Jimmy Buffett, The Black Crowes, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan Lead New Take On Historic 2008 Newport Folk Festival

April 17, 2008

From its Friday evening show at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino to its three-stage weekend layout at Fort Adams State Park, the 2008 Newport Folk Festival promises to bring the original essence that the fans have come to expect through a careful curatorial approach that links our collective musical heritage with the music of today.  

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 23 at 9am, with single day tickets and a limited number of discounted two-day passes available at that time.  For more information on package features and pricing, visit www.festivalnetwork.com.

“We have taken great care in selecting the artists for this year’s Newport Folk Festival,” commented Tom Shepard, CEO of The Festival Network. “The festival is one of the oldest music events in the United States and this year’s lineup will respect its storied history while bringing in a new crop of artists that represent the future of American music.”

The new booking approach by The Festival Network aims to reestablish one of America’s oldest and most beloved music festivals among the country’s top summer destinations.  With respect to the history and tradition of the festival, each artist’s set will be unique to the event.  From rare song renditions to complete acoustic sets to the intimate beauty of the legendary surroundings, this year’s festival will stand out as a memorable turning point for years to come.

Founded in 1959, The Newport Folk Festival has become an institution, renowned for presenting well-known folk stars alongside the best new talent of the day in one of the most beautifully intimate settings America can offer.  From Joan Baez, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, to The Pixies, Bright Eyes and Wilco, the Newport Folk Festival continues to present nationally known performers as well as traditional folk and roots artists alongside new artists from a wide variety of genres including folk/rock, indie rock, bluegrass, country, alt-country, blues, grassroots and world music.  

Below is the lineup for the 2008 Newport Folk Festival.  More to come.

Jimmy Buffett
The Black Crowes
Levon Helm
The Avett Brothers
Cat Power
Jim James (of My Morning Jacket)
Jakob Dylan
Stephen & Damian Marley
Gillian Welch
She & Him featuring Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward
Kaki King
Brandi Carlile
Willy Mason   
Over The Rhine
The Felice Brothers
Jake Shimabukuro
Kate Taylor
Richard Julian
Jesca Hoop

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