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NPR TO WEBCAST NEWPORT JAZZ AND FOLK FESTS

By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 30 JULY 2008 - Can't make it to the Newport Jazz Fest? Here's an alternative. NPR Music, together with NPR Member stations WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ, and WFUV 90.7FM New York, will live webcast and broadcast four days of performances from Festival Network's Newport Folk Festival and JVC Jazz Festival Newport in August, offering music by esteemed folk, rock, country, jazz, reggae and blues artists. All of the concerts will be streamed live and free, and archived for on-demand listening at NPR Music: www.NPR.org/music. Select concerts will also be podcast.

As part of this festival coverage, NPR Music, WBGO and WFUV will also produce radio specials from the festivals, highlighting standout performances and interviews with musicians. The broadcast specials will air on NPR Member stations across the country. Throughout the festivals, NPR will also host a live web chat at www.NPR.org/music NPR Music is a media partner for both festivals, and is teaming with Festival Network on its webcasts and broadcasts of the concerts.

NPR Music and WFUV will webcast more than 10 performances from the biggest names playing the Newport Folk Festival over two days: Saturday 2 August from noon to 5:00PM (ET) and Sunday, August 3 from 11:30AM to 3:00PM (ET). WFUV will also broadcast live from the festival on 2 August. Confirmed artists include Jim James of My Morning Jacket; She & Him, the musical pairing of M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel; and folk-funk pioneer Richie Havens, who returns to the festival after 17 years. NPR Music will also webcast concerts by Gillian Welch, Steve Earle and Alison Moorer, Calexico, Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers, Cowboy Junkies and Brandi Carlile. The webcasts will be co-hosted by Bob Boilen, host and creator of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered, and WFUV host and music director Rita Houston. Updated artist lists and performance schedules are at: www.nprmusic.org/newportfolkfestival

The following weekend, 9 and 10 August, NPR Music and WBGO team up to live webcast main stage acts from the JVC Jazz Festival Newport. WBGO will also broadcast live from 11:30AM to 2:00PM (ET) on both days. On the bill are legendary pianist Herbie Hancock; producer, performer and Jazz Festival founder George Wein; guitarist Howard Alden; along with rising jazz stars Esperanza Spalding and Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos. WBGO special projects producer Josh Jackson will host the Jazz Festival webcasts. Updated artist lists and performance schedules are at: www.nprmusic.org/jvcjazzfestnewport.

2008 JVC Jazz Festival Newport
8 - 10 August 2008
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Folk Festival
1 - 3 August 2008
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, Rhode Island



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