Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Graham Nash, Ryan Adams on Newport Folk Festival Lineup

by VVN Music

Just as most major jazz festivals have expanded to all forms of music, so has the iconic Newport Folk Festival.

This year's event, scheduled for July 22 to 24 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, includes very little of the traditional folk music that it was so well known for in its early years. It was at Newport, in 1965, that Bob Dylan stunned the audience by bringing electric instruments on the stage, something that, up until that time, was not allowed. Word is that Pete Seger threatened to pull the plug on the amps and a number of folk purists booed Dylan.

The festival started in 1959 and ran until 1971 (skipping 1961 and 1962) when it stopped for over a decade, returning in 1985. As with all festivals, the range of music allowed has widened continuously over the years and it now has sponsors which would have been unheard of in its younger days.

This year's lineup is no exception to the trend among festivals, bringing in such veterans as Patti Smith, Elvis Costello and Graham Nash to join more modern artists like Alabama Shakes, Norah Jones, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the currently hot Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

This year's lineups:

Friday, July 22
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • 'Ray Lamontagne
  • The Arcs
  • Violent Femmes
  • case/lang/veirs (Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs)
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Brett Dennen
  • Matthew Logan Vasquez
  • The Staves
  • Aoife O'Donovan
  • Radical Face
  • Fruit Bats
  • Raury
  • Basia Bulat
  • Amasa Hines
  • Wild Child 
  • Freakwater
  • J.P. Harris
Saturday, July 23
  • Patti Smith
  • Norah Jones
  • Ryan Adams with the Infamous Stringdusters featuring Nicki Bluhm
  • Graham Nash
  • Father John Misty
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Del & Dawg (Del McCoury & David Grisman)
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Dave Simonett & Dave Caroll
  • Margo Price
  • Amy Helm
  • Rayland Baxter
  • John Moreland
  • Songhoy Blues
  • Lady Lamb
  • Ruby Amanfu
  • The Cactus Blossoms
  • Banditos
Sunday, July 24
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Elvis Costello
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Middle Brother
  • Glen Hansard
  • Phil Cook Presents "Southland Revue" Featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Brian Fallon
  • The Oh Hellos
  • Hayes Carll
  • Villagers
  • The Strumbellas
  • Son Little
  • Julien Baker
  • Joan Shelley
  • River Whyless
  • Ian Fitzgerald with Smith & Weeden
  • Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir

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