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Newport Folk FestivalThe 50th annual Newport Folk Festival will take place at Rhode Island's Fort Adams Park on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 6th at 10am

Pete Seeger, who is a cofounder of the Festival and who just celebrated his 90th birthday with a show at MSG, will be playing both nights. On Sunday, he'll be joined by Judy Collins, who is also performing a free Folks on the Island show Sunday, July 26th on NYC's Governors Island.

Saturday acts at the Fest include Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, who just shared a stage with Iggy Pop at NYC's Nokia Theatre, and the Decemberists, who have a big summer tour that's stopping at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on June 10th, Fleet Foxes, who have tour dates including All Points West, and the Avett Brothers, who are on tour and playing NYC's Irving Plaza on June 12th and 13th. Langhorne Slim will be there too (he's also at Lollapalooza this summer). Iron & Wine are playing both this, and ATP NY.

Sunday's show is heavy on big-name folkies with Collins (mentioned above), Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie all performing. Arlo Guthrie is also playing a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer.

Neko Case, playing Sunday, just did two nights at NYC's Nokia Theater and will be at All Points West, among other festivals.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland will be there. Perkins and Co. played the Bowery in March, and their summer tour includes a May 20th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn (tickets), and the Clearwater Festival (another project founded by Seeger) on June 20th and 21st in Croton-on Hudson, NY.

Also on Sunday is Deer Tick, whose big summer includes opening for Jenny Lewis at MHoW on June 9th, headlining the Bowery on July 24th (tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th at noon), and playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on August 7th.

Full Newport Fork Festival info below...

Newport Folk Festival lineup:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 ~ 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Iron & Wine, Mavis Staples, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ben Kweller, The Low Anthem, Brett Dennen, Tift Merritt, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Langhorne Slim

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

Pete Seeger with Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Neko Case, The Campbell Brothers, Josh Ritter, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, Del McCoury, Guy Clark, David Rawlings Machine, Deer Tick, Balfa Toujours, Dala Girls, Joe Pug

Newport Folk Festival - more info:
AUGUST 1 - 2, 2009 Celebrate five decades of folk music in Newport, RI, August 1 - 2 at George Wein's FOLK FESTIVAL 50. The 2009 festival, which takes over Fort Adams State Park from 11:30 am - 7:00 pm each day, will celebrate 50 years of rich history in Newport, where Pete Seeger and Joan Baez helped shape the course of American music. This summer, they return to usher in the next 50 years, performing alongside Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie on a festival bill that also heralds folk music's bright, expansive future with sets by The Decemberists, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Ben Kweller and many more.

Since 1959, George Wein has been presenting the very best of Americana, blues, roots, gospel, country, Cajun, bluegrass, and traditional folk music in scenic Newport. FOLK FESTIVAL 50 is proud to present tributes to festival co-founder Pete Seeger on both Fort Adams days and a special set on Sunday featuring Joan Baez, who made her Newport debut in 1959.

Other festival highlights include sets by Billy Bragg and Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, who continue in folk's great tradition of political songwriting. The Campbell Brothers infuse some sacred steel music into Sunday's program, while Tim Eriksen leads a new generation of Shape Note Singers in traditional hymns. The Decemberists combine the energy of rock with the craft of great storytellers, and Neko Case, Guy Clark, Gillian Welch, Elvis Perkins, Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen carry on the festival's long-time history of powerful songwriting. The Avett Brothers bring a rollicking new twist to bluegrass and country roots, and Mavis Staples will take festival-goers to the place where R&B meets gospel. With blues from Ben Kweller, bluegrass from Del McCoury, Cajun from Balfa Toujours, alt-country from guitar master David Rawlings and the down-home sounds of Tao Rodriguez Seeger, this year's lineup draws from the many musical styles that have found a home in Newport over the years.

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, 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 for ticket office hours and general information.

Festival Office: There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date and tickets can also be purchased at the gate, if available. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.

By Mail: To order tickets by mail, send a note specifying the number of tickets you wish to order for each event and include a phone number where you can be reached. Include your address and credit card information (with expiration date and CVC Code from back of card), check or money order plus $4.00 per order for postage and handling to: George Wein's Folk Festival 50, PO BOX 3865, Newport, RI 02840.



