NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

 

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Newport Folk Festival

Courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Folk_Festival

History

The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, backed by its original board: Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, Pete Seeger and Albert Grossman.

The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez (who appeared as an unannounced guest of Bob Gibson in 1959), and Bob Dylan (managed by Grossman), whose first Newport appearance in 1963 is generally regarded as his premiere national performance. Dylan became the artist most famously (and infamously) associated with the festival. In 1963 and 1964, Dylan was accompanied by Joan Baez.

The festival draws on folk music in a wide and loosened sense. For instance, in the 1960s there were famous performances by Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf, artists usually described as representing country music and blues respectively. The festival was associated with the 1960s Blues Revival, where artists "lost" since the 1940s (e.g. Delta blues singers) were "rediscovered".

Concerts have been a rich source of recordings. Murray Lerner directed the 1967 film Festival based on the 1963-1965 festivals, now available on DVD.

The Electric Dylan Controversy

Bob Dylan's 1963 and 1964 performances had made him popular with the Newport crowd, but on July 25, 1965 Dylan was booed by some fans when he played with backing from Mike Bloomfield on Guitar and others from an electric blues/rock and roll band known as The Paul Butterfield Blues Band while headlining the festival. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd's hostile reception was Dylan's 'abandoning' of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two). This incident, Dylan's first live 'plugged-in' set of his professional career, marked the shift in his artistic direction from folk to rock, and had wider implications for both styles of music.

Recent years

The Newport Folk Festival fell on hard times in the later 1960s, even closing its doors for a number of years, beginning in 1971, but was revived in 1985, and has since become one of the major folk music festivals in the United States, alongside the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which began in 1960 and is now the longest continual running music festival in North America, and the Kerrville Folk Festival which began in 1972.

The Newport festival has run without interruption ever since 1985, although in a different form from its 1960s heyday; the event has gone from not-for-profit to for-profit, the crowd has shrunk from 20,000 to 10,000 and evening concerts have been canceled. Furthermore, the festival has enlisted the aid of major sponsors, including Ben & Jerry's and Dunkin' Donuts. The 2007 festival featured musicians such as Linda Ronstadt, who was the Friday night headliner, in addition to other well known musicians such as the Allman Brothers Band, Emmylou Harris, Alejandro Escovedo, Cheryl Wheeler, Hazel Dickens and Ralph Stanley. The 2008 Newport Folk Festival headliners included Jimmy Buffett, Stephen and Damian Marley, The Black Crowes, Levon Helm and Jakob Dylan.

 

 

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

 

VENUE YEAR MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
  1959              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 11, 1959 Bob Gibson Joan Baez          
  1960              
                 
  1961              
                 
  1962              
                 
  1963              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 26, 1963 Bob Dylan Freedom Singers Peter, Paul & Mary     YES Recorded
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 27, 1963 Judy Collins Doc Watson John Lee Hooker        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 28, 1963 Joan Baez Ramblin' Jack Elliott Pete Seeger     YES  
  1964              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 24, 1964 Joan Baez Johnny Cash Phil Ochs        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 25, 1964 Peter, Paul & Mary Judy Collins         Recorded
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 26, 1964 Bob Dylan Pete Seeger       YES Recorded
  1965              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 22, 1965 Joan Baez Maybelle Carter Josh White        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 23, 1965 Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon Peter, Paul & Mary Pete Seeger        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 24, 1965 Horton Barker Oscar Brand Norman Kennedy        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 25, 1965 Bob Dylan Paul Butterfield Blues Band Gordon Lightfoot     YES Recorded
  1966              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 21, 1966 Judy Collins Bob Gibson Phil Ochs        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 22, 1966 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Skip James Jimmie Driftwood        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 23, 1966 Chuck Berry Lovin' Spoonful Ramblin' Jack Elliott        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 24, 1966 Richie Havens Tom Paxton Pete Seeger        
  1967              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 15, 1967 Muddy Waters Chamber Brothers Maybelle Carter        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 16, 1967 Joan Baez Joni Mitchell Janis Ian   YES    
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 16, 1967 Judy Collins Leonard Cohen Arlo Guthrie   YES    
  1968              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 25, 1968 Richie Havens Taj Mahal Jerry Merrick        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 26, 1968 Joan Baez Arlo Guthrie Pete Seeger        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 27, 1968 Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother & Holding Company B.B. King Joni Mitchell   YES    
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 28, 1968 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Taj Mahal Tim Buckley       Set List
  1969              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 17, 1969 Johnny Cash with June Carter Carl Perkins & The Tennessee Three Buffy Sainte Marie        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 18, 1969 Big Mama Thornton Muddy Waters Taj Mahal        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 19, 1969 Arlo Guthrie Joni Mitchell Every Brothers        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 20, 1969 James Taylor Van Morrison Pete Seeger        
  1970 - 1984              
NO SHOWS NO SHOWS NO SHOWS NO SHOWS NO SHOWS        
  1985              
                 
                 
  1986              
                 
                 
  1987              
                 
                 
  1988              
                 
                 
  1989              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 29, 1989 Leon Redbone Pete Seeger John Lee Hooker        
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 30, 1989 B. B. King Emmylou Harris John Hiatt        
  1990              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1991              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1992              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1993              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1994              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1995              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1996              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park August 10, 1996 Greg Brown Suzanne Vega          
  1997              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  1999              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  2000              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  2001              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park                
  2002              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park August 3, 2002 Bob Dylan         YES  Set List
  2003              
                 
  2004              
                 
  2005              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park August 7, 2005 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Buddy Miller Gillian Welch     YES SET LIST
  2006              
                 
  2007              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park August 4, 2007 Allman Brothers Band           Set List
  2008              
                 
  2009              
                 
  2010              
                 
  2011              
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams Park July 31, 2011 Emmylou Harris  Elvis Costello & The Imposters Amos Lee      YES Recorded
  2012              
                 

 

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