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We like the idea of Bridgefest, a four-day program that blends the ideas of the Newport Jazz Fest and Folk Fest and then views the result through a local lens. We have plenty of talented pickers and improvisers ’round here, and BridgeFest gives ’em a spotlight. Each day is crammed with events. Today a trio of crews — Ramblin’ Rhode with Timmy May, Sync or Swim, a female a cappella quartet, and fiddler Ilana Katz — play real good for free at One Bowen’s Wharf, while the Skinny Millionaires, Pier Jump, the Mad Clatter, and La Méchante et le Connard woo you to the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton ($5). There are many other shows taking place through the 31st. For complete listings, go to

The city-wide fest "bridges" the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals | The "premiere events": July 28 at 6:30 pm at Sanford-Covell Villa Marina, 72 Washington St, bassist David Zinno and guitarist Jay Azzolina [Spyro Gyra] [$25] | July 29 at 7:30 pm at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St, "Songwriters In the Round," to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank, featuring Allysen Callery, Mark Cutler, Bob Kendall, and Ken Shane [suggested donation $15; donation of non-perishable food items encouraged] | July 30 at 6 pm at Fort Adams State Park, a family concert with Bari Koral Family Rock Band and Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo, plus a dance performance with choreography by Jackie Henderson from Off the Curb and Able Mind & Body [free] | July 30 at 6:30 pm at the Canfield House, 5 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, the Lois Vaughan Quintet [$50, advance reservations required @ 401.847.0416] | See the website for the complete schedule, including events at Queen Anne Square, and One Bowen's Wharf, plus the Jamestown Central Baptist Church and the Sandywoods Center For the Arts in Tiverton

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