The Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to most live performances and festivals this year including the Newport Folk Festival normally scheduled in the summer.
While many festivals are postponing events until next year, the Newport Folk Festival is moving online for a ticketed event July 31 to August 2.
The Folk On Revival Weekend will feature a series of live performances including Mavis Staples, Deer Tick, Roger Waters & Lucius, Sharon Van Etten, Leon Bridges, Jim James, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Tom Morello, Trombone Shorty, and Ben Harper.
Included with the series of ticketed webcast events is a free film premiere.
The scheduled ticketed events include:
“Mavis 80” – Mavis Staples 80th birthday celebration
“Deer Tick and Friends”
The film “Our Voices Together” will premiere in a free screening on You Tube August 2.
A series of radio broadcasts from the past 60 years is also scheduled to air on WFUV in New York City, WMVY in Martha’s Vineyard, and WEXT in Albany, New York.
Newport Folk Festival executive producer Jay Sweet spoke on the Festival in a statement saying, “in the history of this festival, there has never been a time like we’re in now. 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. Music has always brought our family together, even when we’re divided. 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.”
Brittany Howard, Andrew Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Big Thief, Yola, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Khruangbin, Jimmy Cliff were among those who were scheduled to perform live at the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals this year before the events were cancelled.
feature photo credit: Newport Folk Festival Facebook page