+ August 3, 2002
I just got back from the Newport Folk Festival featuring Bob Dylan. I actually don't know that much about Bob Dylan, so I won't say anything about the performance. I will make a couple of general observations:
The Bob Dylan / Folk Festival crowd is a strange breed. For music so friendly I'm really surprised at the lack of courtesy of some of the people in the audience. I didn't like the way everybody brought lawn chairs and blankets, claiming a huge 7x7ish area solely for their feet. There just wasn't enough room for everyone to do this and those who packed light (no blanket) or arrived a little late didn't have a chance of sitting down anywhere (not that you'd want to sit for Dylan, but there was no more space when people stood up either, because they still had their blankets and chairs taking up all the prime space.
Fort Adams Park or the City of Newport did a terrible job planning the way people would get around. We were selected to be in the "take the long way" lane that sent us on a scenic and slow drive around the area. It took ages but I'm glad for it because I got to see some massive mansions (I know that, by definition, mansions are massive, but I want to point out that these are crazy-big mansions, bigger that what I used to think of as "mansions".)