Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: Newport Folk 2010 WFUV-FM

One of the most self-assured stage performers in the business, Jones performs live in Newport, R.I.

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David Wax Museum performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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David Wax Museum: Newport Folk 2010

The roots-folk band won a contest to play Newport, but it didn't take long to prove it belonged.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros: Newport Folk 2010

The best place to take in the 10-piece band's gloriously uplifting ruckus is on the concert stage.

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April Smith performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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April Smith: Newport Folk 2010

Hear Smith's buoyantly quirky, charmingly timeless songs, performed live in Newport, R.I.

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Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee (not pictured) performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore: Newport Folk 2010

Hear the Kentucky singer-songwriters pay tribute to mountain life, recorded live in Newport, R.I.

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Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Pokey LaFarge: Newport Folk 2010

The wandering, free-spirited folk-rock troubadour and his band perform live in Newport, R.I.

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Tao Seeger Band: Newport Folk 2010 WFUV-FM

The grandson of folk great Pete Seeger has carried on in the family tradition of musical activism.

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