Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival will be available on the festival website starting Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. The festival will be held July 30-31 in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island. Musicians scheduled to perform span a variety of folk music, from traditional to pop-folk to folk rock to blues and even a brass band, and a variety of experience levels from classic to newfound. I enjoyed going through the groups and finding a few new candidates for my personal music library.
Saturday’s lineup includes The Decemberists, Gillian Welch, Gogol Bordello, Earl Scruggs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples, The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales, The Devil Makes Three, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Typhoon, River City Extension, PS22 Chorus (a nationally recognized elementary school chorus), The Wailin’ Jennys, The Ebony Hillbillies and the What Cheer? Brigade (that’s the brass band). Events also include a Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka and Liz Queler. (Note for Mac users: the PS22 website crashed my Safari browser twice in a row but worked fine with Firefox.)
Sunday’s performers are Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Amos Lee, M.Ward, Wanda Jackson, Middle Brother, Justin Townes Earle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, Trampled By Turtles, The Cave Singers, The Head & The Heart, Secret Sisters, David Wax Museum, Mountain Man, Brown Bird and The Seeger Clogging All-Stars, led by Tao Seeger.
Tickets are expected to go quickly, so early purchases are advised.