Newport Folk Festival 2007 | Initial Lineup Announced

The 2007 “Dunkin Donuts Newport Folk Festival” has announced its partial lineup. The classic East Coast folk festival — which takes place August 3rd – 5th, in Newport, RI — will feature some artists that could certainly stretches the limits of the “folk” label (although, I suppose Bob Dylan broke that barrier a long time ago).

The initial Newport Folk Fest lineup includes:

Saturday, August 4th:
Allman Brothers Band
North Mississippi Allstars
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine)
Assembly of Dust

Sunday, August 5th lineup:
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Emmylou Harris
Amos Lee
Alejandro Escovedo
Ralph Stanley

….additional acts to be announced.

Wow…this lineup seems a bit odd for a classic folk fest, but it is also surprisingly solid! There’s plenty of jam-oriented blues and rock on Saturday, and some seriously top-tier bluegrass and folk-rock talent on Sunday. But Tom Morello at Newport Folk Fest? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for quality musicians wandering into new territory, but this is just odd…..yet strangely intriguing. And it must be said that other big festivals like Jazzfest have been pulling off these types of genre-bending lineups for years and with much success.

The blatant “Dunkin’ Donuts’ corporate sponsorship is a bit much, though. Sure, I suppose Dunkin’ Donuts is pretty huge out in the East, but the name change is a just a tad prominent. Oh well.

Tickets are currently on sale at the main festival site.

8 COMMENTS

  1. It hasn’t really been a “classic folk festival” for a while. Plus they have had bigger names than the ABB so I don’t think the new sponsorship was the reason for that.

  2. It hasn’t really been a “classic folk festival” for a while. Plus they have had bigger names than the ABB so I don’t think the new sponsorship was the reason for that.

  3. I don’t know how anyone could ever say “Dunkin’ Donuts Folk Festival” without choking on the irony.

    And Tom Morello just started a solo career with the nom de guerre the Nightwatchman. It’s just him and an accoustic guitar singing classic-style folk songs, so maybe he’s the most appropriate artist on the bill.

  4. I don’t know how anyone could ever say “Dunkin’ Donuts Folk Festival” without choking on the irony.

    And Tom Morello just started a solo career with the nom de guerre the Nightwatchman. It’s just him and an accoustic guitar singing classic-style folk songs, so maybe he’s the most appropriate artist on the bill.

  5. Funny thing about the Tom Morello solo stuff — I literally heard it explained to me as, “sounds like a really, really pissed off Johnny Cash.” I didn’t get around to catching his showcase down at SXSW and apparently I’m regretting that now…

  6. Funny thing about the Tom Morello solo stuff — I literally heard it explained to me as, “sounds like a really, really pissed off Johnny Cash.” I didn’t get around to catching his showcase down at SXSW and apparently I’m regretting that now…

  7. Nice, I stand corrected. I figured it was something along those lines. And a Tom Morello solo acoustic set (even a “pissed off johnny cash”) sounds intriguing.

    oh, and I def. choked a bit, especially once I saw the little logo’s color scheme. Maybe they’ll pass out free iced coffee?

  8. Nice, I stand corrected. I figured it was something along those lines. And a Tom Morello solo acoustic set (even a “pissed off johnny cash”) sounds intriguing.

    oh, and I def. choked a bit, especially once I saw the little logo’s color scheme. Maybe they’ll pass out free iced coffee?

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