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.
FREE Family Concert
July 29, 30 & 31, 2016
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, and 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 grandaddy 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.
2016 DATES AND INFO TBA
The Newport Festivals Gala has become one of the go-to social events of the Newport summer season. Held in one of Newport’s magnificent homes and featuring artists from the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, this is an evening not to be missed. All proceeds go to benefit Newport Festivals Foundation programs.