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Jack White to Perform at 2014 Newport Folk Festival

by Photo of Jas Pybas

For the first time, Jack White is going to perform in Newport this July as the lineup is now complete.

Jack White to Perform at 2014 Newport Folk Festival

Editor's Note: White was a popular pick by speculators as to who the Saturday headliner would be, and now that the news is official, the Newport Folk Festival just got that much better. - Ross

Jack White, who just released his brand new second solo album Lazaretto on June 10, will be performing for the first time at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival late July as a part of his tour. His album is already #1 on iTunes charts.

The Newport Folk Festival is known for hosting folk, blues and country artists (and historically Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Howlin' Wolf in the 60s), so it's only right that Jack White is a major headliner in this year's lineup. Producer Jay Sweet of the Newport Folk Festival realized the necessary, and yet somehow unfulfilled, presence of Mr. White when he was chosen by cofounder George Wein to compile a list of artists who have yet to play the festival:

During that same first meeting, George also asked me what we could do to help bring the blues back to Newport in a meaningful and explosive way, something that would tie Newport’s history with Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Skip James and of course Son House to the present. I circled a name atop the list and answered, “Jack White”.

The genres of blues, country and folk have undoubtedly inspired White since the early days of his two-man-band The White Stripes, and its sound has continued to influence each released solo track and album. His presence will contribute greatly to the blues revival theme of the festival.

The event is set to last three days in late July from the 25th through the 27th, with an abundance of artists including Conor Oberst, Band of Horses and Nickel Creek. Here's the entire lineup, which is now complete after a rolling announcement the last couple months:

Friday, July 25th

Ryan Adams
Band of Horses
Jimmy Cliff
Jenny Lewis
Sun Kil Moon
Robert Hunter
The Devil Makes Three
Lake Street Dive
Noah Gunderson
Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
Death Vessel
Mandolin Orange
Tall Tall Trees
For Pete's Sake

Saturday, July 26th

Jack White
Nickel Creek
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Deer Tick
Shovels and Rope
The Milk Carton Kids
Pokey LaFarge
Puss 'n' Boots
J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Shakey Graves
John Reilly and Friends
The Haden Triplets
The Oh Hellos
Aoife O'Donovan
Willie Watson
Benjamin Booker
For Pete's Sake
Language Lessons V.1

Sunday, July 27th

Mavis Staples
Jeff Tweedy
Conor Oberst
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trampled by Turtles
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Pegi Young and The Survivors
Gregory Alan Isakov
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
Valerie June
Caitlin Rose
Ages and Ages
Leif Vollebekk
The Deslondes
Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir
The Bluegrass Situation
For Pete's Sake

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