Newport Folk's 50th: Seeger, Del, FF, Decem


Newport Folk Festival 2008 by Amanda Albion
Ticket sale dates and a partial list of artists are set for George Wein's NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 50 (August 1 – 2) in historic Newport, RI. Produced by New Festival Productions, LLC, the festival will include two full days of music on three stages at Fort Adams State Park.

Among the confirmed artists for George Wein's FOLK FESTIVAL 50 are festival co-founder Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Arlo Guthrie, Fleet Foxes, Joan Baez, Neko Case, Billy Bragg, Campbell Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Judy Collins, Del McCoury, Iron & Wine, Joe Pug, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Balfa Toujours, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, Langhorne Slim, Ben Kweller and Low Anthem. The complete festival programs will be announced later this month.

Tickets for George Wein's FOLK FESTIVAL 50 go on sale Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m.

New Festival Productions, LLC is owned and operated by renowned music impresario George Wein, who co-founded the folk festival in Newport in 1959 with his wife Joyce and Pete and Toshi Seeger.

Check our coverage of Newport Folk Fest 2008 here.

[Published on: 4/17/09]

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dustmybroom starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/17/2009 09:10AM
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Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/17/2009 09:17AM
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Good to see Pete Seeger on the bill !!!

AintNoFreedom starstarstarstar Fri 4/17/2009 01:28PM
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Pretty good... Surprised to see Iron and Wine so far down on the list.

Atmosphere at Newport is weird, but now that I know what to expect I might head back... Waiting on Up Norths lineup.

djschusta Fri 4/17/2009 03:23PM
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Atmosphere is weird in Newport? Something about huge rockafeller mansions makes me uncomfortable.. you mean like that?

I really want to go to this, is it a good time?

AintNoFreedom Fri 4/17/2009 06:35PM
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Well, what I mean is there are a lot of stuffy elderly people there... People put out lawn chairs to keep their seats, I was yelled at to sit down by some dude in his 30's when I was dancing with my girl at Levon Helms set.

Not all bad at all though, the island is beautiful and I got really close for some special, memorable shows. Great weekend overall, but be prepared to shrug off some stiffs and realize a lot of people might find your good vibes to be annoying/weird/or "oh, how novel!".

AintNoFreedom Sat 4/18/2009 05:55AM
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Actually, by all means... go! I shouldn't shy any cool people who truly appreciate the music away from going. Let there be more of us! I think last year may have been particularly odd because it was the same weekend as Vibes.

djschusta Sat 4/18/2009 08:37AM
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Thanks for the input AintNo. I got shut out of fenway tickets and my funds are limited, so I think this is going to be a better time. Sure fenway was going to be a party, and this might be stuffy.. but this will be much more diverse and satisfying musically.

Tyler Durden Mon 4/20/2009 11:05AM
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Year after year, they do not fail to have stellar line-ups.