Thursday, July 9, 2020
– Newport Folk Festival is not happening this year due to COVID-19, but it will dip into its long past over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend with archival material online.
Radio broadcasts from more than 60 years of archived sets, webcast concerts, and a film to close the weekend are on tap.
The ticketed events will feature never-before seen live performances from artists such as Mavis Staples, Deer Tick, Leon Bridges, Roger Waters and Lucius, Sharon Van Etten, Jim James, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Tom Morello, Phoebe Bridgers, Trombone Shorty, Langhorne Slim, Molly Tuttle, Ben Harper, Joe Henry and more.
Fans can also tune in via WFUV, WMVY and WEXT all weekend long to listen to broadcasts of archived sets.
"In the history of this festival, there has never been a time like we're in now," said Executive Producer Jay Sweet. "A global pandemic shuttering our plans to congregate before quickly shifting into the biggest civil rights movement in over 50 years. Many of our lives have drastically changed, financially, emotionally and/or irrevocably."
"It has been painful for many of us, on the front lines fighting the pandemic, on the front lines fighting social injustice and especially for those losing loved ones along the way. While it was an emotional gut punch to cancel the festival in a year where it is so clearly needed, we felt it was imperative to our community to do something."
Mavis 80 will be he premier of the singer's birthday celebration at the Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on May 22, 2019. Proceeds will provide continued work of Newport Festivals Foundation to support artists and music education programs. Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, M. Ward, Lucius, Phoebe Bridgers and Trombone Shorty will appear. Mavis 80 will be on Friday, July 31, 8:30 p.m..
The film "Our Voices Together" screens on Sunday, Aug 2, 8:30 p.m. Carlile, Isbell, Roger Waters with Lucius, Jim James of My Morning Jacket,Tom Morello, Our Native Daughters, Langhorne Slim, Molly Tuttle, Devon Gilfillian, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Chris Funk of The Decemberists are in the film. The movie will be freefree on YouTube.
"Music has always brought our family together, even when we're divided," said Sweet. "The Newport stage has always been a sanctuary for artists to speak their minds on the times in front of us, not with merely one voice alone, but many in unison. This year's Newport is no exception, collectively representing what it feels like to be human in today's world by amplifying our convictions. For 2020 these voices will be our megaphone, these events our stage."
More details are available on the Newport Folk Festival website.