Wilco plays Newport
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
– Wilco will play the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. on the opening gig of the three-day festival.
The festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park. Special guests Blitzen Trapper and Megafaun will play on the Wilco bill. "We are excited to return to the tradition of presenting a Friday concert at the festival, and we are happy to have Wilco, Blitzen Trapper and Megafaun kick off what already promises to be a great weekend of music," said Newport Folk Festival Producer Jay Sweet.
Tickets are $45 and go on sale on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com. All seating is general admission on an open lawn. Gates open at 4 p.m. Limited edition keepsakes will be given to the first 1,000 people to enter the gates.
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