Thu, 03/01/2012 - 9:27 am

The Newport Festivals Foundation has announced the lineup for the 2012 Newport Folk Festival set to take place July 28-29 once again at the picturesque Fort Adams State Park.

Tickets go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 1, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival’s historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music’s most venerable names. This year’s festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.

Building on the success of last year’s sold out event, Newport Folk Festival producers will bring the freshest and brightest musicians in the folk world to the annual festival by the sea. Known for its extremely loyal “Folk Family,” the Newport Folk Festival has continued to stay at the forefront of the nation’s musical tastemaking. In recent years, the festival has introduced a number of burgeoning stars to the national consciousness while luring established favorites to Newport thanks to the reverence these admired artists have for the traditions of the Newport Folk Festival. The careful curation of the Newport Folk lineup has brought the festival to the forefront of live music which, in turn, allows the festival to continue to enhance the experience year after year.

"There’s nothing better than knowing that there are thousands of people who love the Newport Folk Festival as much as we do and they want to see it live for years to come,” said Jay Sweet, festival producer. "Our Folk Family proved it last year and they are proving it again as we listen to and read the many wonderful comments from people who have already planned to attend the festival even before this announcement. We are extremely humbled to have the support of the fans and the artists who help to make Newport the best place in the world for our annual Newport Folk Festival Family Reunion."

“I, too, was overwhelmed by the tremendous showing of love from the festival’s fans. Not only did they turn out in full force to hear the music, selling out both days, they also contributed to the legacy of the festival by supporting a benefit for the Newport Festivals Foundation." added George Wein, festival Founder and CEO of Newport Festivals Foundation.

Often likened to “coming home” to the very roots of the folk-music tradition, the Newport Folk Festival is an annual favorite of fans and musicians alike. The laid back, at home feel has been known to inspire artists' spontaneous, on-stage sit-ins as well as unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime, impromptu performances throughout the festival grounds.

"Having been fortunate enough to play Newport Folk a number of times by myself, and with a number of different artists and friends, I'm now super excited to have the opportunity to play with my oldest pals in My Morning Jacket!,” said Jim James, who is also confirmed to take the Newport stage with bandmates Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker to perform original music set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie.. “This is a wonderful occasion for us to play a unique set in the spirit of the festival, and create some new memories together alongside our friends in Newport."

Since 1959, the Newport Folk Festival has presented the very best of this country’s blues, roots, gospel, country, bluegrass, Cajun and traditional folk music. This year's edition once again pays tribute to the great performers who wrote the proud history of this festival. As in recent years, the festival continues to welcome the next wave of folk voices.

The Newport Folk Festival welcomes the return of Alex and Ani as sponsor of the Harbor Stage.  Alex and Ani offers eco-friendly, positive energy infused products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit, designed by Carolyn Rafaelian and Made in America with love.

The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build up and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Folk Festival presents performers who respect and honor folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people primarily from RI and New England, but also from around the globe, about folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.


Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 1, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net and www.ticketmaster.com, by phone and by mail.  A limited number of adult two-day passes are available now for $ 135.00 for Saturday and Sunday.  Single day adult tickets are $74.00 in advance and $ 84.00 at the gate, if available.  Children’s tickets for ages 3 - 15 are $ 15.00  per day.  Children under 3 are free.  Parking passes are also available on-line for $12.00  Service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone.

Single day tickets also can be purchased in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue.  Visit www.gonewport.com for Visitor Center office hours and information.

There will be a festival office in the Newport area where tickets can be purchased in person at a later date.  For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call the festival hotline at (401) 848-5055.  For more information, log on to www.newportfolkfest.net.

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The 2012 Newport Folk Festival line-up features:

SATURDAY, JULY 28   ~   11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

My Morning Jacket

Iron & Wine

Patty Griffin

Guthrie Family Reunion


City & Colour

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Deer Tick

Blind Pilot

Alabama Shakes

Sharon Van Etten

First Aid Kit

Brown Bird

Jonny Corndawg

Frank Fairfield

Spirit Family Reunion

Robert Ellis

Apache Relay


Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

SUNDAY, JULY 29   ~   11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

Jackson Browne

Conor Oberst

Punch Brothers

Tallest Man on Earth

The Head & The Heart


Gary Clark, Jr.

