This story was originally published on March 21, 2016.

With their 19th Annual IYRS Summer Gala just around the corner, IYRS is buzzing with excitement, and they are all-hands-on-deck to make this their finest, most successful Gala yet!


The 2016 IYRS Summer Gala is scheduled for July 9th in the IYRS parking lot and will feature live music by Jackson Browne.

Jackson Browne last performed in Newport at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival and with Deer Tick at their infamous after party at Newport Blues Cafe.

Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days”, “The Pretender”, “Running on Empty”, “Lawyers in Love”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Take It Easy”, “For a Rocker”, and “Somebody’s Baby”.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.

The 2016 IYRS Summer Gala will be Co-Chaired by Posy & Charlie Dana, Kate & Jimmy Gubelmann, Anne & Matt Hamilton, Barbara van Beuren & Steve Glascock and Helene and Archie van Beuren.

Recent performances at the IYRS Summer Gala have included The Beach Boys (2015), Lyle Lovett (2014) and Jimmy Buffett (2013).

The Summer Gala is IYRS’s largest fundraiser of the year, and the proceeds directly support the school’s programs by funding everything from tools and equipment to instructor salaries.

Video: 2015 IYRS Summer Gala featuring The Beach Boys

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