The Newport Folk Festival announced its 53rd year last night with headliners which capture the spirit of the festival's versatile tastes and broad definition of "folk music."
For example, Saturday July 28th's top-billed artists include My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, and a Guthrie Family Reunion (presumably part of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday celebration - sure to be a central draw to this year's Newport). Sunday's headliners include Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, The Head & the Heart, and the Punch Brothers.
Further down the bill, newcomer envelope-pushers like Alabama Shakes, Ben Sollee, Trampled by Turtles, Jonny Corndawg, Frank Fairfield, Honeyhoney, and others round out the bill. For a full look at the 2012 Newport lineup (and ticketing info), visit NewportFolkFest.net.
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