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Wein said he’d like to find a big sponsor to underwrite both events and establish an endowment to ensure they “go on forever.” He said he has no plans to stop producing them. “What else am I going to do?” he said.

James, of My Morning Jacket, liked the folk festival so much he volunteered to serve on as an adviser to Wein and the foundation board.

“There is no reason the festival shouldn’t be around as long as humans are around,” James said. “It would be a crime if it’s not.”