I'm lovin the folk festival line-up . . . it feels like a folk festival.
The idea that I can stroll down the street from the Ivy Lodge to enjoy the opening night of the folk festival makes attending this concert more enjoyable. As for the remaining concert, on the second and third night at Fort Adams, walk to a water taxis from the harbor over to the Fort, avoiding the traffic and taking in the views of the Harbor and Narragansett bay.
The venue at Fort Adams State Park, one of the park system's national treasures, is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage.
The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.
For its 50th anniversary, the Newport Folk Festival has recruited two artists who took the stage at the inaugural 1959 event: Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. Newer acts like Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, the Decemberists, Neko Case and Breaking artists the Low Anthem will also take part in "George Wein's Folk Festival 50," scheduled for July 31st-August 2nd.
TICKETS & OTHER INFORMATION
Tickets for George Wein's FOLK FESTIVAL 50 at Fort Adams State Park go on sale Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 AM on-line at www.folkfestival50.com, by phone at (800) 514-3849 and by mail. General admission tickets also can be purchased in person at the Visitor's Center at the Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau located at 23 America's Cup Avenue in Newport. General Admission seating is first-come first-serve on the lawn. Patrons may bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs. General Admission: Adult: $69.00 in advance, $75.00 on festival weekend, if available.
Parking: Children 3-15: $15.00 each day at all times; under 3, free. Adult Two-Day Passes: A limited number of two-day passes good for admission Saturday and Sunday will be available for $125.00 while they last.
Parking: On site festival parking: $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend.
Service Charges: Per ticket service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone and there is an additional per order charge for phone orders. There is a $4.00 handling charge per order for tickets ordered by mail.
In Rhode Island: General Admission tickets can be purchased in person at the Visitor's Center at the Newport County Convention Center & Visitor's Bureau at 23 America's Cup Ave. No service charges apply. Visit www.gonewport.com for ticket office hours and general information.
"The whole concept of the folk festival is a reunion of the old people to celebrate 50 years of folk music in Newport - and to show how many young people are involved with folk music," George Wein, who founded both the Folk Festival and the annual Newport Jazz Festival, told the AP. Wein indicated the recession threatened this year's celebrations - their long-running sponsor JVC was forced pull its support - but he kept the concerts alive by bankrolling the shows himself. "This is my life. To me, it's not business anymore I'm not doing this to make money," Wein said. "I have to put on my festival. It has to be a quality event. It has to take care of the crowd."
George Wein's Folk Festival 50 line up:
Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Arlo Guthrie, Fleet Foxes, Joan Baez, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Campbell Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, Iron & Wine,Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Balfa Toujours, Elvis Perkins in Dearland,Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, Langhorne Slim, Ben Kweller, Low Anthem
If you Take the Water Taxi to and from Fort Adams leaving from the Oldport dock on America's Cup Avenue in the same parking lot as the Mooring Restaurant. For more advice on enjoying the Newport Musical festivals, contact the Ivy Lodge concierge desk: 1.800.834.6865
Daily Schedule through Labor Day:
12:00 to 6:00 pm
Leaves the Oldport dock quarter past & quarter of the hour
Leaves the Museum of Yachting dock at Fort Adams on the hour and the 1/2 hour
Adult Round Trip: $5.00
Adult One Way: $3.00
Child under 12 Round Trip: $3.00
Child under 12 One Way: $2.00