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Sweet Music
Sweet Music
Jay Sweet '88 combines a respect for tradition with a forward-thinking music sensibility to put the Newport Folk Festival back on top


Jay Sweet ’88 is kicking back on the deck of his family’s summer cottage in South Dartmouth, Mass., watching his children tumble back up from the shore carrying sea glass and shells.

It’s Aug. 14, 2014, and Sweet’s winding down from a major adrenaline rush. Just three weeks prior, in a haze of excitement and insomnia, he was at the helm of the Newport Folk Festival, the three-day mega music event he’s been producing since 2009.

As he recounts this year’s festival showstoppers and talks nearly without a breath about his latest favorite bands, he appears to have come only halfway down from the euphoria.

For Sweet, the music never really stops. Read the full article