Newport BridgeFest

Photo: La Méchante et le Connard will perform at newportFilm’s event Rough Point tonight.

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.

  • 11 AM – 7 PM: BridgeFest Arts & Crafts Fair @ Trinity Church featuring food from Ben’s Chili Dogs, FREE samples from Orange Leaf Newport, music & shopping. Music by Amanda Cote, My Mother’s Moustache & Randy Robbins.
  • 2 PM: Music In the Galleries feat. Kate Grana @ Bailey Art Gallery
  • 3 PM: Redwood Library and Athenaeum Educational Event: Hands On Rhythm – A rhythm section presentation featuring members of Panoramic View, The Troubles and The Copacetics.
  • 3 – 5 PM: Garden party featuring various artists at The Artful Lodger
  • 6 – 8 PM: Celebrate Jazz @ Queen Anne Square with Unusual Business & Panoramic View Carribean Jazz Combo. Rain location: Jimmy’s Saloon.
  • 6 – 10 PM: Busking @ Bowen’s featuring Monika Ambroziak & Steve Rivard (6 PM) & Holland Road (8 PM).
  • 6:30 PM: Jazz Clambake at Newport Vineyards with Lois Vaughan Trio. $70
  • 7:30 PM: Classical Stage @ St. Matthew’s in Jamestown featuring John Previdini.
  • 7:30 PM: Brownie Speaks screening at Jane Pickens Theater. Live pre-film music University of Arts Graduate Jazz
  • 8 PM: BridgeFest After Party featuring The Viennnagram, Viking Jesus & The Ocean Mic Allstars  at The Motif Magazine Rock Stage @ Jimmy’s Saloon presented in conjunction with Narragansett Beer. 21+ event.
  • 8:30 PM: newportFILM presents What Happened, Miss Simone? at Doris Duke’s Rough Point. Sug

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.

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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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