NEWPORT, R.I. — The Newport Folk Festival is kicking off three days of music in Rhode Island.
Thousands of music lovers are expected to descend on the city by the sea for this year’s festival at Fort Adams, which sold out before any acts were announced. This is the 58th anniversary of the festival’s founding in 1959. It’s most famous for being the place where Bob Dylan “went electric” in 1965.
The festival is now run by a nonprofit foundation.
Acts including Fleet Foxes and Regina Spektor are among the artists performing Friday. Wilco and the Avett Brothers lead Saturday’s lineup. Sunday will include a tribute to Chuck Berry, as well as Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Prine and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens.
Giddens will also perform at next week’s jazz festival.