Newport Folk Festival Listen to concerts from this year's main stage.

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Mavis Staples, Live In Concert

Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Mavis Staples In Concert

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Newport Folk 2014 In Photos

We saw more than 50 bands over three days during the 55th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival in seaside Rhode Island. Here are some of the moments we'll remember.

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Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert

The resume of Jeff Tweedy includes groundbreaking bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a new album made with his teenage son. Tweedy performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Jeff Tweedy In Concert

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Conor Oberst, Live In Concert

The Bright Eyes singer has learned to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship. Conor Oberst performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Conor Oberst In Concert

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Taylor Goldsmith of the band Dawes performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Dawes, Live In Concert

A heartwarming crowd-pleaser on stage and record, Dawes has become a Newport Folk Festival mainstay. The California roots-rock band performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Dawes In Concert

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Tim Perry and the band Ages and Ages perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Ages And Ages, Live In Concert

The shambling folk-rock sing-alongs of this Portland group are infused with communal spirit and heart-filling inspiration. Ages and Ages performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

Ages And Ages In Concert

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The Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert

The gospel choir, featuring some of the best and brightest from Boston's talent-rich Berklee College of Music, opens the proceedings on Sunday, July 27 at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

Berklee Gospel & Roots Ensemble In Concert

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Deer Tick, Live In Concert

Think of Newport Folk staples Deer Tick as a turbo-charged bar band, free-wheeling and versatile. The group performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

Deer Tick In Concert

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Chris Thile and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Nickel Creek, Live In Concert

The trio of onetime child prodigies returned this year after a seven year hiatus with no loss of creativity or chops. Nickel Creek performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

Nickel Creek In Concert

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Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert

Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst radiates knockabout charm. Shovels & rope performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

Shovels & Rope In Concert

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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert

A man out of time, Pokey LaFarge never feels like a mere novelty act. His songs are too sturdy, with too much infectious energy. He performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, June 26.

Pokey LaFarge In Concert

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Aoife O'Donovan performs with bassist Paul Kowert at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert

Former Crooked Still member Aoife O'Donovan's latest album, the lovely folk-pop Fossils, established her as a formidable solo artist. She performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

Aoife O'Donovan In Concert

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Band Of Horses, Live In Concert

A group with cinematic sweep hardwired into its sound, Band of Horses is tailor-made for outdoor performances. The group performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

Band Of Horses In Concert

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Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert

From spiky rock to country and folk-tinged pop, Jenny Lewis remains one of the smartest songwriters in the business. She performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.