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 PBS has appropriately scheduled The Newport Effect, a feature length documentary produced by Naka Productions, to air a couple times before the festival, on July 17th at 7pm and on July 19th at 4am.

The Newport Effect, which is narrated by Joan 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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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).