The Newport Festivals Foundation’s Bridgefest 2016 features concerts and entertainment events presented by area artists, clubs, restaurants, theaters, museums and other organizations.  The annual celebration of Newport’s rich musical heritage, including folk and jazz music, takes place July 25-28, bridging the gap between the iconic Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.
Bridgefest 2016 Schedule:
Monday, July 25 
Presenter: The OceanCliff Hotel
Venue: Safari Room, 65 Ridge Road, Newport
Name of Event: Acoustic Jazz by Steve DeConti
Artist: Steve DeConti (guitar, vocals)
Details: Lunch and cocktails on the patio.
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: No Cover
Phone Number: (401) 849-4873
Presenter: The Fifth Element
Venue: The Fifth Element Bar Meets Grill, 111 Broadway, Newport
Name of Event: The Newport Groove Merchants
Artists: Doug Woolverton (trumpet), John Sippell (bass), Jhony Keys (keys), Alex Chapman (drums)
Details: Dinner or drinks with live funk/groove/jazz.
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Cost: No Cover
Phone Number: (401) 619-2552
Tuesday, July 26
Presenter: Rory and Ric
Venue: The Artful Lodger Inn, 503 Spring Street, Newport
Name of Event: Porch and Garden Party at the Artful Lodger Inn
Artists: Rory and Ric
Details: Upbeat live music with an educational element and audience participation. Refreshments included.
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: No Cover
Phone Number: (401) 847-3132
Artist Website: rrentband.com
Presenter: Greenvale Vineyards
Venue:  Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth
Name of Event: Matthewfest
Artists: Dick Lupino & Friends
Details: Live jazz and wine tasting fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Matt Quinn Music Scholarship Fund at Rogers High School.
Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Cost: Donations gratefully accepted, $12 for wine tasting
Phone Number: (401) 847-3777
Website: greenvale.com
Presenter:  Blackstone Caterers and International Tennis Hall of Fame
Venue:  Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport
Name of Event: Jazz Supper Club at the Canfield House with the Lois Vaughan Quintet
Artists: Lois Vaughan (keys), Leland Brown (vocals), Art Manchester (horns), Bryan Rizzuto (bass), Mark Teixeira (drums)
Details:  Upscale dinner, dancing and wine pairings in an elegant setting.
Time:  6:30 – 10:00pm
Cost: $95 (plus tax), cash bar – call for reservations
Phone Number: (401) 848-2030
Presenter: Jo’s American Bistro
Venue: Jo’s American Bistro, 24 Memorial Blvd. W, Newport
Name of Event: An Evening of Live Jazz
Artists: John Monllos (guitar), Joanne Rodino (vocals), Tom Pasquarelli (upright bass), Mike Coffey (drums)
Details: Dinner or drinks in a casual setting.
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Cost: No Cover
Phone Number: (401) 847-5506
Artist Website: johnmonollos.com
Presenter: Lorri Shankar
Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport
Name of Event: A Retro-Country Experience
Artists: Lorri Shankar, Mack Johnson, Joann Svendsen
Details: Live folk/country music inspired by legends such as George Strait and Patsy Cline.
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $10
Wednesday, July 27
Presenter: Aquidneck Growers Market
Venue: Aquidneck Growers Market outdoors on Memorial Boulevard, Newport
Name of Event: Music from The Golden Bantams
Details: Enjoy a lively folk fiddle duo while exploring the farmers market.
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Phone Number: (401) 932-9007
Presenter: Newport Restoration Foundation
Venue: Prescott Farm, 2009 W. Main Road, Middletown
Name of Event: Windmill Wednesday at Prescott Farm
Artists: Rory and Ric
Details: Explore the windmill, johnnycake tasting, hands on activities and live folk music.
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Artist Website: rrentband.com
Presenter:  Newport Restoration Foundation
Venue: Doris Duke’s Rough Point Estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Name of Event:  Sights and Sounds of Shangri-La
Artists: Narragansett Ukulele Strummers & Napua O’ Polynesia Tropical Island Dancers
Details:  Enjoy activities for all ages that celebrate the Hawaiian culture of Doris’ second home.
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: adults: $10; 18 and under free
Presenter: Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.
Venue: Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive, Newport
Name of Event: Family Concert
Artists: Alastair Moock Quartet, Newport Jazz Assembly with Ben Marcoux (sax/clarinet), Joshua Bruneau (trumpet), Jimmy O’Connell (trombone), Tony Davis (guitar), Noah Barker (piano), Alex Tremblay (bass), Mike Camacho (drums)
Details: Family friendly concert featuring folk and jazz music
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Phone Number: (401)848-5055
Presenter: One Pelham East
Venue: One Pelham East, 270 Thames Street, Newport
Name of Event: Performance by AnamCara
Artists: Katrina Fortier (vocals), Collin Van Pelt (guitar, vocals)
Details: Great acoustic music, great vibes and great fun in a casual setting.
Time: 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
Cost: No Cover
Phone Number: (401) 847-9460
Website: thepelham.com
Artist Website: anamcaramusic.com
Thursday, July 28
Presenter: Newport Vineyards
Venue: Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Road, Middletown
Name of Event: Jazz & Wine Clambake
Artists: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio
Details: A New England clambake prepared by McGrath Clambakes with Newport Vineyards wine and lively jazz.
Time: 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:15 pm
Cost: $90 per person + tax (w/lobster), $80 + tax (w/o lobster), cash bar (discounts available to Case Club members)
Phone Number: (401) 848-5161
Presenter: Doug Woolverton
Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport
Name of Event: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Artists: Doug Woolverton Sextet
Details: Performing Miles Davis’ landmark set from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
Time: 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
Cost: $25
Phone Number: (401) 846-5252
Artist Website: dougwoolverton.com
Everyday (July 25-28)
Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport
Name of Event: Busking at Bowen’s
Artists: Panoramic View (Monday), Ilana Katz Katz (Tuesday), Thatcher Harrison (Wednesday), Clay Nordhill & Sam Zurzontkowski (Thursday)
Details: Outdoor live music on the waterfront.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
Phone Number: (401) 849-3478
For more information on Bridgefest, go to www.newportbridgefest.com.
The 2016 Newport Folk Festival, which is sold out, is set for July 22-24 at Fort Adams State Park. Artists include Patti Smith, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Graham Nash, Alabama Shakes, Elvis Costello (solo), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Middle Brother, Flight of the Conchords, Ray LaMontagne, The Arcs, case/Lang/veirs, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Amy Helm, Songhoy Blues, Glen Hansard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brian Fallon, The Oh Hellos, Brett Dennen, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Raury and many others. For the complete schedule and more information, log on to www.newportfolk.org.
The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival takes place July 29-31 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Artists include Norah Jones, Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo, Kamasi Washington, John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Robert Glasper Experiment, Tierney Sutton, Django Festival All Stars, Kenny Barron Trio, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Galactic, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, José James, Keebody, The Hot Sardines, Anat Cohen and many others. For more information and tickets, visit www.newportjazzfest.org.

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