet to take over Fort Adams State Park this July, we've come up with a list of alternatives to the epic lineup.
1. Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 10-14)
If you live close enough, or are willing to take a road trip the drive to Winnipeg, Manitoba is definitely worth it. What makes the Winnipeg festie so unique is that it's a not-for-profit charitable organization. Ohhhh Canadians, you're all so kind. They're bringing up Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Dr. Dog, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Galactic, Indigo Girls, The Cat Empire, and the Avett Brothers just to name a few. Winnipeg is looking like the perfect blend of indie, folk, and brass vibrations - possibly one of the most underrated festivals of the season.
2. Northwest String Summit (July 18-21)
The Northwest String Summit definitely suits its atmosphere. Tucked away in the desolate North Plains of Oregon, contemporary bluegrass pioneers are dominating the ridges with powerhouse acts. The lineup boasts the always-churning Yonder Mountain Stringband, the mastermind guitarist Keller Williams (with his band The Keels). These headliners are no strangers to the bluegrass, folk oriented festivals, so this celebration in the mountains is going to bring nothing but rootsy sounds and lovely banjos echoing throughout. The lineup even presents two wild-sounding bands called Poor Man's Whiskey and Darkside of the Moonshine.
3. Floyd Fest (July 25-28)
If you're still feeling pretty bummed about missing Newport, you can feel just a little better by going to a festival that, in my opinion, seems just as fun AND is going down the same weekend. So while you may know some people who are talking about the mystical madness of Jim James, you can boast about the magical aura of Floyd's headliners, the beloved gang of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. If you're not too sick of The Lumineers by now, they'll be strumming away, as well. In addition to these acts, alongside the epic Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, VA, this festival will host an incredible mix of feel-good performers: Jon Butler Trio, Citizen Cope, and Delta Rae (just to name a few). Their more organic artists span from Railroad Earth to Devil Makes Three, so if you couldn't decide on an indie, jam, or folk fest, Floyd's got all the variety you need.
4. Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 25-28)
If you happen to stumble upon Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary, Alberta, tucked along the Bow River, this festival's proud to announce our beloved Alabama Shakes as its headliner. If that isn't a good enough reason to go, you should consider the loveliness that The Cat Empire, Kurt Vile, and Theivery Corporation are sure to emulate here.
5. Hot August Blues (Aug 17)
Although it's only going on for a day, perhaps this is the fix you need if you're not the camping type. At the Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD, the rock steady Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are headlining this bluesy blissful day. Another notable act, Galactic, is also a must see. If you could imagine a band embracing the spirit and sound of Mardi Gras, this funkadelic jazz group is the jubilee any festival needs. Hot August Blues also has a roster that includes some notable old timers like Eddy Clearwater - who is sure to be impressed as the blues lover torch is passed along to the younger generations.
P.S. There are still tickets available for Friday at Newport Folk Festival, so if you're interested in checking out artists like Phosphorescent
and Feist, click here