The first day of the 62nd Newport Jazz Festival started with (plenty of) rain and (plenty of) great jazz music from emerging musicians and artists.

Berklee Global Jazz Institue Workshop Band opened up the festival under heavy rain on Friday around 11 a.m., but by the time they wrapped up their set and Peter Apfelbaum’s Sparkler finished their set on the Fort Stage, the sun was beginning to shine on Fort Adams State Park.

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Kneebody, Galactic and Kamasi Washington were the energetic highlights of day #1, Norah Jones and Gregory Porter promise to be highlights of sold-out day #2 on Saturday.

Here’s a look back at what we saw at day #1 of 3 of the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).