Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. announces the schedule for Bridgefest 2016, which features concerts and entertainment events presented by  area artists, clubs, restaurants, theaters, museums and other organizations.


The annual celebration of Newport’s rich musical heritage, including folk and jazz music, takes place July 25-28, bridging the gap between the iconic Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival®.

Earlier this year, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County transferred rights of the Newport Bridgefest to Newport Festivals Foundation, read more here – Newport Festivals Foundation Acquires Newport BridgeFest.


Bridgefest 2016 Schedule:


Monday, July 25  


Presenter: The OceanCliff Hotel

Venue: Safari Room, 65 Ridge Road, Newport

Name of Event: Acoustic Jazz by Steve DeConti

Artist: Steve DeConti (guitar, vocals)

Details: Lunch and cocktails on the patio.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost: No Cover

Phone Number: (401) 849-4873


Presenter: The Fifth Element

Venue: The Fifth Element Bar Meets Grill, 111 Broadway, Newport

Name of Event: The Newport Groove Merchants

Artists: Doug Woolverton (trumpet), John Sippell (bass), Jhony Keys (keys), Alex Chapman (drums)

Details: Dinner or drinks with live funk/groove/jazz.

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Cost: No Cover

Phone Number: (401) 619-2552



Tuesday, July 26


Presenter: Rory and Ric

Venue: The Artful Lodger Inn, 503 Spring Street, Newport

Name of Event: Porch and Garden Party at the Artful Lodger Inn

Artists: Rory and Ric

Details: Upbeat live music with an educational element and audience participation. Refreshments included.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: No Cover

Phone Number: (401) 847-3132

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Presenter: Greenvale Vineyards

Venue:  Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth

Name of Event: Matthewfest

Artists: Dick Lupino & Friends

Details: Live jazz and wine tasting fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Matt Quinn Music Scholarship Fund at Rogers High School.

Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm

Cost: Donations gratefully accepted, $12 for wine tasting

Phone Number: (401) 847-3777



Presenter:  Blackstone Caterers and International Tennis Hall of Fame

Venue:  Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport

Name of Event: Jazz Supper Club at the Canfield House with the Lois Vaughan Quintet

Artists: Lois Vaughan (keys), Leland Brown (vocals), Art Manchester (horns), Bryan Rizzuto (bass), Mark Teixeira (drums)

Details:  Upscale dinner, dancing and wine pairings in an elegant setting.

Time:  6:30 – 10:00pm

Cost: $95 (plus tax), cash bar – call for reservations

Phone Number: (401) 848-2030


Presenter: Jo’s American Bistro

Venue: Jo’s American Bistro, 24 Memorial Blvd. W, Newport

Name of Event: An Evening of Live Jazz

Artists: John Monllos (guitar), Joanne Rodino (vocals), Tom Pasquarelli (upright bass), Mike Coffey (drums)

Details: Dinner or drinks in a casual setting.

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Cost: No Cover

Phone Number: (401) 847-5506

Artist Website:


Presenter: Lorri Shankar

Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport

Name of Event: A Retro-Country Experience

Artists: Lorri Shankar, Mack Johnson, Joann Svendsen

Details: Live folk/country music inspired by legends such as George Strait and Patsy Cline.

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $10



Wednesday, July 27


Presenter: Aquidneck Growers Market

Venue: Aquidneck Growers Market outdoors on Memorial Boulevard, Newport

Name of Event: Music from The Golden Bantams

Details: Enjoy a lively folk fiddle duo while exploring the farmers market.

Time: 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Cost: Free

Phone Number: (401) 932-9007


Presenter: Newport Restoration Foundation

Venue: Prescott Farm, 2009 W. Main Road, Middletown

Name of Event: Windmill Wednesday at Prescott Farm

Artists: Rory and Ric

Details: Explore the windmill, johnnycake tasting, hands on activities and live folk music.

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Cost: $5 suggested donation

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Presenter:  Newport Restoration Foundation

Venue: Doris Duke’s Rough Point Estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Name of Event:  Sights and Sounds of Shangri-La

Artists: Narragansett Ukulele Strummers & Napua O’ Polynesia Tropical Island Dancers

Details:  Enjoy activities for all ages that celebrate the Hawaiian culture of Doris’ second home.

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Cost: adults: $10; 18 and under free


Presenter: Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

Venue: Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive, Newport

Name of Event: Family Concert

Artists: Alastair Moock Quartet, 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)

Details: Family friendly concert featuring folk and jazz music

Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Phone Number: (401)848-5055


Presenter: One Pelham East

Venue: One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport

Name of Event: Performance by AnamCara

Artists: Katrina Fortier (vocals), Collin Van Pelt (guitar, vocals)

Details: Great acoustic music, great vibes and great fun in a casual setting.

Time: 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Cost: No Cover

Phone Number: (401) 847-9460


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Thursday, July 28


Presenter: Newport Vineyards

Venue: Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road, Middletown

Name of Event: Jazz & Wine Clambake

Artists: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio

Details: A New England clambake prepared by McGrath Clambakes with Newport Vineyards wine and lively jazz.

Time: 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:15 pm

Cost: $90 per person + tax (w/lobster), $80 + tax (w/o lobster), cash bar (discounts available to Case Club members)

Phone Number: (401) 848-5161


Presenter: Doug Woolverton

Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport

Name of Event: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Artists: Doug Woolverton Sextet

Details: Performing Miles Davis’ landmark set from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

Time: 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

Cost: $25

Phone Number: (401) 846-5252


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Everyday (July 25-28


Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.

Venue: Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport

Name of Event: Busking at Bowen’s

Artists: Panoramic View (Monday), Ilana Katz Katz (Tuesday), Thatcher Harrison (Wednesday), Clay Nordhill & Sam Zurzontkowski (Thursday)

Details: Outdoor live music on the waterfront.

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Cost: Free

Phone Number: (401) 849-3478


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