In lieu of its physical event, Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival will pivot to a virtual Folk On Revival Weekend from July 31-Aug. 2.
Looking back at the star-studded Mavis 80 show as well as “Deer Tick & Friends,” the ticketed livestream will showcase Newport regulars like Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile and more.
Additionally, the weekend will culminate with the free Our Voices Together film, “featuring never-seen-before performances from Brandi Carlile, Jim James, Roger Waters with Lucius, Jason Isbell and more.”
Our Voices Together will air on Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
“In the history of this festival, there has never been a time like we’re in now,” explains Executive Producer Jay Sweet. “A global pandemic shuttering our plans to congregate before quickly shifting into the biggest civil rights movement in over 50 years. Many of our lives have drastically changed, financially, emotionally, and/or irrevocably. It has been painful for many of us, on the front lines fighting the pandemic, on the front lines fighting social injustice and especially for those losing loved ones along the way. While it was an emotional gut punch to cancel the festival in a year where it is so clearly needed, we felt it was imperative to our community to do something. Music has always brought our family together, even when we’re divided. The Newport stage has always been a sanctuary for artists to speak their minds on the times in front of us, not with merely one voice alone, but many in unison. This year’s Newport is no exception, collectively representing what it feels like to be human in today’s world by amplifying our convictions. For 2020 these voices will be our megaphone, these events our stage.”
Tune in and get more information at NewportFolk.org/revival.