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Staples to perform at Newport Folk Festival

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 7:42 p.m.
 

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Newport Folk Festival says gospel singer Mavis Staples will perform in this year's line-up.

Staples is the first act to be announced for the 2014 festival, which will be held July 25-27. The festival says special guests will honor her birthday and “75 Years of Mavis” throughout the weekend.

Founder George Wein said on Monday it's a joy to honor Staples. He said her family's band, The Staple Singers, was one of the first gospel groups to play in Newport and that they have appeared in both the folk and jazz festivals over the years.

The festival began in 1959 and has featured influential musicians such as Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash.

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