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Artists Set for George Wein's Folk Festival 50 & Jazz Festival 55, Newport, RI

FIRST ROUND OF ARTISTS and TICKET SALE DATES

ANNOUNCED for

George Wein’s FOLK FESTIVAL 50

JULY 31 AUGUST 2

and

George Wein’s JAZZ FESTIVAL 55

AUGUST 7 9

NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2009 Ticket sale dates and a partial list of artists are set for George Wein’s FOLK FESTIVAL 50 (July 31 August 2) and George Wein’s JAZZ FESTIVAL 55 (August 7 9) in historic Newport, RI. Produced by New Festival Productions, LLC, each festival will include two full days of music on three stages at Fort Adams State Park and a Friday evening concert.

Among the confirmed artists for George Wein’s FOLK FESTIVAL 50 are festival co-founder Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Arlo Guthrie, Fleet Foxes, Joan Baez, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Campbell Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, Iron & Wine, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Balfa Toujours, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, Langhorne Slim, Ben Kweller and Low Anthem.

Confirmed artists for George Wein’s JAZZ FESTIVAL 55 include Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis, Etta James, Esperanza Spalding, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Vijay Iyer Trio, Cedar Walton with Lew Tabackin & Curtis Fuller, Christian McBride Group, Roy Haynes Quintet, Joshua Redman Double Trio, Hiromi, The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis, Michel Camilo, Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band and the Rodriguez Brothers.

The complete festival programs will be announced later this month. Tickets for George Wein’s JAZZ FESTIVAL 55 go on sale Thursday, April 23, at 10:00 am at www.jazzfestival55.com and tickets for George Wein’s FOLK FESTIVAL 50 go on sale Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 am at www.folkfestival50.com.

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: George Wein
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