Grammy-nominated blues singer and harpist James Montgomery and his band will be performing an evening concert as part of the Waterfront Concert Series on Friday, July 19th from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm at King Park.

The concert will include special guest saxophonist Crispin Cioe of NY’s famed Uptown Horns.  A high energy show is on tap with blues both old and new.

The concert is free with lawn seating, the event is weather dependent. 

According to event organizers, “James Montgomery is a long-time resident of Newport and has a storied career, having played, toured and recorded with many blues and rock greats;  Allman Brothers, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, J. Geils Band, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Kid Rock and many others.  While growing up in Detroit he learned first hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Jr. Wells – at the legendary Chessmate Club.  James carries on the blues tradition in performances around the world and writes music for documentary films”.  

“Joining James, from their Detroit days, is sax player Crispin Cioe, who co-founded The Uptown Horns, an acclaimed horn section that recorded hits and toured with James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Debbie Harry, and many more artists.  Crispin also served as musical director for concerts at the Obama Whitehouse and for the Gershwin Prize for American Humor,” the organizers share.    

The Waterfront Concerts series is presented free by Newport Friends of the Waterfront and the City of Newport with support from the Isham Family Fund.  

Remaining 2019 schedule for Waterfront Concerts;

Friday, July 19 – Blues Friday 5:30-7:00pm 
James Montgomery Blues Band

Monday, July 29, Bridgefest Folk/Pop 5:00-6:30pm
David Furlong & The Honk 

Wednesday, July 31, Bridgefest Blues 5:00-6:30
The 40

Saturday, August 17, Cajun & Swing Dance 3:00-6pm
Magnolia Cajun Band
La Mechante et le Connard

Saturday, August 31, Irish Music & Dance 3:00-6pm
The Exiles with Kevin Doyle
Rhode To Dublin
Barry & Pat Callahan

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