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An Interview With Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet

An Interview With Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet

An Eclectic Mix Of Artists Celebrates Festival's 50th Anniversary

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When the legendary Newport Folk Festival started in Rhode Island in 1959, organizers sought to bring together a diverse mix of artists who represented the far-reaching branches of folk music, including gospel, protest songs and the pop music of the day. Half a century later, the festival is celebrating its 50th birthday with another eclectic mix of artists, from towering figures like Pete Seeger and Joan Baez to Neko Case, The Decemberists and Mavis Staples. NPR Music will be there to webcast and broadcast the full slate of concerts, with dozens of live performances starting at noon ET Saturday.

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen recently spoke with festival producer Jay Sweet about what's in store for the weekend celebration.

An Interview With Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet

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