We just caught the Newport Folk Fest, the musical jewel of the summer… other than its older and meaner brother the Newport Jazz Fest.
Why should you head over to the Newport Jazz Fest? Because Bela Fleck and the Most Amazing Living Bassist (ie Victor Wooten) are headlining Friday. Because Rhiannon Giddens, who played one of the best sets at the Folk Fest has a double-header with the always excellent Trombone Shorty. (Giddens fits in incredibly well with the power of her jazz voice, too.) Because you missed the Folk Fest, and you need NEED your fix of the Newport-hosted music scene.
There are too many reasons to catch the Jazz Fest. We’re going to be there as a regular no-camera fan on Friday. (And maybe we’ll catch Giddens again, ooooooo.) Get tickets here, they start at $65 for the locals (ie, pick them up at the Discover Newport Visitor Center on America’s Cup Ave.) and have a minor fee for those who don’t want to traverse Newport’s miserably tourist grounds.
So yes indeed. You can get your fix of music THIS WEEKEND. August 4-6, 2017. Do not hesitate. Do not reconsider; do not pause and waste your valuable time thinking. Just get them; we’ve discovered too many fantastic acts here (Stanley Clarke, Robert Glasper, Terence Blanchard etc. etc. ad nauseum). Branford Marsalis awaits (on Saturday, another act for you to discover).
Again, get a ticket to the oldest Jazz festival in the country. HERE. See y’all there,