Festival Network LLC, is proud to announce the addition of Trey Anastasio, Richie Havens and Son Volt to the lineup of the 2008 Newport Folk Festival – modern alt-country 11-piece Red Rooster has also been added to the roster. The 49th annual festival will take place August 1 – August 3 at historic Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased exclusively online at www.newportfolk.com or by calling (877) 655-4TIX.
The Newport Folk Festival will bring Trey Anastasio to the stage for a solo acoustic set and his first full performance in 17 months. This will be Anastasio’s first-time playing Newport and his first-ever full solo acoustic show. Additionally, folk-funk pioneer Richie Havens will make a historic return to the festival after seventeen years, while alt-country rockers Son Volt and Red Rooster will make their debut. These artists join the already stellar 2008 lineup which pairs rising stars like Cat Power and Jim James of My Morning Jacket with venerated stalwarts such as Jimmy Buffett, The Black Crowes and Levon Helm (see below for complete lineup).
Anastasio’s Newport Folk appearance will mark his return to the live stage with his first full solo set since March 2007. "Newport has such an amazing heritage," said Anastasio. "It will be a true honor for me to play on the same historic stage as my heroes like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and so many others."
Anastasio’s new live album, Original Boardwalk Style, will be released May 13th on his label, Rubber Jungle Records. Proceeds from each sale will benefit the Seven Below Arts Initiative, established to foster artistic development and support arts education in the state of Vermont.