Newport Folk Festival

Late this afternoon I had a chance to listen online to The Decemberists , the closing act for the Saturday show of the Newport Folk Festival. In the early years – the festival was formed in 1959 – it featured well-known artists Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Oops, I disgress. What was so special was that today I had a chance to hear and see today’s show. So I thought to pass on this note in hopes some of you might get a chance to hear tomorrow’s acts.

Sunday headlines include: Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Amos Lee. You should be able to listen to the Sunday show courtesy of WFUV. They have set up a Newport Folk Fest 2011 page. If you scroll down to the bottom of that page you will see a listing of most of the Newport scheduled acts. It will take you to dozens of’s archived performances and interviews.

If you visit the Newport Folk Festival site, you can download a free 2011 Newport Folk IPHONE/IPAD/IPOD app. Enjoy the show, tomorrow and online in the future – as the shows will be archived so I hear.

Jamfest 3 – June 20th – Jackson, New Jersey

Jamfest 3, a 12 hour music event, will be held June 20th, hosted by the Central Jersey Italian-American Club located at 36 Cpl. Luigi Marciante Jr. Memorial Blvd. (aka Christopher Columbus Blvd.) in Jackson, New Jersey. Proceeds will benefit the Glenn Fredericks Brain Tumor Fund (Glenn is my brother-in-law) and NJSPCA.

25 bands and singer-songwriters are scheduled to perform on two stages, inside and out. Showtime begins at 12 noon. There will be full set tributes to the music of The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, and The Grateful Dead.

Scheduled artists include: Redliner, Lone Shark, Colie Brice & New Age Blues Experience, Thursday Night All Stars, Nineteen/Stone Band, The E Street Shuffle Band, Cool Days End, World Within, Black Reign Boothill Express, Sibling Rivalry, Demic & Bawsten, The Young Guns, Aster Pheonyx, Gil Velazquez, Jessica Paris, Mash McLain, John Tornquist & Evergreen File, Third and Main, The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, The Metal Piano Man, Jo Wymer & The Itty Bitty Band, Michael Patrick, Bobby Strange, Stephanie White & The Philth Harmonic, Jupiter Jones.

Advance tickets are available online at $15 or $20 on the day of the event. For further information contact 732-370-9820 or 732-610-4921. Check out the Jamfest 3 webpage on Myspace.