Ticket on-sales for producer George Wein’s rejuvenated Folk Festival 50 begin May 6 at 10 a.m. through the festival’s official Web site. This year’s event will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, on August 1-2.
Adults can purchase tickets in advance for $69 or on festival weekend for $75, as supplies last. Children ages 3 to 15 can get in for $15 at all times, and admission for children under 3 is free. A limited number of two-day passes are available for $125. There are service charges for tickets purchased online or by telephone and a $4 handling charge per order for tickets ordered by mail.
On site parking is available for $12 per vehicle in advance and $15 on festival weekend. Individuals with tickets for lawn seating are welcome to bring blankets and low backed beach chairs.
Pete Seeger is headlining both nights of the festival, and Judy Collins is the special guest on the second night, August 2. Other featured performers include Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Neko Case, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine and Ben Kweller.
Wein still has no corporate sponsor for the two-day event. There was also no corporate sponsor last year when Festival Network was the producer. Wein resigned from Festival Network after not been paid since last November, and along with George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 at the same location on August 7-9, he is producing both festivals under his new company New Festival Productions, LLC.
Folk Festival 50 daily lineup:
(Acts are subject to change.)
August 1: Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Iron & Wine, Mavis Staples, Tom Morello (as The Nightwatchman), Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ben Kweller, The Low Anthem, Tift Merritt, Brett Dennen, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, and Langhorne Slim.
August 2: Pete Seeger with special guest Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Neko Case, The Campbell Brothers, Josh Ritter, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, The Del McCoury Band, Guy Clark, David Rawlings Machine, Balfa Toujours, Dala Girls, Deer Tick, and Joe Pug.