Chaka Khan Dazzles in Surprise Newport Folk Festival Performance

Chaka Khan at the Newport Folk Festival in 2021
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The 2021 Newport Folk Festival briefly became the Newport Funk Festival on Sunday, July 25 thanks to a surprise appearance by Chaka Khan.

Headlining act Allison Russell's Once & Future Sounds welcomed the Grammy Award winner at the close of the long-running festival's opening weekend, where she delivered powerful renditions of "Ain't Nobody" and "I'm Every Woman" (which you can watch below).

READ MORE: Love What You Feel: Chaka Khan's Classic Tracks

The festival will continue throughout this week with performances by Ben Gibbard, Beck, Fred Armisen and others.

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