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Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals Canceled for 2020

Organizers for the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo have announced that the annual festivals will not occur in 2020 due to the coronavirus. “As devastating as it is to write these words, it’s balanced with a renewed sense of, well, HOPE,” said the festival’s executive producer Jay Sweet. “It’s Rhode...

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Watch Kermit the Frog Perform With Jim James and Janet Weiss at Newport Folk Fest

Kermit the Frog made a surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend, performing alongside a band that included ex-Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. During a rendition of that classic Muppet Movie jam “Rainbow Connection,” Kermit invited My Morning Jacket’s Jim James on stage and made it a duet. Janet Weiss announced her departure from Sleater-Kinney earlier...

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