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SUNDAY

Revived in 1988 by (who else?) Ben & Jerry’s, the Newport Folk Festival has been recently updated further by joining Lilith, H.O.R.D.E., etc. on the road. If the Newport name sounds familiar, it’s undoubtedly because you’ve heard about the watershed fest of ’65 when Bob Dylan played a short electric set to a discordant chorus of cheers and boos. No one in the Merriweather lineup is likely to cause an uproar, but a few of the artists have vague connections to the event’s famous rebel moment. Wilco (pictured), with the help of Billy Bragg (who isn’t appearing), recently tampered with the sacred Woody Guthrie legend, setting some of the icon’s unsung lyrics to folk rock on the potentially immortal Mermaid Avenue. While the Violent Femmes are long past their prime, their snotty, punk-folk debut from ’83 still has plenty of legs—expect to hear a lot from it. If her press clips are to be believed, you’ll recognize Lucinda Williams as the current holder of Dylan’s on-again, off-again title as the world’s greatest songwriter. Jazz iconoclast Olu Dara will provide perhaps the day’s most eclectic interpretation of “folk”; the music on his debut album, In the World From Natchez to New York, cuts a swath as wide as its title claims. Sharing the bill with Dara on the Festival’s second stage will be Mark Eitzel, Steve Plotz, and Rufus Wainwright. Nanci Griffith, John Hiatt, Joan Baez, Marc Cohn, Rodney Crowell, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, and, um, Lisa Loeb will round out the main stage lineup. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia. $27.75-50. (301) 982-1800. (Brett Anderson)