Thursday, June 16, 2005

PIxies at Newport With Donuts, Books, and Tennis

Here's something from

The Pixies will unplug for the first time in their career later this summer at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival. The group will anchor the Aug. 6 bill for the long-running event, which famously saw Bob Dylan abandon acoustic performances in favor of a set that featured electric guitar in 1965.

...The following night, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, M. Ward, Kasey Chambers, Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jim Lauderdale will take the Dunkin Donuts-sponsored main stage.

Among the acts set to perform on the Borders-sponsored second stage throughout the festival are Kaki King, Odetta, Teddy Thompson, Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, and Jane Siberry. On Aug. 5, Arlo Guthrie and Nanci Griffith will play an affiliated show at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
You have to love a folk festival sponsored by gigantic corporations, especially ones like Dunkin Donuts and Borders that stomp out the little guy. And I wonder if Arlo Guthrie and Nancie Griffith will get in a set or two of mixed doubles. I'd like to see them take on John Prine and Lucinda Williams.

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