Bowens Wharf Bridgefest

Photo: Bowen’s Wharf

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 Lois Vaughan and EBB & FLOW instructor Katie Moorhead.
  • 10:30 AM: Redwood Library and Athenaeum Educational Event: Children’s Musical Story Hour
  • 11 AM – 7 PM: BridgeFest Arts & Crafts Fair @ Trinity Church featuring food, music & shopping. Music by The Met School, Rory & Ric, Graham Gibbs & John Hillman.
  • 4 PM: Newport Galleries presents Music In The Galleries featuring La Merchante et le connard @ Arnold Art Gallery
  • 4:30 PM: Amy, The Amy Winehouse Story screening at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center. $10.
  • 6 – 8 PM: Celebrate Jazz @ Queen Anne Square with The Four Agreements. Rain location: Jimmy’s Saloon.
  • 6 – 10 PM: Busking @ Bowen’s Wharf featuring Keeping Company (6 PM) & Mike Baez (8 PM)
  • 7 – 9 PM: Master Help Grasshoppers at the Jamestown Arts Center featuring Larry Lewis & Chris Monti in an open mic style workshop.
  • 7:30 PM: Classical Stage @ Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown featuring A Bach Celebration. Artists include Aaron Abrahamson Cote, Connie Hathaway, Lillian Hathaway, Abby Magoon and Luke Rock.
  • 8 PM: Punk Night featuring SexCoffee, Nymphidels, The Dust Ruffles, Gavage & DJ Nook at The Motif Magazine Rock Stage @ Jimmy’s Saloon presented in conjunction withNarragansett Beer. 21+ event.

Enjoy The 2015 Newport BridgeFest!

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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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