Metheny to play at annual Newport Jazz Festival

Metheny to play at annual Newport Jazz Festival

NEWPORT — Pat Metheny will be joined by Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh and Gwilym Simcock at the Newport Jazz Festival’s Friday, Aug. 3 concert at International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino and hotel. The evening will also include, “Lean On Me: Josè James celebrates Bill Withers.”

“Pat Metheny is someone I first admired from afar, then wound up having the privilege of working with over the last 25 years,” said Christian McBride, festival artistic director in a media release. “I consider him a true friend, a mentor and a constant source of inspiration, on and offstage.”

“Every time he makes music, the world listens,” McBride added. “It’s an honor to have him at Newport Jazz Festival this year.”

The 2018 lineup for the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park will include Living Colour; Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland; Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition; Michel Camilo; and Matthew Shipp Trio on Friday, Aug. 3.

Andra Day; Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland; and Mary Halvorson's Code Girl take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 4. Artemis featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda & Allison Miller; Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Lucinda Williams with Jason Moran, Marvin Sewell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland; and Jazzmeia Horn will perform on Sunday, Aug. 5.

More performers will be added to the lineups as the summer approaches.

Prior to the festival’s Friday concert, a cocktail party will be held at 6:30 p.m. featuring an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited and exclusively for concertgoers. 

Party attendees must purchase a separate ticket to the concert at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the party and concert are available at

The International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino is located at 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

For more information on the Newport Jazz Festival visit


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