Lineup announced for 2012 Newport Folk Festival

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Once again, the Newport Folk Festival will celebrate the festival’s historic past and future by showcasing emerging young artists alongside some of folk music’s most venerable names. My Morning Jacket and Jackson Browne will headline the 53rd edition of the historical festival this summer, which is is scheduled to take place on July 28 and 29 at Fort Adams State Park. Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Punch Brothers, Tom Morello also highlight the list of acts set to perform at the legendary Rhode Island music festival.

The 2012 Newport Folk Festival will host the Guthrie Family Reunion featuring folk veteran Arlo Guthrie with Abe Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. The Guthrie theme will continue with a performance from New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames) performing a set of original music set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie. Deer Tick and Brown Bird will once again give the festival a local flair, whle other highlights include Dawes, The Head & The Heart, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, Sharon Van Etten, Sara Watkins and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. The complete lineup for each day is available below.

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival are now on sale through Ticketmaster. A limited number of adult two-day passes are available for $135. Single day adult tickets are $74 in advance, or if available, $84 at the gate. Children’s tickets for ages 3 to 15 are $15 per day, while children under 3 will be admitted for free. Parking passes are also available on-line for $12.

“There’s nothing better than knowing that there are thousands of people who love the Newport Folk Festival as much as we do and they want to see it live for years to come,” said Jay Sweet, festival producer, in a press release. “Our Folk Family proved it last year and they are proving it again as we listen to and read the many wonderful comments from people who have already planned to attend the festival even before this announcement. We are extremely humbled to have the support of the fans and the artists who help to make Newport the best place in the world for our annual Newport Folk Festival Family Reunion.”

“I, too, was overwhelmed by the tremendous showing of love from the festival’s fans. Not only did they turn out in full force to hear the music, selling out both days, they also contributed to the legacy of the festival by supporting a benefit for the Newport Festivals Foundation,” added George Wein, festival Founder and CEO of Newport Festivals Foundation.

“Having been fortunate enough to play Newport Folk a number of times by myself, and with a number of different artists and friends, I’m now super excited to have the opportunity to play with my oldest pals in My Morning Jacket!” said Jim James, who is also confirmed to take the Newport stage with New Multitudes.”This is a wonderful occasion for us to play a unique set in the spirit of the festival, and create some new memories together alongside our friends in Newport.”

2012 Newport Folk Festival line-up:

Saturday, July 28
My Morning Jacket
Iron & Wine
Patty Griffin
Guthrie Family Reunion
City & Colour
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Deer Tick
Blind Pilot
Alabama Shakes
Sharon Van Etten
First Aid Kit
Brown Bird
Jonny Corndawg
Frank Fairfield
Spirit Family Reunion
Robert Ellis
Apache Relay
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Sunday, July 29
Jackson Browne
Conor Oberst
Punch Brothers
Tallest Man on Earth
The Head & The Heart
Gary Clark, Jr.
Trampled By Turtles
Tom Morello
Of Monsters and Men
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames
Sara Watkins
Carl Broemel
Ben Sollee
Spider John Koerner
Jonathan Wilson
Deep Dark Woods
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Kossoy Sisters
Joel Rafael

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