Thursday, July 21, 2011

Newport is just around the corner

If you're a Newport Folk Festival fan, or ardent fan of one if its acts this year, don't plan on showing up without a ticket, figuring you can score some ducats at the Fort Adams State Park box office.

For the first time, the folk festival (which began in 1959) as a supplement to George Wein's Newport Jazz Festival, has sold out all tickets (10,00 tickets for each day). The July 30-31 event, which is headlined by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, The Decemberists, Earl Scruggs, Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples and Ramblin' Jack Eliott.

Organizers said promotion of the event through the social networking media has been part of the success.

I'm curious how much of a similar effect will be in play a week later at the Newport Jazz Festival. The lineup is chronologically and stylistically diverse and terrific. Stay tuned.

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