Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.
The Newport Jazz Festival will be a little longer next year.
The Newport Jazz Festival, which has been a two-day event for decades, is adding a third day for its 60th anniversary next year. The bonus day will be Friday, August 1st and will feature new and emerging artists. The extra day was made possible by a 40-thousand dollar grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Neil Steinberg is CEO of the Foundation.
Most folks attending the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend will be at Fort Adams State Park to hear some of the best jazz anywhere. Congressman David Cicilline, the 1st District Democrat, will be use the jazz weekend as an opportunity to hoover up some campaign cash in the seaside city where houses have names.