Newport Folk Festival: Emmylou, Decemberists, Elvis Costello

TWO DAYS OF TOP FLIGHT MUSIC IN RHODE ISLAND

Elvis Costello
The 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival will return to Newport's Fort Adams State Park on July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event. Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.

“In an age when it's increasingly common to see tour buses roll on to the next gig as soon as sets end, artists linger at this festival, sometimes for the whole weekend, just to hang out or sit in, creating an annual, defacto Folk summit by the sea,” said Jay Sweet, Folk Festival co-producer. “The goal, as always, is to serve the Festival's musical heritage, which to me is paying respect to older groundbreakers while championing young chance takers. This is Newport's blueprint, written by George Wein and Bob Jones, who along with co-founder Pete Seeger, often remind me that folk music is, and will always be, a living tradition, constantly evolving. As long as we stay true to this simple credo, we'll be around another half century and beyond.”

The 2011 Newport Folk Festival line-up features:

SATURDAY, JULY 30 - 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
The Decemberists
Gillian Welch
Earl Scruggs
Gogol Bordello
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Tegan & Sara
Mavis Staples
The Felice Brothers
Delta Spirit
Freelance Whales
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three
What Cheer? Brigade
The Devil Makes Three
Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka & Liz Queler
The Wailin’ Jennys
Typhoon
The Ebony Hillbillies
River City Extension
PS22 Chorus

SUNDAY, JULY 31 - 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Emmylou Harris
Elvis Costello (Solo Acoustic)
Amos Lee
M. Ward
Wanda Jackson
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Middle Brother
Justin Townes Earle
The Secret Sisters
Trampled by Turtles
The Civil Wars
The Head and The Heart
The Cave Singers
David Wax Museum
Mountain Man
The Seeger Clogging All-Stars
BrownBird

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am on-line, by phone and by mail. General admission tickets (single-day passes only) also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue. There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.

http://www.newportfolkfest.net/

[Published on: 3/29/11]

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