SANTA MONICA, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Kingston Trio, who famously transformed folk music from cult to pop status in the late '50s and early '60s, has joined the lineup for the first annual L.A. Acoustic Music Festival. The event, featuring a lineup of folk and Americana artists, makes its debut over the weekend of June 6–7, 2009 on the beautiful Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. The two-day celebration of acoustic music – which takes place during the Pier's 100th Anniversary year – benefits the California Acoustic Music Project (CAMP).
Formed in San Francisco’s North Beach club scene in 1957, the Kingston Trio were key in the genesis of the ‘60s folk revival. Their 1958 #1 hit "Tom Dooley" created a national audience. In the next four years, they recorded ten albums and at one time had four albums on Billboard’s Top 10 album chart. Among the group’s other hits were "Greenback Dollar," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "The Tijuana Jail," "A Worried Man" and "The Rev. Mr. Black." The Kingston Trio opened the door and paved the way for such icons as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, the Smothers Brothers, Peter, Paul & Mary and Jackson Browne. The Kingston Trio tradition lives on with the present lineup of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Doughtery. They will perform Saturday, at 5 p.m. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers