Newport Bridgefest
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. has extended the deadline for submissions to Bridgefest™ 2016 from June 15 to Wednesday, June 22.
Back on April 28th, The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County (ACA) announced at its 24th Annual Meeting that it had transferred rights to its popular BridgeFest music festival to Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.
Local artists, clubs, restaurants, theaters, museums and other organizations are invited to participate in the annual celebration of Newport’s rich musical heritage, including folk and jazz music. Bridging the gap between the iconic Newport Folk Festival™and Newport Jazz Festival®, the series of events presented by area venues and promoters takes place across Newport County July 25-28.
Interested venues and artists must submit their events on the Bridgefest website at by 5:00 pm next Wednesday. Artists interested in being a part of Bridgefest need to find a local venue to present them.  Inquiries received from artists without a location will be passed on to participating venues for consideration. Applicants will be notified within five business days if their event has been accepted.
Participating events, which can be free or paid admission, will be listed on the Bridgefest website and included in advertising and social media.
The partial list of Bridgefest events includes:
Tuesday, July 26
  • An evening of live jazz with the John Monllos Quartet, Jo’s American Bistro
  • Porch and Garden Party with Ric & Rory, The Artful Lodger Inn
Wednesday, July 27
  • Newport Festivals Foundation Free Family Concert with Alastair Moock and the Newport Jazz Assembly, Fort Adams State Park, 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 28
  • Jazz Clambake featuring the Lois Vaughan Trio, Newport Vineyards
Many more events will be announced at a later date.
The 2016 Newport Folk Festival, which is sold out, is set for July 22-24 at Fort Adams State Park. Artists include Patti Smith, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Graham Nash, Alabama Shakes, Elvis Costello (solo), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Middle Brother, Flight of the Conchords, Ray LaMontagne, The Arcs, case/Lang/veirs, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Amy Helm, Songhoy Blues, Glen Hansard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brian Fallon, The Oh Hellos, Brett Dennen, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Raury and many others. For the complete schedule and more information, log on to
The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival takes place July 29-31 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Artists include Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo; Kamasi Washington, John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet; Darcy James Argues Secret Society; Charles Lloyd New Quartet; Robert Glasper Experiment; Tierney Sutton; Django Festival All Stars; Kenny Barron Trio; Yosvany Terry Quintet; Toshiko Akiyoshi; Steve Coleman and Five Elements; Galactic, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah; JoséJames; Kneebody, The Hot Sardines, Anat Cohen and many others. For more information and tickets, visit
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival®and Newport Folk Festival™. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. In addition, the Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit

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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.