Newport Folk Festival came to a close by honoring the festival’s most iconic moment as a slew of musicians came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s famed electric set at the festival.
Dubbed “‘65 Revisited,” the set started off with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings offering up an acoustic rendition of “Mr. Tambourine Man” before Willie Watson came out for “All I Really Want to Do,” playing both harmonica and guitar and matching Dylan’s vocals with his own. Welch, Rawlings and Watson joined forces as a trio for “Love Minus Zero” and the final acoustic number of the evening came in the form of “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” with Welch and Rawlings.
Dawes then made a surprise appearance at the festival, serving as the house band from the start of the following “Maggie’s Farm” for the electric portion of the evening. Over the next hour, the band would be joined by the likes of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, John and Ian of Deer Tick, Blake Mills, Robyn Hitchcock, Hozier, members of First Aid Kit and Al Kooper, who performed with Dylan during his famed Newport performance.
Both Goldsmith and Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil used Dylan’s Stratocaster at various points throughout the set. Among the highlights throughout the rest of the show included a rocking “Outlaw Blues” with Deer Tick and Dawes teaming up as well as a “Visions of Johanna” with Robyn Hitchcock on vocals. Hitchcock remarked that the tune “might be the greatest song ever written.”
The set closed with Taylor Goldsmith inviting everyone on stage including those who sat in along with various musicians who were standing sidestage including members of Spirit Family Reunion and others. Dawes then led the ensemble on a rowdy closing singalong on “Rainy Day Woman” before exiting.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
Mr. Tamourine Man (Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings)
All I Really Want to Do (Willie Watson)
Love Minus Zero (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and Willie Watson)
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings)
Maggie’s Farm (Dawes)
Takes a Train to Cry (Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Welch, Dawes, Al Kooper)
Tom’s Thumbs Blues (Pres Hall, Welch, Dawes, Rawlings, Kooper, Hozier and First Aid Kit)
Outlaw Blues (Deer Tick, Dawes, Al Kooper)
Just Like a Woman (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Kooper and Blake Mills)
Visions of Johanna (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Al Kooper and Robyn Hitchcock)
Sooner of Later One of Us Must Know (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Al Kooper)
Like a Rolling Stone (Welch, Rawlings, Dawes, Kooper)
Rainy Day Woman (Everybody)