Comments (34)

Sucks that this is the same weekend as APW.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 1:59 PM

this will be 100 times better than APW anon: 1:59

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 2:15 PM


Posted by Val Lopers | May 5, 2009 2:18 PM

Parking: Children 3-15: $15.00 each day at all times; under 3, free.

I'll have to put my two year old behind the wheel when i get there. Save a few bucks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 2:25 PM

This is fantastic!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 2:52 PM

Tom Morello as he Nightwatchman? That shit is terrible.

Save that it should be a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 3:09 PM

I went last year and it was awesome. But keep in mind they only server alcohol in one spot and you can't take it out that tent. I don't drink much so this didn't bother me but I know it matters to some people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 3:34 PM

There is also George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 from August 7 - August 9

Posted by Pop Culturalist | May 5, 2009 5:54 PM

how is this better than apw?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 6:43 PM

6:43 - don't worry...when you turn 18 in a few months you'll be able to legally buy cigarettes & porn. Just hold on a little longer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 11:11 AM

Prostitution in Rhode Island is legally permitted indoors.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2009 8:49 AM

always the best weekend of the summer.can't wait for august to arrive

Posted by gary ayers | May 7, 2009 1:44 PM

It's beautiful, and not too crowded. Saw the Pixies play an acoustic set there a few years ago, could have stood anywhere I wanted. All Points West is a clusterfuck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2009 1:54 PM

wow, newport folk festival. you're ticket's are insanely overpriced.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 1:07 AM

wow, newport folk festival. you're ticket's are insanely overpriced.
i went to the new american music union festival last year for 25 bucks for a two day pass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2009 1:10 AM


Posted by KAREN EVELY | May 28, 2009 12:09 PM

does anyone know of a carpool going/could offer a ride there from NYC?

Posted by sophie | June 6, 2009 11:03 PM

Excuse me but what is APW??

Posted by Lyn | June 16, 2009 4:04 PM

"APW" is the "All Points West" Festival.

Posted by Katey | June 24, 2009 1:00 PM

who's leg would i have to hump to get Mr. Nightwatchman to also play Sunday, August 2nd?

Posted by sarahgirl | June 26, 2009 10:13 AM

Doc Watson was suppose to play but he is not on the bill now. I was looking forward to his performance. I guess he is not feeling well.

Posted by bill | June 28, 2009 10:29 PM

Okay so I have been watching the Folk Festival from my boat for years and it is the best way to see this event. Food, cocktails, swimming, dancing and going from boat to boat, WHat an Incredible line up!! I think I'll cry when I hear Joan Baez..I saw her in NY in October 2008 and her voice was absolutely beautiful, slight crackles and all!!!

Posted by Diane | June 29, 2009 5:28 PM

Prices are way too high, especially in this economy. Taking the Folk out of Folk Music.

Posted by nunya | July 9, 2009 4:11 PM

where can I order the official 2009 Newport Folkfestival Poster?

I live now in

P.O.Box 680105
50704 Cologne

My Name is: Gerhard Bertram Heise

Can one purchase tickets here in Germany and in advance?

Thanks for your attention


Posted by GeeBee | July 13, 2009 6:29 AM

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Posted by Jimmy | July 16, 2009 1:27 PM

dont forget you can watch and listen fron a boat anchored off fort adams

Posted by Tim | July 17, 2009 9:02 AM

Unfortunate parking can't be purchased in person at the visitor's center, only to be forced to pay the online service fee. Should at least warn people this is the case.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2009 11:49 AM

$75? really?

Posted by jenn | July 30, 2009 10:40 PM

Boaters? is 1:00 too late to get there to find a place to anchor?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 9:07 PM

where do i go to listen to streaming audio of newport?

Posted by me | August 1, 2009 3:47 PM

This may be a sensitive question, but, why wasn't Bob there?

Posted by TCW | September 27, 2009 1:12 AM

This really was a nice festival. Though I haven't heard about many singers in this line-up, the headliners were really great.
Glad that Pete Seeger is still alive and singing hope he'll reach 100 years. Overall this festival was fine but something was missing.

Posted by Liverpool tickets | March 28, 2011 5:26 AM

I am looking to purchase a pair of tickets for Saturday night, any suggestion?!

Posted by Meowsers | April 23, 2012 10:36 PM

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