The Newport Jazz Festival held its Friday evening concert once again at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino on Friday night.

World-renowned Pat Metheny took to the stage at 8 pm and provided a beautiful evening of music with his band and with his guitar before turning the stage over to José James at 9:40 pm.

Celebrating the eightieth birth year of the legendary R&B singer-songwriter, Blue Note recording artist José James presented “Lean On Me: José James celebrates Bill Withers”. The show, which included a contemporary approach to songs such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hope She’ll Be Happier,” and “Just the Two of Us”,  was a hit with those in attendance and had fans dancing in front of the stage in no time.

James and Metheny will also perform on Saturday at the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams.

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