Trampled By Turtles

Tom Morello

Of Monsters and Men

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames Original Music set to the Lyrics of Woody Guthrie

Sara Watkins

Carl Broemel

Ben Sollee

Spider John Koerner

Jonathan Wilson

Deep Dark Woods

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons

Kossoy Sisters

Joel Rafael

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 7:47 pm

James Ristvedt isn't a typical third-year law student. He balances his time between days in classrooms and nights between stacks of speakers. Just a few months from finishing his final year of law school, James' bass-fueled alter ego Alpha Data may have something to say about what the future holds.Alpha Data’s debut release, Nefertiti (released on GruntWorthy Music), hit #1 on the Beatport Glitch Hop chart, and #50 on the Beatport All Genres chart. This is not a small feat considering his touring to that point was limited to shows played in the Midwest. A follow-up release, Nefertiti Remixes, was released in January with remixes of the chart-topping “Nefertiti” by an all-star cast of producers (fellow #1 Beatport artist Samples, Unlimited Gravity, Sovereign Sect, J.me.j, and Burn Brighter).With over 1000 followers on Soundcloud and a couple dozen tracks released via Soundcloud, glitch hop fans across the nation have started to catch on. His signature sound, combining high-intensity bass with catchy, melodic hooks, has built him a steady and loyal following in the rapidly emerging EDM scene. Having recently released multiple remixes of well-known pop culture hits, Alpha Data doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.After spending New Year’s Eve opening and playing setbreaks for the Disco Biscuits at the prestigious Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and having shared the stage across the country with numerous internationally renowned EDM producers (Flux Pavilion, Shpongle, Kill the Noise, Tipper, Excision, Beats Antique and countless others) Alpha Data has repeatedly showcased his ability to appeal across multiple genres..Alpha Data’s newest EP, titled ADHD, is available for sale here.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 4:34 am

After Phish completes their 3 night run at Dick's Sporting Goods in lovely Commerce City, Colorado, you won’t see them again till the holidays.   However, Page McConnell has announced he will play the BB King Blues Club in New York City on Halloween.--  Full bill and ticket information:The MetermanZigaboo Modeliste - Leo Nocentelli - George Porter, Jr.with guest keyboardist - Page McConnellPurchase tickets for Halloween here.Purchase tickets for November 1st, here

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:59 pm

Cloud 9 Adventures has announced the details of the legendary Dominican Holidaze fan experience. In it’s eighth year, this destination concert event is traveling to Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - a new resort in a new locale.  The event features host bands The Disco BiscuitsUmphrey’s McGee and STS9 for four days and nights of music on December 3 - 7, 2014.  Support acts include Lotus,The New Deal and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Set.

Each headlining band will play two full 2-set shows over the four nights, and for the first time they will each play their third show on the beach at sunset. Fans can also expect DJ sets by the pool as well as post-show parties. More than just a series of concerts, Dominican Holidaze is an all-inclusive concert vacation where all meals, drinks, shows and accommodations are included in the package. Fans have the unique opportunity to interact with the artists and participate in many on-site activities, or explore the region on one of the off-site excursions and enjoy a truly up close and personal experience.

The tropical locale, stunning turquoise waters, swaying palms along the coastline, and luxurious accommodations of the brand new Breathless Resort & Spa create a magnificent backdrop for this special event.  This beachfront resort is perfectly situated on the northeast coast in the Uvero Alto region of Punta Cana.  The finely appointed, spacious suites, world-class spa and the resort’s modern design and vibrant colors give this latest edition of Holidaze a fresh vibe. Plus, unique touches like open-air plazas, communal tables at gourmet dining venues and multiple pools complement the open air atmosphere and bring the fan community together.  Dominican Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation relaxing on the beach with friends by day while listening to their favorite bands on the beach by night.

In addition to all of the great music, Dominican Holidaze has partnered with the charitable organization Positive Legacy, who’s mission is to integrate live music and service by taking actions that positively impact local communities and the environment.  Most recently in this region, Positive Legacy donated over $25,000 to contribute to the construction of a Waste Water Treatment facility in the nearby village of Veron. Positive Legacy and music fans worked in conjunction with the local Peace Corps and the Ecological Foundation of Punta Cana in March 2014 and the project is currently at 75%  completion. A day of service will also be planned for Dominican Holidaze, stay tuned for more information on ways of giving back to the community with Positive Legacy.

Event details are as follows:

All-inclusive packages go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET at www.dominicanholidaze.comThere will be a pre-sale for returning Holidaze guests on Thursday, May 20, 2014.

For fans who wish to extend their stay at Breathless, Dominican Holidaze is offering a special discounted rate before and after the event. For more information and to book a room, please visit: www.dominicanholidaze.com.

Dominican Holidaze is a Cloud 9 Adventure. The event made its debut in Jamaica in 2007 under the name Caribbean Holidaze featuring Umphrey’s McGee and the Disco Biscuits. In 2010, the event moved to Riviera Maya Mexico and added STS9 for a 4 year run known as Mayan Holidaze.  After 4 years in Mexico, Holidaze is making the pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic, perfectly situated on the northeast coast in the Uvera Alto region of Punta Cana.