Jimmy Buffett, The Black Crowes, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan Lead New Take On Historic 2008 Newport Folk Festival(2)

Other Performers Include The Avett Brothers; Levon Helm; Stephen & Damian Marley; Gillian Welch; Jim James (of My Morning Jacket); She & Him featuring Zooey Daschanel & M. Ward; Calexico; Kaki King; Cowboy Junkies; Willy Mason NEW YORK, NY - (APRIL 17, 2008) – The Festival Network, LLC is proud to announce the lineup for the 2008 Newport Folk Festival, taking place August 1 through Sunday, August 3 in Newport, RI.  Steeped in 49 years of tradition and woven into the fabric of American musical history, the 2008 lineup is a modern take on the festival’s original premise. This year’s event pairs young stars like Cat Power and Jim James of My Morning Jacket with established artists like Jimmy Buffett and The Black Crowes.  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
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“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. WardCalexico
  • Kaki King
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Willy Mason
  • Over The Rhine
  • The Felice Brothers
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Kate Taylor
  • Richard Julian
  • Jesca Hoop