Be among the first to secure your seats at one of Newport’s most popular summer events featuring Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock plus Lean On Me: Josè James Celebrates Bill Withers at the Friday evening concert of the Newport Jazz Festival.  The concert takes place August 3 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Avenue. The cocktail party begins at 6:30 pm, followed by the concert at 8:00 pm.  
All tickets for the Friday evening concert and cocktail party go on sale worldwide on Thursday, February 8, at 10:00 am EST. The concert is a reserved seating event and tickets sell out quickly. There is a six-ticket limit per household.  Tickets for the concert and cocktail party will be available on the Festival web site at Service charges apply to all tickets ordered on-line.
“Pat Metheny is someone I first admired from afar, then wound up having the privilege of working with over the last 25 years. I consider him a true friend, a mentor and a constant source of inspiration, on and offstage,” said Artistic Director Christian McBride. “Every time he makes music, the world listens. It’s an honor to have him at Newport Jazz Festival this year.”
McBride added, “I first met and worked with Josè James 10 years ago. I was the musical director for a Marvin Gaye tribute. I didn’t know who he was then, but a number of musicians I respect told me I should hook up with him because he was a star in the making. They couldn’t have been more correct. Josè has become one of the major voices of this generation and I can’t wait to see and hear him wow the audience at Newport again.”
The Newport Jazz Festival Friday evening cocktail party on the Horseshoe Piazza welcomes a limited number of attendees for pre-concert socializing with music, food and beverages. Tickets include open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited and exclusively for concertgoers. Party attendees must purchase a separate ticket to the Festival concert.
The 2018 lineup for the Newport Jazz Festival also features concerts at Fort Adams State Park on FridaySaturday and Sunday, including Living Colour; Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland; Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition; Michel Camilo; and Matthew Shipp Trio on Friday, August 3. Andra Day; Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland; and Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl take the stage on Saturday, August 4.  Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller; Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Lucinda Williams with Jason Moran, Marvin Sewell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland; and Jazzmeia Horn will perform on Sunday, August 5.