Newport Folk taps Yim Yames, Andrew Bird, Avett Brothers

Given its history (if you don’t know it, consult Wikipedia), the Newport Folk Festival, now known as George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival, has set quite a precedent for itself. Yet each year, the Rhode Island based festival continues to prove that it is one of the must-attend events of the summer.

Just take one look at this year’s lineup, which features a mix of both old favorites (Levon Helm, John Prine, and Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers) as well as some of indie’s biggest names (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, aka Yim Yames, The Avett Brothers, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings). What’s more, Andrew Bird will use Newport to make his only live performance of the summer, while the likes of Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, The Swell Season, A.A. Bondy, and Justin Townes Earle are also confirmed to take part. The complete lineup can be viewed here; expect even more names to be announced soon!

Three-day passes will go on sale beginning Friday, March 26th at 10:00 AM EST. One-day passes will also be available. You can find the current day-by-day scheduled here. This year’s festival takes place from July 30-August 1.


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