Bridgefest® Schedule Announced: Features 19 Cool Events Throughout Newport County July 30-August 2

Bridgefest®, the annual celebration of Jazz, Folk and Newport’s rich musical community, returns to Newport July 30 – August 2.  It features local artists performing at 19 events at 14 venues over four days.
Produced by Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., Bridgefest bridges the gap between the iconic Newport Folk Festival® (July 27-29) and Newport Jazz Festival® (August 3-5).
The 2018 schedule includes:
Monday, July 30
Presenter: Empire Coffee
Venue: Seamen’s Church Institute
Sea Shanties with Mike Goddard
2:00 – 3:00 pm
401-847-4260 |
Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Panoramic View (Steel Drumming)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |
Presenter: Newport Dinner Cruise
Venue: The Mermaid Star at 26 Waites Wharf
Bridgefest Hors d’oeuvres Cruise featuring Mike Fischman Bluegrass Duo
6:30-8:00 pm
Presenter: DeBlois Gallery
Venue: DeBlois Gallery
Live Music with Tim May (Guitar, Vocals)
7:00 – 8:30 pm
FREE (Donations Appreciated)
401-529-2617 |
Tuesday, July 31
Presenter: Rory and Ric
Venue: Artful Lodger Inn
Live Music with Rory & Ric & Friends
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: A pizza to share (BYOB, some refreshments provided by Artful Lodger Inn)
954-815-3175 |
Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Daisy Briggs (Guitar, Vocals)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |
Presenter: La Forge Casino Restaurant
Venue: La Forge Casino Restaurant
Live Music with Dave Manuel and the La Forge All Stars
6:00 -10:00 pm
401-847-0418 |
Presenter: Channing Memorial Church
Venue: Channing Church Parish Hall
Live Music with Farm Dog and The Geezers (Folk Music)
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Presenter: Lorri Shankar Music Productions
Venue: Newport Playhouse
Newport to Nashville Songwriters Showcase featuring Retro Country Experience with Bill Bartholomew (Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals), JoAnn Svendsen (Lead Vocals)
8:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm)
401-848-7529 | www.newportplayhouse.cog
Wednesday, August 1
Presenter: Trinity Memorial Church Inc.
Venue: Trinity Memorial Church
Music, Movement, and Morefeaturing Christopher Kavi Carbone
10:00 -11:00 am
FREE (Family event)
401-846-0660 |
Presenter: Aquidneck Growers’ Market
Venue: Aquidneck Growers’ Market
Music from The Newport String Project
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Presenter: Friends of the Waterfront and City of Newport
Venue: King Park Gazebo at Wellington Avenue
Alan Bernstein Jazzwith Alan Bernstein (Bass) Nicolas King (Vocalist),Mike Renzi (Piano) and Mike Coffey (Drums)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
401-845-5800 |
Presenter: Newport Festivals Foundation
Venue: Fort Adams State Park
Local Bridges: A Celebration of Rhode Island’s Music Communityfeaturing Girls Rock! RI and The Copacetics and Special Guests
6:00 – 8:00 pm (Gate opens at 5:30 pm)
401-848-5055 |
Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Aidan Keating (Guitar, Vocals)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |
Presenter: Jane Pickens Theater and Event Company
Venue: Jane Pickens Theater
Captain Blood Party with Live Music from The Little Compton Band
6:30 pm – Live music with The Little Compton Band
7:30 pm – Screening of the classic pirate film, Captain Blood
Presenter: Jo’s American Bistro
Venue: Jo’s Bistro
An Evening of Jazz featuring Joanne Rodino (Vocals), John Monllos(Guitar), Steve Johnson (Bass) and Stefan Griffin (Drums)
7:00 – 10:00 pm
401-862-0362 |
Thursday, August 2
Presenter: Newport Dinner Cruise
Venue: Mermaid Star
Bridgefest Hors d’oeuvres Cruise featuring Lois Vaughan Jazz Duo withBryan Rizzuto
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Presenter: Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Venue: Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
Busking at Bowen’s featuring Dan Pelletier & Matt Fehr
6:00 – 9:00 pm
401-849-3478 |
Presenter: What’s Up Newp
Venue: Newport Playhouse
The Greg Abate Uptown Jazz Quintetfeaturing Greg Abate (Saxophone),Phil Grenadier (Trumpet), Matt DeChamplain (Piano), Paul Del Nero(Bass) and Luther Gray (Drums)
8:00 pm
$20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door
401-662-1653 |
Schedule Subject to Change
More information on the four-day celebration is available
Now in its third year under the banner of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., Bridgefest was founded in 2009 by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County.
The 2018 Newport Folk Festival, which is sold out, is set for July 27 – 29 at Fort Adams State Park. Artists include Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Shakey Graves, Valerie June, Cheech & Chong, Gary Clark, Jr., The Lone Bellow, Toots and the Maytals and Brandi Carlile. For additional information, go
The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Investment Managers takes place August 3 – 5 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Artists include Charles Lloyd’s 80th Birthday Celebration with three different bands; Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh, & Gwilym Simcock; Living Colour, Andra Day, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Alicia Olatuja, Jon Batiste, Michel Camilo, Grace Kelly, Laurie Anderson & Christian McBride Improvisations with special Rubin Kodheli and Roy Hargrove. For tickets and additional information, go to
Newport Festivals Foundation fosters the legacy and expands the impact of its Festivals through educational initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in Jazz and Folk music. The Foundation’s goal is to offer opportunity, inspire through exposure and facilitate the collection of resources needed for musicians to celebrate and innovate. The focus on creating unique experiences to spark engagement is accomplished through a variety of initiatives, including instrument donations and performances at schools throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. For more information, please visit