Organizers of the Newport Folk Festival threw an informal party earlier this evening at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge to coincide with the announcement of this year's artist lineup. And they had plenty to celebrate.
Set for July 28-29 at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, this year's event balances an incredibly strong mix of contemporary bands (My Morning Jacket, Dawes) with a roster of respected veterans (Jackson Browne, Spider John Koerner). As usual, it's all over the musical map, with genres spanning indie folk (Iron & Wine) and bluegrass (Punch Brothers) to jazz (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and soul (Charles Bradley).
Here's the schedule for the weekend festival. Tickets are on sale here. Make haste: They will indeed sell out.
JULY 28, SATURDAY
My Morning Jacket
Iron & Wine
Guthrie Family Rides Again
City & Colour
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sharon Van Etten
First Aid Kit
Spirit Family Reunion
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
JULY 29, SUNDAY
The Tallest Man on Earth
The Head & the Heart
Gary Clark, Jr.
Trampled By Turtles
Of Monsters and Men
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Spider John Koerner
Deep Dark Woods
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
About Sound Effects
ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.