Newport BridgeFest

Entering its 7th year, Newport BridgeFest is a local, live music and music education festival that “bridges” the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community.

This year’s festival dates are Monday July 27 through Thursday July 30, 2015, here’s the full Newport BridgeFest Schedule

  • 8 AM: Music & Yoga at Island Moving Company featuring live music by Dave Passafiume and EBB & FLOW instructor Katie Moorhead.
  • 10:30 AM: Redwood Library and Athenaeum Educational Event: Celebrating The Summertime with Song featuring Christopher Kavi Carbone.
  • 11 AM – 7 PM: BridgeFest Arts & Crafts Fair @ Trinity Church, Newportfeaturing food, music & shopping. Music by Mark Quinn, Lee Phillips, Thatcher Harrison.
  • 4:30 PM: Amy, The Amy Winehouse Story screening at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center. $10.
  • 6 PM: BridgeFest Opening Night Soiree @ Sanford-Covell Villa Marinafeaturing live music by ZanRicky, dance performance by Rhode Island’s Ballet Theatre, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, raffle, silent auction. $30/40.
  • 6 – 8 PM: Celebrate Jazz @ Queen Anne Square with Barkode.
    Rain location: Jimmy’s Saloon.
  • 6 – 10 PM: Busking @ Bowen’s Wharf featuring John McDaid (6 PM) & The Troubles acoustic reggae/ska (8 PM)
  • 7:30 PM: Classical Stage @ Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown featuring Alfresco Flutes.
  • 7:30 PM: The Newport Effect screening at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center. $10.
  • 7:30 PM: $5 Americana Night featuring Cannibal Ramblers, Malyssa BellaRosa, Eastern Medicine Singers 2, & Cardboard Ox at The Motif Magazine Rock Stage @ Jimmy’s Saloon presented in conjunction withNarragansett Beer. 21+ event.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

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Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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