Chris Thile and Michael Daves at the Newport Folk Festival


The Newport Folk Festival is an annual pilgrimage for lovers of this music. It is a magical weekend on the water were audiences are privy to legends like Pete Seeger and new generation masters like Chris Thile and Michael Daves. I lament that I am not there to partake this year, but NPR and the tech savvy crowd aren't leaving much to the imagination. This impromptu video of an impromptu performance is a choice example of the organic happenings that can happen there. The duo was joined by the Seeger Clogging Allstars in this performance of the Rocky Road Blues. Fun is the key word – fun for the musicians and fun for the crowd. It also doesn't hurt that the world's preeminent bluegrass mandolin player is there to throw down and make it look easy.