Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WFUV & NPR Newport Folk Festival Broadcast

I received an email yesterday detailing plans for WFUV and NPR Music to broadcast George Wein's Folk Festival 50 planned for August 1st and 2nd in Newport, RI. Here are the details:

WFUV and NPR Music Bring Listeners
George Wein's Folk Festival 50 at Newport

New York, NY -- Noncommercial New York City radio station WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) and NPR Music will broadcast and webcast George Wein's Folk Festival 50 at Newport throughout Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. WFUV Music Director Rita Houston and Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music's "All Songs Considered," will be at Newport, RI's Fort Adams State Park to bring listeners two days of music from the storied annual festival, now in its 50th year.

"The Folk Festival and FUV share similar missions to bring audiences the most exciting new artists and, at the same time, remind people how much is owed to musical trailblazers like Seeger and Baez. I've seen so many important moments in music history take place at the Festival and I'm sure more history will be made this year," says WFUV Music Director Rita Houston.

WFUV will broadcast live performances from Tift Merritt, Billy Bragg, the Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and Pete Seeger on Saturday, August 1 from 12:00-5:00 PM EST. In addition, WFUV and NPR Music will webcast all the weekend's stellar performances at www.wfuv.org and www.npr.org/folkfestival50 live and for free. George Wein's Folk Festival 50 at Newport will include performances by Iron & Wine, Mavis Staples, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, Ben Kweller, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Brett Dennen, The Low Anthem, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Neko Case, Josh Ritter, Del McCoury Band, Guy Clark, Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins in Dearland and more.

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