Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™
Announces New Members
for Newport Folk Festival®
Board of Advisors and Evening Series
Taylor Goldsmith & John McCauley Join
Newport Folk Festival’s Board of Advisors
Events Featuring Dawes & Deer Tick Will Take Place Each Night of Festival
Joanne Hoops, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, has seen first-hand the effects of support from the Newport Festivals Foundation. She says the Foundation’s funding “had a tremendous impact on our members, and has made it possible to provide a wide range of musically-oriented programs, and new instruments, to children ages 3-18 … and we feel fortunate that we have had the opportunity to provide children who need us most, access to music education. Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together."
“I’m truly honored to be included on the Board of Advisors for the Newport Folk Festival. I have always felt like the Newport Folk Festival has been able to keep people aware of what the power of song can be,” said Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith. “Yes, it can be fun and entertaining and lively, and should be, but it can also give voice to a generation and a collective worldview in a way that no other art form can provide. Music has taken on so many shapes and branched off into so many great genres, that it’s easy to lose sight of this more traditional service that a song can provide. And, if anyone wants to reconnect with where that ‘service’ or sanctity of song stands at this current moment in time, the Newport Folk Festival arranges it perfectly year after year.”
“The first concert I ever attended was the 1988 Newport Folk Festival,” remembers Deer Tick’s John McCauley. “My parents took me to see Los Lobos. This was probably the most important moment in my musical career. It’s very cool having such an important and historical festival right in the backyard of where I grew up. It’s an honor to work with the Newport Festivals Foundation, and such an honor to be asked back to the Folk Festival as often as I am.”
DAWES & FRIENDS AND DEER TICK HOST LATE-NIGHT CONCERTS
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ also announces a series of evening concerts at the historic Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, and The Newport Blues Café, 286 Thames Street, in Newport.
“An Evening with Dawes & Friends” will take place Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 PM at the Jane Pickens Theater. Tickets are $ 45. All seating is general admission. Shows are 21+ with valid ID required. Check in will begin at 8:00 PM and doors open at 8:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 29, at 10:00 am at http://newportfolkfest.net/dawes-and-friends/
On Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, Deer Tick will once again host a three-night run at The Newport Blues Café. This will be the third year in a row that the Folk Festival favorites, and Rhode Island locals, have hosted an evening series at this popular venue. Proceeds from these concerts will benefit both the Newport Festivals Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. For more info on the Deer Tick events, visit http://www.newportblues.com/Newport_Blues_Cafe/Home.html.
This year’s evening concerts will take the place of the Backstage BBQ which, for the past two years, has raised funds to benefit the Newport Festivals Foundation.
The announcement of the new Advisors and the Evening Series follows the news that, for the third year in a row, Early Bird, 3-day, 2-day weekend passes, and individual day passes for Saturday and Sunday are sold out. Day passes for Friday are still available for $49, while supplies last. Friday passes can be found at: http://www.newportfolkfest.net/tickets.
The 2013 Newport Folk Festival presents Beck, Feist, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jim James, The Lumineers, Jason Isbell, Iris DeMent, Colin Meloy, John McCauley, Cold Specks, The Mountain Goats and many more. For the complete line-up, visit www.newportfolkfest.org.
The Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build upon and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival® presents performers who respect and honor folk and jazz music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with local high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE EVENING SERIES VENUES
As one of America's oldest theater buildings, the Jane Pickens Theater is an important part of the social fabric of the city of Newport. Located in Washington Square, the historic center of Newport, RI, the Jane Pickens Theater focuses on utilizing the space for fundraising for a variety of non-profit causes within the Newport community. The appeal of the films that are screened & the events that are created in this unique public meeting space is to a broad range of the local community and to an important tourist base.
The Newport Blues Café is a world class, live music venue located on the renowned Thames Street in the heart of downtown Newport, RI. The home of Newport Blues Cafe is an historic brownstone built in 1892 to house the Newport National Bank. The venue's commitment to the finest in live music, food, and drink remains the same as it was when the doors first opened for music in 1995.