MUSIC NEWS- For five decades, music fans have gathered in Newport, RI, over consecutive weekends to celebrate two storied genres. NPR Music, together ith partner radio stations, honors this tradition by continuing to mark a new one – bringing George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival to the world for the fifth straight year. The weekends of July 27-29 and August 4-5 audiences can enjoy exclusive digital and on-air broadcasts of dozens of concerts, beginning Friday, July 27 with the trifecta of Wilco, Blitzen Trapper and Megafaun.
At the Folk Festival on July 27, 28 and 29, NPR Music teams with WFUV New York; FolkAlley.com (WKSU) Kent, Ohio; and mvyradio in Martha’s Vineyard and Newport to bring audiences an array of shows. The following weekend on August 4 and 5, NPR Music joins WBGO Jazz 88.3FM Newark and 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio to present performances from the Jazz Festival.
NPR Music’s Folk Festival 2012 broadcasts will begin Friday evening, July 27, with a kick-off concert featuring headliners Wilco, along with Blitzen Trapper and Megafaun. More sets during the weekend include My Morning Jacket, Deer Tick, Iron & Wine, The Head and the Heart, Sara Watkins and Gary Clark Jr. Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, and WFUV host and music director Rita Houston will host and offer insight, thoughts and commentary.