The Newport Folk Festival Gets West Coast Edition in form of Way Over Yonder
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:05:29
The Newport Folk Festival, America's original music festival, follows Route 66 all the way across the country this fall to Santa Monica, CA for the inaugural edition of Way Over Yonder.
Appearing at Way Over Yonder:
Saturday, October 5
Justin Townes Earle
Shovels & Rope
Sunday, October 6
First Aid Kit
The Felice Brothers
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger, Newport Folk Festival, a favorite summer stop for musicians and fans alike, continues in the forefront of live music events, for the last five years under the stewardship of producer Jay Sweet. In February, it received the Best Music Festival award by Pollstar, the concert industry trade publication, and returns to Fort Adams Park in Rhode Island this July with headliners Beck, The Lumineers, Feist, and The Avett Brothers. WOO is another step in Newport Folk's journey as a national treasure.
"We are thrilled to bring Newport Folk Festival to the West Coast, and look forward to meeting new friends and expanding the Newport Folk Family," said Sweet. "I am humbled that we are able to partner with people who respect the history of our festival and share the dream of making sure this fabulous music continues to evolve and reach new audiences."
Wein added, "While our festival has been filled to capacity over the past few years, this partnership makes it possible for fans to experience some of the same great artists in a similar picture perfect setting. With the Newport Bridge, historic Fort Adams and Narragansett Bay as backdrops, enjoying Newport has been as special as the music. The Santa Monica Pier holds its own unique magic, and no doubt music lovers will also want to come back there year after year."
Way Over Yonder brings the same spirit west and will feature two stages on the historic and picturesque Santa Monica Pier, a perfect bookend to Newport Folk's primary location on the New England shore.
For more info, visit newportfolkfest.net, and snag tickets over at Ticketfly.
Anyone out West planning to mosey Way Over Yonder?