Mavis Staples will perform in July

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NEWPORT, R.I. -- Mavis Staples will perform in this year's line-up at the Newport Folk Festival.

Staples is the first act to be announced for the 2014 festival, which will take place from July 25 to 27. A festival spokesperson said special guests will honor her birthday and "75 Years of Mavis" throughout the weekend.

Founder George Wein said 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 at Newport and that they have appeared at both the folk and jazz festivals over the years.

The festival was first held in 1959 and has featured influential musicians like Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash.

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