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NPR MUSIC AND MEMBER STATIONS BROADCAST LIVE FROM 2013 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL® JULY 26-28 AND NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL® AUGUST 3-4

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July 18, 2013; Washington, D.C. – Summer in Newport, R.I., brings two consecutive weekends of live music for folk and jazz fans – and NPR Music brings it to the world. For the sixth year, NPR Music together with partner radio stations presents exclusive video and audio broadcasts from Newport Folk Festival® and Newport Jazz Festival®.

Performances from the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals will be accessible through free, live broadcasts on stations and at NPR Music. Coverage will be available to audiences everywhere at npr.org/newportfolk and npr.org/newportjazz, and through the NPR Music mobile apps. More on-the-scene updates will be available by following @nprmusic. NPR Music will also archive select broadcasts and provide podcasts of many performances following the festivals. Recordings from the past five years of the Newport Festivals are available now at NPR Music.

For the Folk Festival on July 26-28, NPR Music partners with stations WFUV New York, FolkAlley.com from WKSU Kent, and mvyradio in Martha's Vineyard for a live video broadcast of dozens of sets from a headliner-packed three days, including favorites Beck, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers and Old Crow Medicine Show as well as up-and-coming acts The Lone Bellow and Shovels & Rope. Concerts will be hosted by NPR Music critic Ann Powers; Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR Music's All Songs Considered; WFUV host and program director Rita Houston; and WFUV host and producer Alisa Ali. Support for NPR Music's broadcast of the Newport Folk Festival comes from Squarespace.

NPR Music then teams up with WBGO Jazz 88.3FM Newark and 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio for an audio stream of the Jazz Festival on August 3 and 4. Listen for sets from the likes of trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and singer Gregory Porter. Josh Jackson, WBGO special projects producer and host of The Checkout and creator of the series The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca, will anchor all Jazz Festival coverage.

Confirmed broadcast schedules will be announced closer to Festival dates via NPR Music.

Coverage of the 2013 Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals is part of NPR Music's and public radio stations' efforts to bring audiences the best in live performance. NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit at www.npr.org/music and via NPR Music mobile apps.

The Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. was founded by George Wein in 2011 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

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