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Stage set for resurgent Newport Folk Festival

July 23, 2012 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2009 file photo, Arlo Guthrie performs at George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. Guthrie is scheduled to play again at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival has sold out before, but never as early as it did this year, with tickets for the two-day event disappearing a full three months in advance.

The seminal music festival returns to Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park on July 28 with a lineup featuring veteran stars like Arlo Guthrie as well as up-and-comers hoping to turn an appearance at Newport into their big break. Fifty-three years after music impresario George Wein created the festival, and 30 years after it appeared all but dead, its draw is as strong as ever.

“I’m old enough I know that these things go in cycles,” Wein, 86, told The Associated Press during an interview in his hotel room the day before his band, the Newport All-Stars, played a date in Boston. “I want people to go to the festival knowing they’re going to hear great music. And these bands — they’re hugely popular.”

Some 10,000 attendees are expected each day for performances by Guthrie, My Login to read more

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