Newport Folk Fest continues to build up to its return to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on July 26th-28th this summer. On Wednesday, event organizers announced veteran rock guitarist and singer Warren Haynes has been added to the 2019 lineup, to perform on Friday of the festival.
Haynes now joins an impressive 2019 NFF lineup which already features Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Benmont Tench, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Maggie Rogers, Sheryl Crow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. It’s worth noting that the three-day festival, which is famous for its live collaborations and surprise sit-in’s, is still in the process of unveiling its lineup of performers, so fans should keep their eyes and ears open for more announcements coming as summer quickly approaches.
As the event does with all of their performers, Haynes’ involvement means Newport Festival’s Foundation has made a donation on behalf of a charity of the artist’s choice. In Haynes’ case, the festival has made a donation to Little Kids Rock, a non-profit which teaches kids how to perform, improvise, and compose using the popular styles that they know and love.
“Knowing how influential music has been in my life, its upsetting that due to lack of resources like instruments or teachers, many children don’t have the access to music education,” Haynes added in a statement to go with his involvement in this year’s event. “Little Kids Rocks helps remove the barriers standing between many students and their dreams of being able to learn about and play music.”
Fans can head to the festival’s website for tickets and general info for this year’s event.
2019 ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT: Please welcome @thewarrenhaynes to this summer’s Friday lineup. @newportfestsorg has made a donation on behalf of Warren to @littlekidsrock. Learn more: https://t.co/vfgNaE9S0i pic.twitter.com/DdDveJWTao
— Newport Folk Fest (@Newportfolkfest) May 1, 2019