Levon Helm, Avetts, Sharon Jones, Steve Martin, Many More to Play 2010 Newport Folk Festival

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After the dustbowl that is Bonnaroo wraps up in June, summer festival-goers may be in the mood for a milder climate in which to enjoy their next batch of tunes. Newport, R.I., is off the beaten path for a summer-time music bash, but the line-up for the 51st annual showcase of blues, roots, gospel, country, bluegrass, Cajun and traditional folk at this year’s Newport Folk Festival makes a trip to this year’s festivities worth the trek.

Newport Folk Festival will be held July 30-Aug. 1 this year and boasts guests including the Avett Brothers, Andrew Bird, Brandi Carlile, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Swell Season. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Mach 26, at 10 a.m. EST.

A partial list of performers for George Wein’s 2010 Newport Folk Festival:

July 30, beginning at 8:00 pm @ International Tennis Hall of Fame
Steve Martin & The SteepCanyon Rangers
Tim O’Brien
Sarah Jarosz

July 31 from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm @ Fort Adams State Park
John Prine
Andrew Bird
Brandi Carlile
The Low Anthem
Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket
Doc Watson & David Holt
Liz Longley
Blitzen Trapper
A.A. Bondy
Sam Bush

August 1 from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm @ Fort Adams State Park
Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road
The Swell Season
The Avett Brothers
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Richie Havens
Justin Townes Earle
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Punch Brothers with Chris Thile
The Felice Brothers
Tao Seeger Band
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
Pokey LaFarge & the SouthCity Three