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Good Morning, today is Thursday, July 28.

🌊 The 2022 Newport Jazz Festival arrives this weekend! The festival features a truly phenomenal line up with diverse acts representing numerous genres, all connecting to jazz on some level. 

Here are a few bands that you shouldn’t miss – ‘Six Picks’ Newport Jazz: ‘Not to be missed’ sets at this weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival

🌊 The 2022 Newport Folk Festival featured artists in genres from hip-hop to rock, punk to bluegrass. One young artist is among those focused on keeping the folk tradition alive.

I spoke to teenage banjo extraordinaire Nora Brown who is turning 17 next week. Needless to say, she was excited to be returning to the festival where she played a brief set last year.

WUN’s Ken Abrams with more – What’s it like to play the Newport Folk Festival? Meet 16-year-old banjo sensation Nora Brown

🌊 Speaking of Newport Folk, WUN’s Angela Marandola shares some thoughts on last weekend’s festival – Newport Folk 2022: A lot more than just the headliners

🌊 Thanks to Newport Live, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to a high-energy show coming to the Newport Congregational Church this Saturday night.

Read More – Ticket Giveaway: Dedicated Men of Zion playing Newport Congregational Church Saturday July 30

🌊 Aquidneck Land Trust has announced the conservation of  20.97 acres of land north of Bramans Lane in Portsmouth. 

🌊 newportFILM presents Hargrove on the lawn at Rough Point this evening at 8:15 pm.

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What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Tomorrow Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming west after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 10 kt in the morning. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: S wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 70°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:36 am | Sunset: 8:06 pm | 14 hours & 29 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 8:27 am & 8:43 pm | Low tide at 2:10 am & 1:40 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 28.8 days, 1% lighting.


Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Easton’s Beach: Toe Jam Puppet Band at 6 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Mount Vernon Ladies Association presents George Washington and The Pursuit of Religious Freedom at 5:30 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Dan Decristofaro at 4:30 pm, Cole & John at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Live music from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: Derrick Keane live on the patio from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Blockhead at 8 pm
  • Perro Salado: The Honky Tonk Knights at 9 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government


The Reef Summer Awaits

The Latest from WUN

Aquidneck Land Trust announces conservation of a 20.97-acre property in Portsmouth

Family fun, workshops, and upcoming events at the Jamestown Arts Center 

Newport Polo to take on Washington D.C. on Saturday

Naylor homer in 9th sends Guardians past stumbling Red Sox

Mega Millions jackpot surpasses $1 billion

What’s it like to play the Newport Folk Festival? Meet 16-year-old banjo sensation Nora Brown

Governor McKee signs Executive Order announcing July 31 as Governor’s Bay Day

Ticket Giveaway: Dedicated Men of Zion playing Newport Congregational Church Saturday July 30

Adoptable Dog of the Week: Mary Puppins

‘Six Picks’ Newport Jazz: ‘Not to be missed’ sets at this weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival

Local Obituaries

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Further Reading

Rhode Island Monthly: Revolve Dance Project Introduces Second Season in Newport

Jamestown Press: HE’S JAMESTOWN TUFF

WPRI: Yelp reviews disabled for RI restaurant that shared Anne Frank meme

Salve Today: Salve Regina student presents at national economics conference

We’ll See You Out There

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.