Wednesday, February 29, 2012
– My Morning Jacket, Patty Griffin and Jackson Browne are among the artists named Wednesday to play at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
The event will be July 28-29 at Fort Adams State Park. Tickets go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 1, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
Others in this year's line-up include Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, The New Multitudes featuring original music from Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
Last year's festival sold out.
"There's nothing better than knowing that there are thousands of people who love the Newport Folk Festival as much as we do and they want to see it live for years to come," said Jay Sweet, festival producer. "Our Folk Family proved it last year, and they are proving it again as we listen to and read the many wonderful comments from people who have already planned to attend the festival even before this announcement. We are extremely humbled to have the support of the fans and the artists who help to make Newport the best place in the world for our annual Newport Folk FestivalFamily Reunion."
"I, too, was overwhelmed by the tremendous showing of love from the festival's fans. Not only did they turn out in full force to hear the music, selling out both days, they also contributed to the legacy of the festival by supporting a benefit for the Newport Festivals Foundation." added George Wein, festival Founder and CEO of Newport Festivals Foundation.
"Having been fortunate enough to play Newport Folk a number of times by myself, and with a number of different artists and friends, I'm now super excited to have the opportunity to play with my oldest pals in My Morning Jacket," said Jim James, who is also confirmed to take the Newport stage with New Multitudes." This is a wonderful occasion for us to play a unique set in the spirit of the festival, and create some new memories together alongside our friends in Newport."