The name may change, but the spirit remains as the legendary folk festival from Newport enters its 50th year. It's not only a significant anniversary for the event — once known as the Newport Folk Festival, now known as George Wein's Folk Festival 50 — but also a milestone, as Pete Seeger headlines the proceedings. Having recently celebrated his 90th birthday, the legendary folksinger and songwriter will perform this Saturday, Aug. 1, and lead hootenannies at the end of both the Saturday- and Sunday-night concerts. NPR Music, WFUV, Folk Alley and mvyradio will broadcast and webcast these concerts and many more from Folk Festival 50 on Aug. 1-2.
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Pete Seeger will lead a hootenanny at the end of both the Saturday- and Sunday-night concerts.
Pete Seeger will lead a hootenanny at the end of both the Saturday- and Sunday-night concerts. Courtesy of the artist for NPR
Four legendary Newport alums will mark the anniversary by taking the stage, including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. The two-day event also continues to expand its definition of folk music, featuring concerts from The Decemberists, The Avett Brothers, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Iron & Wine, The Low Anthem and more. Keep checking back here and at the Folk Festival 50 Web site for broadcast and webcast times and more information.