Summertime in Newport is synonymous with outdoor festivities. From al fresco eats and drinks to live music and free concert series, you'll find us in the sun as much as possible. These live music series are everything you need to keep your fun-in-the-sun time upbeat (see what we did there?)
1. EASTON'S BEACH FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES
Live music with an ocean view is the agenda for Easton's Beach Family Night Concert Series every Tuesday through August. All shows begin at 6:00 PM and last for approximately an hour and a half. In the event of rain, shows will be rescheduled.
2. MUSIC ON THE PORCH
Hosted by The Fort Adams Trust, the Music on the Porch free concert series will be held at the Eisenhower House in Fort Adams State Park this summer. All concerts start at 5:00 PM and feature live music performances from a variety of artists and performers. Bring a blanket and enjoy performances for all ages accompanied by Narragansett Bay in the backdrop.
- Thursday, June 21: Navy Band Northeast
- Other concerts TBA
3. SINGING OUT AGAINST HUNGER SERIES
Singing Out Against Hunger was created in 2003 to provide nutritious food for those in need and to raise awareness of their ongoing plight. Savor award-winning food, raffles and local musicians on the Nanaquaket Pond patio at Evelyn's Drive-In and on the water at South Shore Beach in Little Compton.
4. FIRESIDE WEDNESDAYS MUSIC SERIES
Newport Vineyards presents their live fireside music series alongside extended tasting room hours through the summer. Enjoy live music near the firepits from 5:00 - 8:00 PM while overlooking the vines. Sip and savor the night while enjoying wine tastings, wine by the glass, beer and sangria, as well as light bites from the kitchens. No cost for entry to the live music or reservation needed.
5. MUSIC MONTH AT BALLARD PARK
Jenkins Construction Company of Middletown presents Music Month at Ballard Park. The series includes three free concerts by a diverse group of bands.
All of the Jenkins Construction Music Month concerts will be held in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow off of Hazard Road. Seating for all concerts is on the grass so event goers are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chair. There is rugged terrain so sturdy shoes are also recommend. Picnic dinners are welcome and parking is available on Hazard Road. Allow fifteen minutes to park and make your way into the quarry meadow.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Band: The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Time: 10:00 AM
Details: Bubbles, hula hoops, squirt guns and costumes will get kids movin’ and groovin’. Offering a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and storytelling.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
Band: Chelley, Bill & Dyl
Time: 7:00 PM
Details: Whether singing the blues, rock, reggae or pop, Chelley Smith always ties the melodies together with style and soul while Dylan Roy on bass and Bill Cote on guitar offer audiences a swinging good time.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
Band: The Ravers
Time: 7:00 PM
Details: This family-friendly reggae show features Ravers all-stars singer Carey Bowman, Adam Aleicho on guitar, Ray Gennari on bass, Doug Ernest on drums and more.
6. SWEET BERRY FARM SUMMER CONCERT & DINNER SERIES
This 100-acre post and beam farm market in Middletown is hosting their annual summer dinner and concert series featuring a dinner menu to complement the provided live music every Tuesday through August.
Admission to all concerts is free. Specialty dinners prepared by Chef Scott Amaral are available along with many other food items from the café. Picnic tables are reserved for meal ticket holders only and on a first come first serve basis. Meal tickets can be reserved by calling ahead. 401.847.3912. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Concert goers must park in designated parking lot only. Please do not park in front of farm market.
Full schedule TBA
7. NIMFEST AT KING PARK
NIMFest at King Park takes place in the park gazebo on Wellington Avenue, offering unparalleled views of Newport Harbor. Presented by the City of Newport, concerts are held on Sundays from 3:00 - 6:00 PM through August. All concerts are free of charge, just bring your lawn chair or a blanket!
8. EVENING MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
Head to East Ferry Memorial Square in Jamestown with a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair for free evening music set on Narragansett Bay throughout the season. Concerts are held every Sunday at 6:30 PM starting July 8.
9. WARREN SUMMER CONCERT & FOOD TRUCK NIGHTS
Enjoy savory bites from local food trucks and a variety of live music on select Wednesdays and Sundays through the summer at Burr's Hill Park in Warren.
10. SUMMER MUSIC ON THE LAWN
Join Saint John's of Newport every third and fourth Thursday of the month 6:00 - 8:30 PM for outdoor tunes, food trucks, beer and wine, raffles and more on their lush lawn.
11. WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES
Head to King Park for a brand new concert series at the gazebo overlooking Newport Harbor. Parking is free, just bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live music from a variety of artists.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Theme: Bastille Day Concert
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Details: Featuring classical music by Harpist Arilyn Mitchell and the France-based swing duo La Mechante et Le Connard with singer/ukelele player Casey Jane Sullivan and Cecil Roger on acoustic bass singing tunes in French and English.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Theme: Bridgefest Jazz Concert
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Details: the Alan Bernstein Jazz ensemble featuring singer Nicolas King whose recent performances at NYC’s Birdland and Carnegie Hall has made him the fastest rising interpreter of the American songbook. Performing with seasoned RI artists, pianist Mike Renzi’s masterful accompaniments, drummer Mike Coffey, and bassist Alan Bernstein.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Theme: Dynamic Duos Concert
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Details: Featuring the Honey Dewdrops at, a virtuoso folk/bluegrass duet from Baltimore, with singers/guitarists Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. The Honey Dewdrops are known for their tight harmonies and banjo, mandolin and guitar instrumentals.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Theme: Irish Folk Music Concert
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Details: Celebrate traditional Irish music with The Exiles (2:00pm), former members of RI’s longstanding Pendragon folk ensemble) featuring multi-instrumentalist Bob Drouin, on vocals, fiddle, bouzouki and banjo, Kevin Doyle, award-winning dancer & percussionist, Torrin Ryan on uilleann pipes & whistles, and Mike Fischman on guitar, bouzouki, banjo and vocals. Following is RI master fiddler Sheila Falls duo (3pm), and the Copley Street Quartet (4pm) from Boston, with world class uilleann piper Joey Abarta, renowned fiddler Nathan Gourley and Owen Marshall on bouzouki, with award-winning Irish dancer Jaclyn O’Riley accompanying the band.
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