Like all major music festivals in North America and beyond, Rhode Island’s long-running Newport Folk Festival (along with the Newport Jazz Festival) won’t be taking place this summer. Instead, festival organizers announced plans on Monday for an upcoming ‘Folk On Revival Weekend’ series of virtual programming to take place July 31st-August 2nd.
The virtual events will include ticketed video-based performances, along with free archive radio broadcasts from over 60 years of Newport Folk Festival sets to air from 11 a.m.—7:30 p.m. ET daily via terrestrial radio stations WFUV (New York City), WMVY (Martha’s Vineyard), and WEXT (Albany), along with video-based performance webcasts, and a very special film to close the weekend.
The ticketed video webcasts include Mavis Staples‘s 80th birthday all-star celebration show at Los Angeles’s Ace Hotel in 2019 which featured Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Trombone Shorty, Phoebe Bridgers, and more; and “Deer Tick & Friends” featuring a never-seen-before Deer Tick performance recorded in an empty Fort Adams with special guests including Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten, The Tallest Man On Earth, and more joining remotely. Money raised from the two tickets webcasts will go to benefit the Newport Festivals Foundation.
Newport Folk Festival Executive Producer Jay Sweet explains,
In the history of this festival, there has never been a time like we’re in now. A global pandemic shuttering our plans to congregate before quickly shifting into the biggest civil rights movement in over 50 years. Many of our lives have drastically changed, financially, emotionally, and/or irrevocably. It has been painful for many of us, on the front lines fighting the pandemic, on the front lines fighting social injustice and especially for those losing loved ones along the way. While it was an emotional gut punch to cancel the festival in a year where it is so clearly needed, we felt it was imperative to our community to do something. Music has always brought our family together, even when we’re divided. The Newport stage has always been a sanctuary for artists to speak their minds on the times in front of us, not with merely one voice alone, but many in unison. This year’s Newport is no exception, collectively representing what it feels like to be human in today’s world by amplifying our convictions. For 2020 these voices will be our megaphone, these events our stage.
Click here for more info on the upcoming ‘Folk On Revival Weekend’ event.
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