Jan 8, 2014
Watch Thursday, January 9th 9-11pm
Produced by Naka Productions, The Newport Effect is a feature length documentary film that covers the history of the legendary Newport Folk Festival and its profound impact on the world of folk music. Started in 1959 by jazz impresario George Wein, the Newport Folk Festival is the grandfather of music festivals and laid the foundation for music festivals of today. It was instrumental in resurrecting the careers of many forgotten blues artists and in the survival of the dying art of Cajun music. Narrated by Joan Armatrading.
Part One: The first hour explores the genesis and early days of the festival, along with segments, hosted by guest narrators who have ties to the festival, that explore the festival’s impact on Traditional Music (Rosanne Cash), Cajun Music (Michael Doucet), the Blues (Lucinda Williams) and Social Activism (Tom Morello).
Part Two: The second hour examines the continuing decades of the festival, including Bob Dylan’s historic appearances and it’s continuing legacy in the world of folk music today. Guest narrated segments in hour two feature World Music (Angelique Kidjo), Gospel (Mavis Staples), Risk Taking (Steve Earle) and New Artists (Pokey LaFarge.)