Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Jazz and Folk Festivals, the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™will hold its second annual fundraising Gala on Saturday, August 4, at 7:30 pm at the historic Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, in Newport, Rhode Island. An intimate evening of fine dining and music featuring performances by Dianne Reeves, Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Bill Frisell, Lewis Nash, Lionel Loueke, Steve Wilson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Martin and Ingrid Jensen, the Gala will immediately follow the day-long concert series at Fort Adams State Park.

"Last year, the Foundation hosted an exciting celebration of jazz and folk music at Rosecliff on the Thursday evening between the two festivals. After hearing from people who were disappointed because they were unable to travel to Newport prior to the weekend, we decided to hold the Gala on Saturday evening to give more festival attendees the opportunity to enjoy the music at another historic mansion while supporting the Foundation's mission," said George Wein, Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation and Producer of the Jazz and Folk Festivals.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres begin at 7:30 pm, a New Orleans-influenced dinner will be served at 8:30 pm and the evening's program will begin at approximately 9:00 pm. Gala tickets, which can be purchased at www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org, are $500 for a single seat, recognition in the Gala program book, and a ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival on August 4 and 5. ($305 is tax deductible). Please visit the Foundation website for information on corporate sponsorship and tables.

The Newport Folk Festival takes place July 27 - 29 at Fort Adams State Park featuring Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart and more. Tickets, which are sold out for Saturday and Sunday, are still available for the Wilco concert on Friday. For more information, go to http://www.newportfolkfest.net/.

Jason Moran
 The Newport Jazz Festival takes place the following weekend, August 3 - 5, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park featuring Pat Metheny, TedeschiTrucks Band, Dianne Reeves, Jack DeJohnette, Dr. John, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jason Moran & the Bandwagon and others. Tickets and more information are available at http://www.newportjazzfest.net/.

The Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.* was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build up and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today's musical trends. Through the establishment of partnerships with high schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will present programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals. For more information, please visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

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