Tuesday, April 9, 2013
According to a new report designed to measure the economic impact of the Newport festivals, the events contribute to $5 million in direct spending in Rhode Island.
At the request of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Newport Festivals Foundation commissioned a study designed to measure the economic impact of the 2012 Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals on the State of Rhode Island. This study was conducted by Advantage Marketing Information, North Kingstown, RI. The results of the 19-page report concluded that in 2012: “This report confirms that the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals provide a tremendous boost to Rhode Island’s tourist economy,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “The Festivals are a huge draw, attracting thousands of attendees to Fort Adams each year who impact the local economy by spending close to $5 million on lodging, food and beverages, shopping, and …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Two acts are scheduled to open the Newport Jazz Festival at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The festival runs from Aug. 2-4.
The Newport Jazz Festival has announced Natalie Cole will be the opening act for this year's festival, along with the Bill Charlap Trio with special guest Freddy Cole. The jazz festival begins on Friday, Aug. 2 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. More than 25 acts are scheduled to perform at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4. A complete list of artists can be found here. Purchase tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival here. Make sure you are signed up for the Middletown Patch daily newsletter to stay current on local news.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Newport Jazz Festival runs from Aug. 2-4.
The Newport Jazz Festival has announced its 2013 line-up today on its website. A list of artists can be found here. The festival runs from Aug. 2-4. The first day of the festival will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The second and third day will be at Fort Adams State Park. Fan pre-sale tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Heavy rains soaked much of the final day of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, but the show continued and weather cleared later in the afternoon.
The spirit of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival did not waver on Sunday, despite strong winds and heavy torrents of rain throughout the day. Real jazz fans continued meandering from the Fort Stage to the Quad Stage and the Harbor Stage throughout the day. The weather finally calmed down by mid-afternoon, even though most attendees at that point already had soggy shoes and clothing completely soaked. The performance by Mingus Big Band in the morning was hit hardest by the rain, at times coming down horizontally, forcing band members to put on rain jackets and cover up their instruments with blankets. Pianist Hiromi and her band Trio Project excited the crowd at the Quad Stage with an electrifying performance after a half hour wait to dry off …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival will "return to their roots" as non-profits this summer, with George Wein and his Middletown-based company staff continuing to produce the event.
The Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival will revert back to non-profit events under the Newport Festivals Foundation Inc., according to the Foundation. George Wein and staff from his Middletown-based company will continue to produce the event. The jazz festival has been held in Newport since 1954 and the folk festival since 1959, and were originally not for profit. Under the Foundation, the festivals will “continue the tradition of featuring established and emerging performers” and “will honor the evolving cultural expression and freedom of creativity necessary to the growth and continuing vitality of the music.” In addition to returning to the non-profit sector, the Foundation will partner with local schools, colleges and …