Beck took to the Newport Folk Festival where he brought out some pretty big stars on stage.
During Beck’s set, he brought out Sharon Van Etten, Jack Antonoff, and Fred Armisen for different songs. Most of Beck’s setlist featured songs from his ’90s albums alongside some deeper cuts. Beck even performed “Nitemare Hippie Girl.”
Van Etten took to the stage for an incredible performance of his 1994 One Foot in the Grave track, “Asshole.” Unfortunately for us, footage of that performance has yet to surface online. Antonoff joined Beck to cover The Korgis’ “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.” The pair offered up a heartwrenching twist on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind track. Toward the end of his set, Beck brought Armisen on stage to play the drums. Armisen drummed along to crowd pleasers like “Debra” and “loser,” and even cracked a few jokes.
Check out some fan-shot footage below.
I couldn’t stop laughing as #fredarmisen was rolled out during #beck #folkon Tuesday closer @Newportfolkfest great ending with Debra improv and Loser with @bleachersmusic @jackantonoff #fun #newportfolkfest pic.twitter.com/wv7tHioVGQ
— Arden Concert Gild (@ArdenConcerts) July 28, 2021
About Newport Folk Festival
While Newport Folk Festival usually takes place over just one weekend, this year operated a little differently. The 2021 edition of the event was divided over two back-to-back three day chunks. Each of those had their own distinct lineup. As a response to COVID-19, the festival was limited to just 5,000 attendees per day.
The event took place at the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island from July 23rd to 28th.
During last year’s virtual Newport Folk Festival, we got some pretty stunning covers and collabs. Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Barnett teamed up to cover Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free.” The cover is just absolutely stunning. Barnett’s smooth guitar line and casual melody fits with Bridgers’ high, silky vocal harmonies perfectly. Revisit that here.
Julien Baker, Jim James, The Decemberists, and more also covered Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” A whopping 20 artists teamed up for the cover, and music was directed by The Decemberists’ Chris Funk. It marked the closing number to the week-long virtual festival. Check out that performance here.