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Seeger tribute at Newport honors traditional folk
Seeger tribute at Newport Folk Festival honors tradition, spotlights lesser-known performers
By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press
2014-07-20 11:22 PM

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Few musicians are as closely linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger.

The banjo-playing activist helped found the festival in 1959 and was involved with it until he died in January.

A new program this year, called For Pete's Sake, is meant as a platform for musicians who continue Seeger's spirit.

They'll play at the same festival where Bob Dylan went electric in 1965. It's made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and new. Top acts this year include Jack White, Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples.

For Pete's Sake will include workshops and performances.

It was organized by Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who says he wants to spur curiosity and get people to dig deeper into music.

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