The Newport Folk Festival is historically significant, not just because of its ever-exciting, often bleeding edge lineup, but because in 1965 Bob Dylan decided to plug in and play electric, much to the dismay of a large portion of the crowd. That set forever changed people's ideas about where folk and pop music intersected.
Running annually since 1959, the Rhode Island festival finds the best and most interesting acts consistently, and this year is no exception.
The full lineup was just announced, and Arizona's own Calexico is one of the more talked about acts, as are Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Andrew Bird, Woodstock opener Richie Havens, and two personal favorites of mine, Blitzen Trapper and O'Death. While some of these bands push the boundaries of folk and roots music, they fit in perfectly at the controversial Newport Folk Fest.
See the complete lineup and more music news after the jump...
Friday, July 30 pre-show:
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Saturday, July 31:
The Low Anthem
Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket
Doc Watson & David Holt
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Sunday, August 1:
Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road
The Swell Season
The Avett Brothers
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Justin Townes Earle
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Punch Brothers with Chris Thile
The Felice Brothers
Tao Seeger Band
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
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