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Newport Live was previously known as Common Fence Music, originally established by Ed Nary in 1993 to make folk music accessible in Portsmouth, RI. Decades later, our concert series has evolved to providing diverse music across Newport County, continuing to attract audiences from all over New England to performances featuring GRAMMY award-winning songwriters and musicians, and other highly acclaimed music artists from across the globe.
Common Fence Music, a longstanding non-profit arts organization on the East Bay whose mission is to celebrate diverse music traditions by offering access to vibrant performances, has been renamed “NEWPORT LIVE.”
Executive Director Dick Lynn announced the 2022 Summer Season will begin on June 10, with Kyshonaperforming at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.
Dick Lynn stated, “We’re excited to open the summer season with Kyshona, a singer-songwriter who has been lauded by NPR Music, Billboard, and No Depression. Our goal is to make the Greater Newport region a year-round music destination and to present high-quality concerts throughout the year in venues on Aquidneck Island and beyond. Great music feeds the soul and nourishes the mind, and we can all use that right now.”
For the second year in a row, the Norman Bird Sanctuary and NEWPORT LIVE (formerly Common Fence Music) are presenting an Outdoor Summer Concert Series together. The series represents a unique programmatic collaboration between the two nonprofit organizations: bringing music and nature together for four unique evening performances throughout the summer months.
“We are delighted to build on last year’s success and continue this collaboration with NEWPORT LIVE,” said Norman Bird Sanctuary Executive Director, Kaity Ryan. “It is a wonderful way to connect the community with the natural resources we protect. The concerts bring people together for great live music outside at NBS during the summer.”
For further information including tickets, check the website here: newportlive.org
For over seventy years, the Norman Bird Sanctuary has served as a wildlife refuge and environmental education center. Norman Bird Sanctuary’s seven miles of hiking trails and 300 acres of scenic landscape are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
is a Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission is to celebrate diverse music traditions by offering access to all to our vibrant performances.
Anchored in Newport, RI on Spring Street, our organization offers year-round high-quality musical performances in a wide range of venues such as Norman Bird Sanctuary, The Martin Luther King Center, Newport Vineyards, Channing Memorial Church, and The Newport Casino, among other locations.
Inspired by the Newport Festivals of the 1960’s and 70’s, Newport Live was previously known as Common Fence Music, originally established by Ed Nary in 1993 to make folk music accessible in Portsmouth, RI. Twenty-nine years later, our concert series has evolved to providing diverse music across Newport County, continuing to attract audiences from all over New England to performances featuring GRAMMY award-winning songwriters and musicians, and other highly acclaimed music artists from across the globe.Fueled by the hard work of volunteers and under the Executive Direction of Dick Lynn, NEWPORT LIVE
continues its mission via grants and sponsors. In 2022, NEWPORT LIVE
is offering three tiers of sponsorship opportunities: Friends, Patrons, and Noteables
Friday, January 26, 2018 8p
With Kerri Powers
Infinity Music Hall
20 W. Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44), Norfolk, CT
The Art of Storytelling
Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at the Historic Infinity Hall
His reputation precedes him. But that’s no reason to let an opportunity to see Vance Gilbert pass you by! Fresh off a tour of Australia, Vance has for some time now been a major mover of the singer-songwriter scene. His penchant for storytelling, mingled with his terrific sense of humor makes a Gilbert gig a lively event indeed. And, oh by the way, if you’ve heard the man’s latest album, Nearness of You—or any of his albums for that matter—you know he can sing.
Gilbert was born and raised in the Philly area and he started his career in Boston aspiring to be a jazz singer. But things happened, and he soon found himself in the warm embrace of the singer-songwriter world, opening for folks like Shawn Colvin and later comedians George Carlin and Paul Reiser. One of those shows, in Dallas, earned him some good press from the local paper: “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener.” Of course, that was ages ago. But the fact is, Gilbert has only gotten to be a more engaging performer, with beautiful, worldly stories, finely honed guitar technique, and a voice that delivers.
Over two decades-plus in the music business, Vance has produced a healthy helping of great recordings, including the widely raved about BaD Dog Buffet. Old White Men hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart on its release and Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 Records of the Year upon its release in 2005. Perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this particular press release is the fact that Vance’s live album, Somerville Live, issued in 2000, was described by the Boston Globe as a work “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” And we haven’t even talked about Nearness of You, which features Vance singing stripped down versions of 14 of his jazz faves.
Vance’s upcoming gig at Infinity Hall will be reliably memorable. His show is entertaining, his stories are by turns funny and poignant, and his music, above all, is well worth hearing.
Tagline – MUSIC, DANCE, CRAFTS, FOOD
The 29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival August 4-6.
For Immediate Release
The 29th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes wing the first weekend in August. Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many. Complete with a pre-fest Thursday locavore inspired Tastings and Farm Market, campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in beautiful Hillsdale, NY.
Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, a delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday and Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.
Palate pleasers include Caribbean curries, Thai noodles, hand roasted coffees, Mexican, Italian, middle-eastern & vegetarian specialties. Organic juices & good ole American comfort food too! Over 50 vendors ply their wares, much of it handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.
60’s Folk icon Eric Andersen, fest MVPs the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Season 8 Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks are featured along with Tempest, The Gaslight Tinkers, Upstate Rubdown, Brother Sun, ZydeGroove, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem and many others. Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Zydeco & more with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands front and center. A special tribute to the late Austin-based Red Dirt Music icon Jimmy LaFave who would have made his 7th Falcon Ridge appearance this year is planned.
Single day, 3 day and camping tickets are available as are senior, student & military discounts. Kids under 12 have free admission. Thursday pre-fest Tastings brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries & breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage.
The fest begins at noon Friday August 4 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. More info and tickets are at FalconRidgeFolk.com or 860 364-0366.