Getting ready for July.
Hi folks, hard to believe it’s already that time of year- the 2014 Early Bird Ticket Announcement. It’s also the time when people start asking about the line-up, so we want to address both points. We’re continuing the tradition of rewarding our loyal folk by offering 10% of our tickets at the Early Bird price. As in years past, it’s likely to sell out quickly. Luckily, once the Early Bird is gone, all other ticket types will become available.
Now, regarding the line-up: as a small non-profit organization, we have a budget that is a fraction of most major music festivals. That being said, we strive to bring you the best lineup possible without charging major festival prices. In order to accomplish this, there are tradeoffs we need to make, such as not announcing artists until a set date and time in order to satisfy certain contractual or marketing obligations. This is why we do a rolling line-up.
We hope you understand and support our decision to put our tickets on sale this way; it’s simply the best way to give you the best line-up for the best price.
two of my favorite gents from Newport Folk Fest 2013: Langhorne Slim and Jim James
No argument there.
As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we wanted to take a minute to say thank you for supporting our foundation and our festival. You are the reason we do what we do, and for that we are continually grateful. Following tradition, we say goodbye to 2013 with short video tribute to last year’s festival from our pals at SoPa Productions, before turning our focus on Newport Folk 2014. Just a small reminder of the good times we had and the good times ahead. Be safe. Be happy, and we’ll see you in the New Year.
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."
The Avett Brothers Perform “Morning Song”
Backstage at the Newport Folk Festival.
This is why we do this.
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.”
Catching up on a few things…
Hurray For The Riff Raff & Spirit Family Reunion at The Sinclair earlier this month. Take a look at upcoming events from our Newport Folk Presents series here.