This year’s 2013 Newport Folk Festival, July 26 – 28, will feature The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Beck, The Lumineers, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Beth Orton, Jason Isbell and many more.
You can now watch a live video stream of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival right here.
Folk music has been a presence in Newport since 1959, when the Newport Folk Festival was founded by George Wein. Backed by board members Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, and Albert Grossman, the Festival became renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez (who appeared as an unannounced guest of Bob Gibson in 1959), and Bob Dylan, whose first Newport appearance, as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963, is generally regarded as his premiere national performance.
Always a step ahead, the Festival cultivated a broad range of folk music, and continues to stretch the boundaries to this day. In the 1960s, there were famous performances by Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf, artists usually described as representing country music and blues respectively. The festival was associated with the 1960s Blues Revival, where artists “lost” since the 1940s (e.g. Delta blues singers) were “rediscovered”. And in the 80′s and 90′s, the festival brought in reggae, rock, and indie artists to broaden the Americana landscape.
You can also download songs from 5 New Faces of Folk at the festival including Cold Speck, The Lone Bellow, Frank Turner and more http://www.npr.org/2013/07/23/204836598/5-new-faces-of-folk-at-the-2013-newport-folk-festival