Newport Festival to Mark 50th Year Since Dylan Went Electric
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — This year's Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island plans to pay tribute to the moment when Bob Dylan made rock history by going electric 50 years ago.
The festival will have a secret lineup of musicians billed as '65 Revisited.
Festival producer Jay Sweet on Tuesday called it an "all-star lineup" of nearly a dozen contemporary artists celebrating Dylan's 1965 performance. It will close out the three-day festival, which runs July 24-26.
Dylan is not playing. But Sweet says he's invited to play every year. He last played Newport in 2002.
Sweet says if there's any year Dylan wouldn't come it's his guess it would probably be this one.
Tickets are sold out for the last two days, but a few are available for the opening day.
Other headliners include Roger Waters and The Decemberists.