Newport Folk Festival lineup announced

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After one of its most successful years ever, the Newport Folk Festival will continue this summer with two days in the sun at Fort Adams State Park. A mix of contemporary and classic artists will be featured throughout this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. Highlighting the list of performers are The Avett Brothers, Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road, The Swell Season, John Pine, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket (better known as Jim James), Brandi Carlile and Andrew Bird.

Officially named George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival after its co-founder, the festival will also welcome Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O’Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O’Death and Liz Longley. More artists will be announced at a later date. The complete breakdown of artists performing each day is available below.

The festival will kick off with a special concert from Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, July 30. Tim O’Brien and Sarah Jarosz will also perform.

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Tickemaster. Two-day passes will be available for $125 while single day tickets will be sold for $69. Discounted tickets for children aged 3 to 15 will be available for $15 each day. Tickets for the kick-off show range in price from $30 to $85.

“Newport is like a second home to me and I always look forward to the next visit,” said Wein in a press release. “After celebrating the 50th anniversary with Pete [Seeger] and 17,000 fans, I can’t wait to see the magic unfold over the three days.”

“There is something so perfect about being in Newport near the water and that old stone fort – all gathered in to sing with family and friends – that keeps me wanting to come back year after year,” explained Yames in a press release.  “It’s like the walls of the fort are arms, and I feel secure when I am near them, protected by the spirits there – past, present, and future.  And, I like to hear our voices bouncing off those old stone walls as my eye drifts to the sailboats on the seashore and the people just smiling and taking it all in.”

2010 Newport Folk Festival Lineup

Friday, July 30 ~ 8:00 pm at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Tim O’Brien
Sarah Jarosz
Saturday, July 31 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park

John Prine
Andrew Bird
Brandi Carlile
The Low Anthem
Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket
Doc Watson & David Holt
Liz Longley
Blitzen Trapper
A.A. Bondy
Sam Bush

Sunday, August 1 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park

Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road
The Swell Season
The Avett Brothers
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Richie Havens
Justin Townes Earle
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Punch Brothers with Chris Thile
The Felice Brothers
Tao Seeger Band
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three

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