This weekend is about celebrating George Wein, co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Photo by Ken Abrams/What'sUpNewp

Good Morning, today is Friday, July 29.

🌊 The iconic Newport Jazz Festival gets underway today. Gates will open at 10 am and music runs from approximately 11 am to 7:30 pm. Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard, Lettuce, and BADBADNOTGOOD are among the more than dozen performers today.

Here are some not to be missed sets this weekend – ‘Six Picks’ Newport Jazz: ‘Not to be missed’ sets at this weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival

If you haven’t already grabbed your tickets for the festival this weekend, you better act fast! A limited number of single-day Friday and single-day Sunday tickets remain. Saturday is completely sold-out. Read More

🌊 The What’sUpNewp Crew will be on hand covering the event all weekend long, look for interviews, photos, and updates on What’sUpNewp and on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Tag your Instagram photos with #WhatsUpNewp for a chance to be featured on our feed and here in the newsletter this weekend.

🌊 Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Newport Oktoberfest, which is scheduled to take place at Fort Adams on September 18. Read More

🌊 Looking for more to do this weekend? Check out – ‘Six Picks’ Events: What to do in RI this weekend (July 29-31) and What’s Up in Newport County: July 28 – 31

🌊 The Three Angels Fund 2022 Fundraiser will take place on Sunday at 1 pm at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club. This is a family-friendly event featuring food, raffles, silent/live auctions, music, and a kids’ entertainment area. Tickets are $25 for adults and as always kids are FREE. Tickets are available for advance purchase online or get them at the door on July 31st.

In 2022, Three Angels Fund has already donated approximately $60,000 to locals directly who are battling cancer through their Community Giving Program. 

In their first 12 years, they have donated over $350,000 to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital, $150,000 through their Community Giving Program, and recently $25,000 to the South County Health Cancer Center.

🌊 Catch me on The Rhode Show this morning talking about Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, and all that’s happening in Newport. 9 am – 10 am on Fox Providence.

Have a great Friday,

~ Ryan

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 11 to 16 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
  • Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind around 6 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW 8 to 13 kt in the morning. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 72°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:37 am | Sunset: 8:05 pm | 14 hours & 27 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 9:05 am & 9:17 pm | Low tide at 2:49 am & 2:25 pm.
  • Moon: New Moon, 0 days, 0% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Bar & Board: Live music from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: John & Joanne at 6:30 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Live music at 9 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Butch McCarthy & Steve Mazza from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Gurney’s: DJ from 5 pm to 10 pm on The Firepit Deck
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Top Gun: Maverick at 4:30 pm, Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story at 7:30 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: John Erikson at 1 pm, Dave Alves Band at 4:30 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Live music from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Newport Jazz Festival presents Nate Smith & Friends at 8 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: John Erikson at 4:30 pm, DJ Remedy (video DJ) from 10 pm to close
  • Officer’s Club: Windward Beat at 5:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • The Reef: Sarah Van Pelt from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm
  • Zelda’s: Randy Robbins from 9 pm to midnight

City & Government


The Latest from WUN

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Bogaerts homers to help Boston salvage split with Guardians

Limited tickets remain for this weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival

Tickets now on sale for inaugural Newport Oktoberfest

‘Six Picks’ Events: What to do in RI this weekend (July 29-31)

Newport’s massive seventh propels Gulls to 9-4 win over North Shore

Coronavirus in Rhode Island: The latest data on community transmission of COVID-19

CCRI selected by Amazon as an Education Partner for Career Choice Program

RIDOH recommends closing Lincoln Woods Beach for swimming; reopening Surfer’s Rock Beach

What’s Up in Newport County: July 28 – 31

Local Obituaries

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Further Reading

ABC 6: Newport hospital celebrates 150 years of service

ABC 6: Man, formerly of Newport, sentenced for possessing child pornography

RIDOH: RIDOH Recommends Closing Larkin Pond Association Beach and Camp Canonicus Beach for Swimming + RIDOH Recommends Closing Lincoln Woods Beach for Swimming; Reopening Surfer’s Rock Beach

WJAR: Portsmouth boy sells cake to raise money for cancer research, iced tea named after him 

We’ll See You Out There

This weekend is about celebrating George Wein, co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Photo by Ken Abrams/What’sUpNewp

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