The Pixies will unplug for the first time in their career later this summer at Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival. The group will anchor the Aug. 6 bill for the long-running event, which famously saw Bob Dylan abandon acoustic performances in favor of a set that featured electric guitar in 1965.
Also on the Aug. 6 bill are Richard Thompson (performing solo acoustic), the Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio, Patty Griffin, the Del McCoury Band, the Holmes Brothers and Ray LaMontagne.
The following night, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, M. Ward, Kasey Chambers, Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jim Lauderdale will take the Dunkin Donuts-sponsored main stage.
Among the acts set to perform on the Borders-sponsored second stage throughout the festival are Kaki King, Odetta, Teddy Thompson, Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, and Jane Siberry. On Aug. 5, Arlo Guthrie and Nanci Griffith will play an affiliated show at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.