PS22 Chorus Will Hopefully Go Electric at Newport Folk Festival

The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Tegan and Sara, and Oscar darlings the PS22 Chorus will be among the artists heading up to Rhode Island this summer to perform at the annual Newport Folk Festival, which is like America's much-quieter response to the Reading and Leeds fests. Now celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the Newport Folk Festival always does a great job blending older acts with the newer artists they've inspired, and this year is no exception: Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Wanda Jackson will share the bill with Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, and the Felice Brothers on July 30th and 31st.

The Decemberists previously headlined the fest in 2009, when they staged a funny recreation of Bob Dylan's infamous electric guitar controversy at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Jack White's mobile Third Man Rolling Record Store will also park at the fest. And hopefully, the PS22 Chorus will master songs like Dylan's rapid-fire "Subterranean Homesick Blues" at its Staten Island elementary school before embarking to Newport.

Folk music has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent years thanks to acts like Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons -- and even got a spotlight at the 2011 Grammys -- and while this year's lineup is not quite Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan going electric, it's still a great roster and an excellent reason to visit scenic Newport.

July 30, 2011
The Decemberists
Gillian Welch
Gogol Bordello
Earl Scruggs
Ramblin Jack Elliott
Tegan and Sara (acoustic)
Mavis Staples
The Felice Brothers
Delta Spirit
Freelance Whales
Devil Makes Three
Song Circle w/ Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Liz Queler
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
River City Extension
PS22 Chorus
The Wailin' Jennys
The Ebony Hillbillies
What Cheer? Brigade

July 31, 2011
EmmyLou Harris
Elvis Costello (acoustic)
Amos Lee
Wanda Jackson
Middle Brother
Justin Townes Earle
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Civil Wars
Trampled By Turtles
The Cave Singers
The Head & The Heart
Secret Sisters
David Wax Museum
Mountain Man
Brown Bird
The Seeger Clogging All-Stars

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