Folk Festival continues in Newport

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — The Newport Folk Festival continues with a second day of music with a special guest: the guitar Bob Dylan used to go electric.

Dylan’s performance happened 50 years ago Saturday, and is considered one of the most important moments in rock history. The three-day festival is marking the anniversary with special performances and surprises, including Dylan’s guitar, which is now owned by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts.

Festival organizers say they hope some of the musicians can play Dylan’s guitar. It hasn’t been played in public in 50 years.

Big acts playing Saturday include The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. Friday night, headliner Roger Waters of Pink Floyd wowed the crowd.

Sunday’s festival closing includes a secret lineup of around a dozen musicians playing in celebration of Dylan’s 1965 performance.

The festival has been sold out for months, even before many of the acts were announced.

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