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Tue July 22, 2014
Join WUKY And NPR For The 2014 Newport Folk Festival
NPR Music and WUKY are headed to the 2014 Newport Folk Festival this month, and we'll be gathering some great music for listeners - and you can find it right here!
On Friday, July 25, check out Ryan Adams live from 6-7:30 pm. We'll also recording up to 18 acts from the Newport Folk Festival's main stage throughout the weekend, all of which you can stream via the NPR Music Live channel below.
Click here for NPR's Newport Folk Festival streams.
From its legendary beachfront locale to its celebrations of folk music's past, the Newport Folk Festival draws on more than half a century of celebrated traditions. But it's also an event in which folk's boundaries are tested: This is, after all, where Bob Dylan famously plugged in an electric guitar 49 years ago, in the process enraging the purists in the crowd.
In recent years, Newport organizers have taken great liberties of their own with folk's definition — and "great" can be read in a quantitative and qualitative sense. Scan the names atop this year's main-stage lineup (Ryan Adams, Jack White, Nickel Creek, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Tweedy, et al), and you'll see name after name for whom "folk" is at most a supplementary ingredient.
On July 25-27, NPR Music continues another marvelous Newport tradition, as we showcase and archive a diverse cross-section of the Newport Folk Festival's impeccably curated main-stage concerts. But in the meantime, we've also got this glimpse of some of the event's most promising up-and-comers — complete with a chance to download a song from each.