The Top 5 Folk Music Festivals of 2014

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Looking for a great folk music festival to attend this year? Check out our list of the top 5 festivals in the country!

Newport Folk Festival- Newport, Rhode Island

The Newport Folk Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Newport, Rhode Island. The festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein and is now run by the Newport Festivals Foundation. The event is held every summer on the last full weekend in July. The 2014 festival will take place from July 25-27.

The Newport Folk Festival is known for its intimate atmosphere and its focus on traditional folk music and up-and-coming singer-songwriters. The festival has also been influential in the development of other genres of music, such as country, blues, and rock. Some of the biggest names in music have played at the Newport Folk Festival over the years, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Leonard Cohen.

If you’re a fan of folk music, or just looking for a great musical experience, the Newport Folk Festival is definitely worth checking out.

Old Settler’s Music Festival- Austin, Texas

The Old Settler’s Music Festival is one of the top 5 folk music festivals in the country. This year, it will be held from April 10-13 in Austin, Texas. The lineup includes some of the biggest names in folk music, such as The Civil Wars, Iron and Wine, and Mumford and Sons. If you’re looking for a great festival to see some incredible live music, this is the one for you.

Pickathon- Portland, Oregon

The Pickathon is one of the most well-rounded and diverse music festivals in the country. With a lineup that includes both contemporary and traditional folk acts, the Pickathon has something for everyone. The four-day festival takes place in August on a beautiful farm just outside of Portland, Oregon.

RockyGrass- Lyons, Colorado

RockyGrass is an annual bluegrass music festival that takes place in Lyons, Colorado. The three-day event features live performances by some of the genre’s biggest names, as well as workshops, camping and other activities.

The 2014 lineup includes Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more. Tickets start at $110 for a three-day pass.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival- Telluride, Colorado

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is an annual music festival in Telluride, Colorado. The festival is held in the historic Town Park, nestled in a box canyon surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks. The festival features several stages of live music, on-site camping, workshops, discussions and other events. The lineup typically includes a mix of bluegrass, folk, country and jam bands.

Some notable past performers include: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Prine, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The 2014 festival will take place from June 19-22.

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