Since 1959, the Newport Folk Festival® has held a unique place in America's musical and cultural history. A hub for the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s and the site of Bob Dylan's famous switch to electric guitar in 1965, the festival also hosted the first major appearances of Joan Baez, James Taylor, Joni Michell and Arlo Guthrie, and sparked the revival of gospel, Cajun and blues. Today the festival still serves the musical omnivores, the fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition.
Bring your children (recommended for all ages, but particularly for children ages 1-10) to hear and experience jazz and folk music as presented by our Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals. The concert takes place under a tent inside the walls of historic Fort Adams.
The Newport Jazz Festival®, started in 1954, was the first jazz festival in America and served as the stage for legendary performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, any many others. In later years, artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman and Esperanza Spalding made major debuts on the Newport stage. Referred to as the mother of all jazz festivals, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city which is famed in its own right for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. Currently presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, the event is held over the course of three days at two of the city’s historic landmarks: the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park.
Our 2014 Gala will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival with special guests appearing in unique performances. Artists will be announced soon. The event will be held at the magnificent Breakers and will include cocktails and fine dining, in addition to the musical entertainment. Gala ticket buyers can get a flex ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park. Cocktails at 7:30pm; Dinner and the program at 8:30pm. Gala ticket form available here.
BridgeFest "bridges" Newport's world-renowned folk and jazz festivals, offering four days and nights filled with countless concerts and musically themed events hosted by some of the finest restaurants and music venues throughout Newport County. Along with an exciting evening music scene, visitors will enjoy a week’s worth of picnic concerts at vineyards and beaches, children’s musical activities, plus free lectures and workshops with notable musical artists.
For more information about the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport, RI and for performance schedules visit http://www.newportbridgefest.com/ .
BridgeFest is presented by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport, RI