In it’s fourth year, the Busking @ Bowen’s series welcomes musical artists who bare their soul in an intimate setting amidst the shops and restaurants on historic Bowen’s Wharf. Located right on the water, Bowen’s is at the heart of Newport’s summer shopping and dining community. Busking is a street, performance-art that is intended to draw in a rotating audience. 


With the summer heat in full swing a team from Coole Swan – Superior Irish Cream Liqueur will join us nightly in the Pilot House offering free samples and recipes…think Mudslides! The finest Single Malt Irish Whiskey, sourced from one of Ireland’s oldest distilleries, was selected and blended with Real White Belgian Chocolate and Fresh, Natural Dairy Cream from a family farm north if Dublin to create Coole Swan. 


All ages are welcome. Busking @ Bowen’s is a rain or shine event. Admission is free. Sampling of Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream will be at the Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House, 45 America’s Cup Avenue, and only available to 21 and over. The Pilot House is Newport’s go-to welcome center for tour info and tickets to over 25 venues and sites. Our friendly local staff will be glad to steer visitors in the right direction! Live music will be on site, usually near the anchor, in a family-friendly, historic waterfront shopping and
dining district.


Sponsored by Bowen’s Wharf Co. and Coole Swan.



Panoramic View • Monday July 25, 2016 from 6-9 PM

From solo artists to full bands, Panoramic View features Caribbean folk and culture with a jazz background to create a blend of original music, traditional island repertoire, and pop covers with Caribbean spice. Panoramic View will present a special percussion duo performance for BridgeFest featuring Daniel J. Pelletier on Marimba with the band’s founder and composer, Steel Pannist Aaron Abrahamson Cote. The group is currently working on their 2nd record, which should be out this fall.


Ilana Katz Katz • Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 6-9 PM

A veteran of Busking @ Bowen’s, BridgeFest, and the Boston busking scene, Ilana’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives deep into the Blues. Her unique style – as a solo artist and in a band – has taken her to the stage and to the studio with greats such as (BMA) Blues Music Award Winner Ronnie Earl, BMA nominee Barry Levenson (Canned Heat), NY Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Radcliff, multi-grammy nominated Cedric Watson and Grammy nominee Chas Justus – to name a few. In addition to her Blues and Appalachian music mainstays, she is a versatile, improvisational musician, as comfortable performing solo in large theaters as she is being featured in 14 piece rock bands or on Boston’s Subway platforms (where you can find her most Fridays).


Thatcher Harrison • Wednesday July 27, 2016 from 6-9 PM

Just fourteen years old, Thatcher Harrison plays everything from pop standards to jazz, classical, fingerstyle, eight-finger tapping on one guitar, and eight-finger tapping on two guitars. If that weren’t enough, he and his father, Stan Harrison, compose and perform their own musically sophisticated, richly harmonized songs. A talented musical arranger, Thatcher has crafted impressive versions of songs ranging from Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Brubeck’s “Take Five.” Harrison has delighted audiences at a number of area music festivals, including Harrifest - A Tribute to George Harrison; Singing Out Against Hunger; the New Bedford Folk Festival, and the Tiverton Arts and Artisan Festival.


Clay Nordhill & Sam Kurzontkowski • Thursday July 28, 2016 from 6-9 PM

Busking @ Bowen’s features a great new act from guitarist Clay Nordhill & upright bassist Sam Kurzontkowski. Clay Nordhill is a Rhode Island based guitarist, composer, and educator as well as a recent graduate of the jazz performance program at the University of Rhode Island, where he studied under guitarist Eric Hofbauer. In 2013 Clay was chosen to perform with the URI Big Band at the Newport Jazz Festival. Aside from playing guitar, he enjoys running and rock climbing. Clay can be found playing with his own groups, as well as with Four Agreements, the Just Around Trio, Kamchatka, and various other groups. Clay performs regularly throughout the New England Area.