Our Newport Live Music and Entertainment Guide is Newport County’s premier and most comprehensive source for live music and entertainment in our area.

Here’s a look at all the live music and entertainment that’s worth seeing, hearing, doing, or knowing about in Newport County this weekend.

(Editor’s Note: Bold and linked listings are our proud sponsors and advertisers. Unless otherwise noted, location of the venue is in Newport.)

Friday, May 4th

  • Buskers: Live music at 9 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room at 10 pm
  • Diego’s Barrio Cantina (Middletown): Gumption Glory at 8 pm
  • Firehouse Theater: The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • Jane Pickens Theater: Tully at 3:30 pm, 5:54 pm & 8 pm
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music at 9 pm
  • Jo’s American Bistro: John and Joanne from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • La Forge Restaurant: Dave Manuel at 7 pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe (Jamestown): Dirty 5 Band at 9 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Sybil Disobedience at 10 pm
  • Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: Exit Laughing at 6 pm
  • Newport Vineyards (Middletown): Fireside live music with Ethan Bates from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Clique at 10 pm
  • Pour Judgement: Live music at 10 pm
  • Speakeasy: Chopville at 10 pm
  • The Atlantic Resort (Middletown): 3rd Annual Old School Prom at 7 pm
  • The Cafe at Parlor Newport: Live music at 9 pm
  • The Wharf Pub: Brian Scott at 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 5th

  • Buskers: Brian Twohey at 8 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room at 10 pm
  • Diego’s Barrio Cantina (Middletown): Live music at 9 pm
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • Grand Bellevue Dinner Train: The Playboys from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Hotel Viking: James Grande at 7 pm 
  • Jane Pickens Theater: Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 at 1 pm, Tully at 3:30 pm, 5:45 pm & 8 pm
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Punko de Drunko at 9 pm
  • La Forge Restaurant: Dave Manuel at 7 pm
  • Landing: Jay and Steve from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe (Jamestown): Neal & The Vipers at 9 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Pulse at 10 pm
  • Newport Dinner Train: The Playboys from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Newport Grand: Saints & Sinners- A Tribute to Whitesnake at 9 pm
  • Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: Exit Laughing at 11 am
  • Newport Vineyards (Middletown): Blue Light Bandits as part of their 16th Annual Spring Celebration from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: DJ C Gray at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: The Hibbard Hoot at 3 pm, Jeff Rosen Band at 10 pm
  • Pour Judgement: Live music at 9 pm
  • Rotunda Ballroom at Easton’s Beach: 80’s Dance Party Fun(d)raiser for Sea Rose Montessori
  • Speakeasy Bar & Grille: Chopville at 10 pm
  • The Cafe at Parlor: Live music at 9 pm
  • The Wharf Pub: David Alves at 9 pm
  • Vanderbilt Grace: Kristine on piano at 6 pm

Sunday, May 6th

  • Atlantic Beach Resort (Middletown): Mac Chrupcala Jazz Series from 3 pm to 7 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: Bobby Ferreira at 12:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub: Irish Sessions at 6 pm
  • Fifth Element:  Live music from 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Hotel Viking: Jazz Brunch with Chris Vaillancourt from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Jane Pickens Theater: The Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary at 7:30 pm
  • Jo’s American Bistro: The Playboys at 5:30 pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Justin Pomfret from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe (Jamestown): The Undaunted Professor Harp from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant: Exit Laughing at 11 am
  • Newport Vineyards (Middletown): Tom Burgess from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Parlor Newport: Cherry ‘n’ Webb at 9 pm
  • Pour Judgement: The Kane Brothers at 3 pm, Los Duderinos at 9 pm
  • Speakeasy: Sean Rivers at 8:30 pm

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