Perfect waves roll into Second or Sachuest Beach, Middletown, RI. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles and available at blinkgalleryusa.com and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.
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Good Morning, today is Thursday, July 21.

🌊 One of the more innovative acts playing the Newport Folk Festival this weekend could have easily been booked for the Newport Jazz Festival … or even Newport Classical. When it comes to genre, the Silkroad Ensemble, led by Artistic Director and NFF veteran Rhiannon Giddens, is impossible to pin down.

It’s the first time to Newport Folk for the Ensemble as well as harpist Maeve Gilchrist who WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke to last week. She’s excited to be in town, playing with Silkroad and in support of Grammy Award winner Arooj Aftab, who will also be performing Friday. Read More: What’s Up Interview: Maeve Gilchrist of Silkroad Ensemble, playing Newport Folk and Indian Ranch

🌊 A Newport Folk Festival veteran is returning to the area for a concert tonight. Laura Veirs is headlining a show at Newport Vineyards at 6:30 PM along with openers Brooklyn songwriter Mary-Elaine Jenkins and Richmond, VA-based Andy Jenkins. More info and tickets at Newport Live .

🌊 newportFILM presents Sheryl, “an intimate story of song and sacrifice by musical icon Sheryl Crow” on the Newport Polo grounds this evening at 8:25 pm.

🌊 President Joe Biden was just over the state line yesterday at the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. Read More – Biden announces modest climate actions; pledges more to come | Watch – Video: President Biden delivers remarks on the climate in Somerset

🌊 Newport and Middletown officials gathered last night at Innovate Newport to discuss school regionalization. A dispatch from Middletown is here – Rodrigues – Middletown & Newport need to move forward together

🌊 Health and human service nonprofits located along RIPTA’s new Route 68 are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free “city to beach” shuttle this summer, particularly if they need to get to one of their sites.

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What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 8 to 17 mph.
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
  • Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 87. Light west wind becoming southwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
  • Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light west after midnight.

Marine Forecast

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:29 am | Sunset: 8:12 pm | 14 hours & 42 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 2:35 am & 3:11 pm | Low tide at 7:58 am & 10:08 pm.
  • Moon: Last Quarter Moon, 22.5 days, 46% lighting.


Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Easton’s Beach: T-Bone from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Newport Folk Festival presents For Pete’s Sake (Sold Out!)
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Justin Pomfret at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: No Exit 4 from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • Newport Vineyards: Laura Veirs from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Norey’s: Bubble & The Dudenotes at 8:30 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: Derrick Keane live on the patio from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Never In Vegas at 8:30 pm
  • Perro Salado: The Honky Tonk Knights at 9 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater:  Jay Leno  at 8 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government


Welcome

The Latest from WUN

What’s Up in Newport County: July 21 – 31

Rodrigues – Middletown & Newport need to move forward together

Video: President Biden delivers remarks on the climate in Somerset

What’s Up Interview: Maeve Gilchrist of Silkroad Ensemble, playing Newport Folk and Indian Ranch

DEM: Access to Fort Adams State Park will be limited July 22 – 31 to ensure the smooth running of Newport Folk & Jazz Festival

Biden announces modest climate actions; pledges more to come

Adoptable Cat of the Week: Panda

Investigation: Governor McKee’s chief of staff did not break law

Author, R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Dooley, to sign books at Irish Museum on July 23

Newport City Council to host its next regular meeting on July 27, here’s what’s on the docket

Local Obituaries


Further Reading

East Bay: A ‘peaceful revolution’ at the pump in Tiverton | Basil & Bunny targeting August opening at Bristol’s Unity Park

WJAR: Local 26 workers at Bally’s Twin River Casino ratify contract

ABC 6: Block Island businesses busted for serving alcohol to minors


We’ll See You Out There

Perfect waves roll into Second or Sachuest Beach, Middletown, RI. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles and available at blinkgalleryusa.com and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

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