Newport Festivals Foundation announced via press release today the schedule for their 2018 Bridgefest.

Bridgefest,  the annual celebration of Jazz, Folk and Newport’s rich musical community, returns to Newport from July 30 – August 2 and will feature local artists performing at 19 events at 14 venues over four days.

Produced by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., Bridgefest bridges the gap between the iconic Newport Folk Festival (July 27-29) and Newport Jazz Festival (August 3-5).

The 2018 schedule includes:

Monday, July 30
Presenter: Empire Coffee
Venue: Seamen’s Church Institute
Sea Shanties with Mike Goddard
2:00 – 3:00 pm
401-847-4260 |

Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Panoramic View (Steel Drumming)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |

Presenter: Newport Dinner Cruise
Venue: The Mermaid Star at 26 Waites Wharf
Bridgefest Hors d’oeuvres Cruise featuring Mike Fischman Bluegrass Duo
6:30-8:00 pm

Presenter: DeBlois Gallery
Venue: DeBlois Gallery
Live Music with Tim May (Guitar, Vocals)
7:00 – 8:30 pm
FREE (Donations Appreciated)
401-529-2617 |


Tuesday, July 31
Presenter: Rory and Ric
Venue: Artful Lodger Inn
Live Music with Rory & Ric & Friends
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: A pizza to share (BYOB, some refreshments provided by Artful Lodger Inn)
954-815-3175 |

Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Daisy Briggs (Guitar, Vocals)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |

Presenter: La Forge Casino Restaurant
Venue: La Forge Casino Restaurant
Live Music with Dave Manuel and the La Forge All-Stars
6:00 -10:00 pm
401-847-0418 |

Presenter: Channing Memorial Church
Venue: Channing Church Parish Hall
Live Music with Farm Dog and The Geezers (Folk Music)
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Presenter: Lorri Shankar Music Productions
Venue: Newport Playhouse
Newport to Nashville Songwriters Showcase featuring Retro Country Experience with Bill Bartholomew (Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals), JoAnn Svendsen (Lead Vocals)
8:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm)
401-848-7529 |

Wednesday, August 1
Presenter: Trinity Memorial Church Inc.
Venue: Trinity Memorial Church
Music, Movement, and More featuring Christopher Kavi Carbone
10:00 -11:00 am
FREE (Family event)
401-846-0660 |

Presenter: Aquidneck Growers’ Market
Venue: Aquidneck Growers’ Market
Music from The Newport String Project
2:00 – 6:00 pm

Presenter: Friends of the Waterfront and City of Newport
Venue: King Park Gazebo at Wellington Avenue
Alan Bernstein Jazz with Alan Bernstein (Bass) Nicolas King (Vocalist), Mike Renzi (Piano) and Mike Coffey (Drums)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
401-845-5800 |

Presenter: Newport Festivals Foundation
Venue: Fort Adams State Park
Local Bridges: A Celebration of Rhode Island’s Music Community featuring Girls Rock! RI and The Copacetics and Special Guests
6:00 – 8:00 pm (Gate opens at 5:30 pm)
401-848-5055 |

Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Aidan Keating (Guitar, Vocals)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |

Presenter: Jane Pickens Theater and Event Company
Venue: Jane Pickens Theater
Captain Blood Party with Live Music from The Little Compton Band
6:30 pm – Live music with The Little Compton Band
7:30 pm – Screening of the classic pirate film, Captain Blood

Presenter: Jo’s American Bistro
Venue: Jo’s Bistro
An Evening of Jazz featuring Joanne Rodino (Vocals), John Monllos(Guitar), Steve Johnson (Bass) and Stefan Griffin (Drums)
7:00 – 10:00 pm
401-862-0362 |

Thursday, August 2
Presenter: Newport Dinner Cruise
Venue: Mermaid Star
Bridgefest Hors d’oeuvres Cruise featuring Lois Vaughan Jazz Duo with Bryan Rizzuto
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Dan Pelletier & Matt Fehr
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |

Presenter: What’sUpNewp
Venue: Newport Playhouse
The Greg Abate Uptown Jazz Quintet featuring Greg Abate (Saxophone), Phil Grenadier (Trumpet), Matt DeChamplain (Piano), Paul Del Nero (Bass) and Luther Gray (Drums)
8:00 pm
$20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door
401-662-1653 |

Schedule Subject to Change
More information on the four-day celebration is available