We get to hear some pretty amazing stories when in the company of our founder and living legend George Wein. Here’s a great one about bluesman Robert Pete Williams.
"In the early days of the Folk Festival, we were able to get blues singer Robert Pete Williams to appear on furlough from Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Robert Pete actually arrived a day or two early in Newport. Howlin’ Wolf was also our guest that year and Robert Pete asked Howlin’ Wolf where the ‘colored’ bathrooms were at the festival. Wolf had to explain to Robert Pete that things were a little different up here. Every day you learn about the different lives people live."
George Wein, founder of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, sits next to the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar played by musician Bob Dylan on July 25, 1965 at Newport Folk Festival, better known as “the night Dyan went electric” at an auction preview at Christie’s on November 25, 2013 in New York City. The guitar is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.
One year ago, the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island’s Federal Hill reopened its doors after three years of renovation and community assistance. Internationally acclaimed band The Low Anthem was one of the main names behind the venue’s re-launch, hosting a night of music coined as the “Revival.”
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