Lineup revealed for 2011 Newport Folk Festival

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An exciting mix of folk music’s founding voices and modern favorites highlight the lineup for this year’s Newport Folk Festival, which will return to Fort Adams State Park on July 30 and 31. Headlining the historic two-day festival, which will be celebrating its 52nd year, will be The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch. They’ll be joined by mix of veterans including Earl Scruggs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wanda Jackson and Mavis Staples, as well as more contemporary favorites such as Amos Lee, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward and Tegan & Sara.

Also set to perform in Neport are The Felice Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Delta Spirit, The Wailin’ Jennys, Freelance Whales, The Secret Sisters, Trampled by Turtles and The Civil Wars. Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka and Liz Queler will team up for collaborative “song circle” set. Of course, the festival will feature a handful of bands with local ties including David Wax Museum, Mountain Man, the What Cheer? Brigade, Brown Bird, and Middle Brother, which features Rhode Island native and Deer Tick frontman John McCauley. The complete lineup for both days is available below. Performances will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each day and more artists will be added to the lineup at a later date. A Friday night event is also under consideration.

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Single-day general admission tickets will be available for $69 in advance or $77 on the festival weekend, if available. Discounted tickets for children between the ages of 3 and 15 will be available for $15 and children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. A limited number of two-day passes good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday will be available for $125 while they last.

“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 the festival co-producer Jay Sweet in a press release.  “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.”

George Wein, President of the Newport Festivals Foundation and Producer of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, added, “One of the best elements to a festival is the mingling of musicians, sounds and spirits, and this year’s edition of Newport Folk strongly builds upon the tradition that Pete and I first set into motion in 1959.”

The festival will be produced by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Alex and Ani, a eco-friendly jewelry and lifestyle brand based in Cranston, Rhode Island, will serve as the primary sponsor for the Harbor Stage.

2011 Newport Folk Festival line-up:

Saturday, July 30
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
The Ebony Hillbillies
River City Extension
PS22 Chorus

Sunday, July 31
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

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