With the 2016 Newport Folk Festival just days away, there’s plenty to be excited about – amazing artists are scheduled to perform, the long-range weather forecast is calling for warm and dry conditions and well…just about everything about the three-day weekend has us excited.

Rhode Island PBShas appropriately scheduled The Newport Effect, a feature length documentary produced byNaka Productions,to aira couple times before the festival, on July 17th at 7pm and on July 19th at 4am.

The Newport Effect, which is narrated byJoan Armatrading,chronicles the history of the Newport Folk Festival and its profound impact on the world of folk music.

The film features interviews, performances and explores the rich legacy of the festival, from social activism to launching the careers of new artists to showcasing a wide range of music genres.

Segment narrators also include Rosanne Cash, Michael Doucet, Steve Earle, Angelique Kidjo, Pokey LaFarge, Tom Morello, Mavis Staples and Lucinda Williams.

Watch the Newport Effect on RI PBS:

  • Sunday, July 17th from 7pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday, July 19th from 4am -5am
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