This weekend, folk music will fill Fort Adams, "the largest coastal fortification in the United States," "at the mouth of Newport Harbor."
The Newport Folk Festival, which is now called "George Wein's Folk Festival," will feature performances from the old guard (Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, and Judy Collins, among others) and the new (The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, and Tift Merritt, to name just a few).
A few months ago it wasn't clear that Newport's famous folk festival would celebrate its "golden anniversary." In 2007 George Wein, the octogenarian co-founder of the festival — and its jazz sister, sold the trademarks to Chris Shields. In the last two years his company, Festival Network, fell on hard times. As Ben Ratliff reported in The New York Times, Wein renegotiated to regain control of the two events. He'll preside over them in August.
If you've been to a folk or jazz festival in Newport, what's your favorite memory? If you can't make it to Rhode Island, you can listen to the shows here, at NPR.org.