(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — One of America’s most prestigious musical events, the Apple & Eve Newport Folk Festival returns August 6-8 in Newport, RI for its 45th year with a diverse lineup of songwriters, roots and blues players, traditional musicians, new artists and a splash of gospel. Festival Productions in the producer.
Ron Sexmith opens the festival on August 6 in the Ballroom of the Hotel Viking. On August 7, the festival moves to Fort Adams State Park with performances on the Fort and Borders stages with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Corey Harris & 5X5, Mindy Smith, Slaid Cleaves, Vusi Mahlasela and Lila Downs & Mary Jane Lamond. On August 8, performers on the Fort and Borders stages include Wilco, Doc Watson, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborne, the Dixie Hummingbirds with special guests Levon Helm & Garth Hudson, Ollabelle, Laura Cantrell, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lori McKenna and Darden Smith.
The festival has expanded the third stage, now called the Waterside Stage, which will be larger, tented and will feature a variety of string bands throughout the day. Festival producers wanted to create an area where people could take their children and dance all day. On August 7, the stage will feature The Mammals, Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, Laura Cortese & Ten Brooks. On August 8, Old Crow Medicine Show, Crooked Still and The Mammals will perform. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen