In 1962, two young members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee formed a gospel vocal quartet named the Freedom Singers. Peter and Toshi Seeger assisted the Freedom Singers in organizing a nationwide collegiate tour. As a result, the civil rights community became deeply embraced by the folk music community. In 1963, the Freedom Singers performed on the first night of the Newport Folk Festival and, on the second night, Joan Baez joined the activists and about 600 festival-goers on a march through Newport. Peter, Paul and Mary were scheduled for the final performance on Friday. And it was decided that Bob Dylan would close that night. Dylan performed all three nights, but didn’t return to the festival until 1964.
Offering two tickets, 4 x 4 3/4, tickets to the Sunday, July 28, 1963 performance from the Newport Folk Festival, marking the last day of the festival and the first weekend that Bob Dylan ever played at the festival. He performed all three days. The ticket numbers are 317 and 318 and read, “Newport Folk Foundation Presents 1963 Newport Folk Festival, Box No. 53.”
Light toning, small remnants to the left edge indicating the tickets have been removed likely from the ticket book. Quite rare to have items from the 1963 festival.
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