Newport Festivals Foundation will continue the tradition of Newport Bridgefest in 2016, over the four days the festival will aim to celebrate folk, jazz, and the musical heritage of Newport.

Newport BridgeFest was founded in 2009 by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County to “bridge” the days between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Earlier this year, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County transferred the rights to the event to the Newport Festival Foundation.

Bridgefest 2016 will take place in and around Newport from July 25th to July 28th, and will include free and paid concerts, music related films, educational programs and other music related activities.  In addition, Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc, will produce a free family concert at Fort Adams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

2016 Newport BridgeFest Schedule

Monday, July 25th

ACOUSTIC JAZZ BY STEVE DECONTI
1:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
at The OceanCliff Hotel / Safari Room
Lunch and cocktails on the patio – featuring Steve DeConti (guitar, vocals)
(401) 849-4873
www.newportexperience.com

THE NEWPORT GROOVE MERCHANTS
7:00 – 10:00 pm | FREE
at The Fifth Element Bar Meets Grill
Dinner or drinks with live funk/groove/jazz – featuring Doug Woolverton (trumpet), John Sippell (bass), Jhony Keys (keys), Alex Chapman (drums)
(401) 619-2552
www.thefifthri.com

BUSKING AT BOWENS
6:00 – 9:00 pm | FREE
at Bowen’s Wharf
Outdoor live music on the waterfront – featuring Panoramic View
(401) 849-3478
www.bowenswharf.com

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Tuesday, July 26th 

PORCH AND GARDEN PARTY AT THE ARTFUL LODGER INN
3:00 – 5:00 pm | FREE
at The Artful Lodger Inn
Upbeat live music with an educational element and audience participation (refreshments included) – featuring Rory and Ric
(401) 847-3132
www.artfullodger.com
www.rrentband.com

MATTHEWFEST
4:00 – 7:00pm | donations gratefully accepted, $12 for wine tasting
at Greenvale Vineyards
Live jazz and wine tasting fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Matt Quinn Music Scholarship Fund at Rogers High School – featuring Dick Lupino & Friends
(401) 847-3777
www.greenvale.com 

JAZZ SUPPER CLUB AT THE CANFIELD HO– USE WITH THE LOIS VAUGHAN QUINTET
6:30 – 10:00pm | $95 (plus tax), cash bar – call for reservations
Presented by Blackstone Caterers and International Tennis Hall of Fame
at Canfield House
Upscale dinner, dancing and wine pairings in an elegant setting – featuring Lois Vaughan (keys), Leland Brown (vocals), Art Manchester (horns), Bryan Rizzuto (bass), Mark Teixeira (drums)
(401) 848-2030

AN EVENING OF LIVE JAZZ
7:00 – 10:00 pm | FREE
at Jo’s American Bistro
Dinner or drinks in a casual setting – featuring John Monllos (guitar), Joanne Rodino (vocals), Tom Pasquarelli (upright bass), Mike Coffey (drums)
(401) 847-5506
josamericanbistro.com
johnmonollos.com

A RETRO-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
8:00 pm | $10
at Jane Pickens Theater
Live folk/country music inspired by legends such as George Strait and Patsy Cline – featuring Lorri Shankar, Mack Johnson, Joann Svendsen
(401) 846-5252
janepickens.com

BUSKING AT BOWENS
6:00 – 9:00 pm | FREE
at Bowen’s Wharf
Outdoor live music on the waterfront – featuring Ilana Katz Katz
(401) 849-3478
bowenswharf.com

Wednesday, July 27th

MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN BANTAMS
2:00 – 6:00 pm | FREE
at Aquidneck Growers Market outdoors on Memorial Boulevard, Newport
Enjoy a lively folk fiddle duo while exploring the farmers market
(401) 932-9007
aquidneckgrowersmarket.org

WINDMILL WEDNESDAY AT PRESCOTT FARM
3:30 – 5:30 pm | $5 suggested donation
Presented by Newport Restoration Foundation
at Prescott Farm
Explore the windmill, johnnycake tasting, hands on activities and live folk music – featuring Rory and Ric
(401) 846-4152, ext. 122
newportrestoration.org
rrentband.com

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SHANGRI-LA
5:00 – 7:30 pm | adults: $10; 18 and under free
Presented by Newport Restoration Foundation
at Doris Duke’s Rough Point Estate
Enjoy activities for all ages that celebrate the Hawaiian culture of Doris’ second home – featuring Narragansett Ukulele Strummers & Napua O’ Polynesia Tropical Island Dancers
(401) 846-4152 ext. 122
newportrestoration.org

FAMILY CONCERT
6:00 – 7:30 pm | FREE
Presented by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.
at Fort Adams State Park
Family friendly concert featuring folk and jazz music – featuring Alastair Moock; Newport Jazz Assembly with Ben Marcoux (sax/clarinet), Joshua Bruneau (trumpet), Jimmy O’Connell (trombone), Tony Davis (guitar), Noah Barker (piano), Alex Tremblay (bass), Mike Camacho (drums)
(401) 848-5055
newportfestivalsfoundation.org

PERFORMANCE BY ANAMCARA
10:00 pm – 1:00 am | FREE
at One Pelham East
Great acoustic music, great vibes and great fun in a casual setting – featuring Katrina Fortier (vocals), Collin Van Pelt (guitar, vocals)
(401) 847-9460
thepelham.com
anamcaramusic.com

BUSKING AT BOWENS
6:00 – 9:00 pm | FREE
at Bowen’s Wharf
Outdoor live music on the waterfront – featuring Thatcher Harrison
(401) 849-3478
bowenswharf.com

 Thursday, July 28th

JAZZ & WINE CLAMBAKE
6:30 pm, dinner at 7:15 pm } $90 per person + tax (w/lobster), $80 + tax (w/o lobster), cash bar (discounts available to Case Club members)
at Newport Vineyards
A New England clambake prepared by McGrath Clambakes with Newport Vineyards wine and lively jazz – Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio
(401) 848-5161
newportvineyards.com 

A TRIBUTE TO MILES DAVIS
7:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm) | $25
at Jane Pickens Theater
Doug Woolverton Sextet performing Miles Davis’ landmark set from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
(401) 846-5252
janepickens.com
dougwoolverton.com

BUSKING AT BOWENS
6:00 – 9:00 pm | FREE
at Bowen’s Wharf
Outdoor live music on the waterfront – featuring Clay Nordhill & Sam Zurzontkowski
(401) 849-3478
bowenswharf.com

For more information and updates, visit www.newportbridgefest.com.

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