Part 01: Sid Abruzzi | Photos by Jessica Pohl

Newport, Rhode Island has seen a resurgence of original, live music in the last five years. Venues like Jimmy’s Saloon, Hope, Parlor and others have been consistently welcoming innovative and original acts from our own backyard and around the world. With genres ranging from punk to folk, hip hop to ska, metal to electronic, and everything in between, live music is on the comeback with lots of hard work from bands, promoters, venue owners and sound engineers.

What many people might not be aware of is the long and colorful history of live music in Newport. As part of an ongoing series of interviews, Jimmy’s Saloon and Collective Thought Media are bringing you an in-depth look into some of Newport’s past musical glory with the legendary Sid Abruzzi. Sid has been a staple of the counter-culture scene in Newport since the 70’s – with his pioneering surf and skate shop, Water Brothers and with his rock band Big World.

Sid sat down with the Jimmy’s crew to go over some of the highlights from the last 40 years of live music in Newport and beyond.

Go to to watch the interview.

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