When you start naming off great musicians who call Newport home and play regularly in Newport, it won’t take you long before you have to mention Dick Lupino.
Dick Lupino, bassist and vocalist, is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Over the past 30 years his professional experience has included performing with symphony orchestras, big bands, jazz combos and pop/rock bands.
Dick has lived and worked as a musician and singer in Boston, New York, Las Vegas, and several European cities, performing with many renowned artists including Issac Stern, Chuck Berry, The Fifth Dimension, Steve Lawrence, and Mickey Rooney.
Dick has hosted ‘Jazz Night’ at Sardella’s on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 10pm for the last 13 years, he can also be found regularly on Saturday’s from 1pm to 4pm at Greenvale Vineyards. For Dick’s full schedule, visit www.dicklupinomusic.com.
Dick will perform on Tuesday, July 27th at Greenvale Vineyards (details below) as part of the 2016 Newport Bridgefest, we caught up with him about his musical career before his show next week….
RB: You’ve been playing in Newport for many years, what got you into music?
DL: “I loved music from an early age. Began guitar lessons at age 8. Switched to bass in high school. Went on to study at New England Conservatory. Even my military service was music – 1st Army New York Band, Staten Island, NY & 1st Armored Division Band, Nuremberg, Germany. It’s been the major factor in my working life.”
RB: I know you’ve been playing at Sardella’s every single Wednesday night for the last 13 years, exactly how long have you been performing?
DL: “Began performing professionally at 16 – so 54 years!!”
RB: You’re the big guy with the big bass, what made you choose to make a musical career out of playing the bass?
DL: “In high school, I wanted to play in the band. I played guitar, so learning the bass was a logical transition.”
RB: What musician or band would you love to see perform in Newport?
DL: “I have seen George Benson here in Newport on Jazz Festival opening night, & in several other venues including the Montreal Jazz Festival over the years. I thoroughly enjoy his performances – musicianship, instrumental ability, vocal ability, stage presence, rapport with the audience, & the varied styles of music he can play. I’d love to see him featured here again on opening night..”
During Newport BridgeFest, Dick can be found at the following event;
Tuesday, July 27th – 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
About Newport BridgeFest
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. For more information, visit www.newportbridgefest.com.