The organizers of the famed Newport Folk Festival are bringing elements of the iconic event west this October, when they present Way Over Yonder on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. on Oct. 5 and 6. HT faves Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Brett Dennen and The Felice Brothers are among the acts taking part in the new festival, which will feature two stages.
Here’s the list of Main Stage acts:
Oct. 5: Neko Case, Brett Dennen, Justin Townes Earle, Calexico, Shovels & Rope
Oct. 6: Conor Oberst, First Aid Kit, The Felice Brothers, Jonathan Wilson, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
“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 Newport Folk producer Jay Sweet in a statement. “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.”
Newport Folk founder George Wein added in the press release, “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.”
Smaller acts “In The Carousel” include Neal Casal, Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray For The Riff Raff. Early-bird tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10AM local time via the event’s website.