Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Band of Horses perform onstage during Citi Presents exclusive performance for Citi cardmembers as part of the Evenings with Legends Series at The McKittrick Hotel, home of SLEEP NO MORE on January 30, 2014 in New York City.

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The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd.

The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel.

Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

It continues Saturday and Sunday with Jack White, Mavis Staples and other acts.

This year will be the first since the death in January of folk singer and banjo player Pete Seeger, who helped start the festival 55 years ago. He was involved in it until he died.

Seeger's legacy will be honored with a special program called For Pete's Sake, which will feature performances and workshops by a variety of traditional folk acts.