2019 American Music Awards

Jim James Jams with Kermit the Frog on 'Rainbow Connection' at Newport Folk Festival: Watch

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Jim James and Kermit the Frog perform sing during "If I Had A Song", closing the 60th annual Newport Folk Festival 2019 at Fort Adams State Park on July 28, 2019 in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Former Sleater-Kinney drummer janet Weiss was on drums.

Kermit the Frog invited some very special guests to join him during a surprise set at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday (July 28). The unannounced appearance from from the most beloved Muppet found Kermit plunking out the beloved strains of "Rainbow Connection" on his banjo, backed by a band that included recently departed Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss.

"Please welcome my friend Jim James," Kermit told the hyped crowd as the My Morning Jacket singer strolled out wearing a blue jacket emblazoned with shooting stars to share the second verse with his green pal.     

Weiss recently left Sleater-Kinney after more than two decades behind the beat for the trio, whose new album, The Center Cannot Hold, is due out on Aug. 16. James has been on the road all summer on a solo tour as MMJ prepare to release the 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, The Tennessee Fire (Aug. 2).  

Watch the "Rainbow Connection" performance below.

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