Backstage "in" South Florida: Frenzied at Newport Folk Festival

Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: A first time visit to the Newport Folk Festival.

I never really hit the festival circuit during my younger years. Never went to Woodstock, never been to Lollapalooza. Hell, never even hit the Miami Pop Festival, even though I lived only a few miles away. I'm not sure why that was either. Perhaps the whole concept seemed a bit intimidating, all those people, the lack of proximity to the stage, the craziness that was bound to ensue. Well actually, that last factor might have encouraged to me to attend had it not been for the fact that the first two kept me away.