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Published: 2008/04/17

Levon Helm, Jimmy Buffett, The Black Crowes and Jim James Confirmed for Newport Folk

The legendary Newport Folk Festival will receive a slight makeover this summer. In addition to veteran acts like Jimmy Buffett, Levon Helm and The Black Crowes, the annual event will feature performances by rising stars like former New Groove of the Month The Avett Brothers, Cat Power, My Morning Jackets Jim James, The Felice Brothers, Jake Shimabukuro, Calexico, Kaki King and She & Him, the new project featuring Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Other confirmed acts include: Jakob Dylan, Stephen & Damian Marley, Gillian Welch, Brandi Carlile, Willy Mason, Over The Rhine, Kate Taylor, Richard Julian and Jesca Hoop.

Since its inaugural year in 1959, The Newport Folk Festival has become an institution, renowned for presenting well-known folk stars alongside the best new talent of the day, from Joan Baez, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell to The Pixies, Bright Eyes and Wilco. Of course, the festival will be forever known as the place Bob Dylan showcased his new electric rock-band to an audience of folk purists in 1965. This year’s festivities will take place from August 1-3 in Newport, RI.

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