NEWPORT, R.I. (CelebrityAccess) Looks like the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island will be around a bit longer – 25 years to be exact.
Gov. Gina Raimondo and Newport Festivals Foundation Chairman George Wein took the stage today after a performance by Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real to announce that the state has reached an agreement to keep the famous music festival in the state for another quarter century. Raimondo also announced the Department of Environmental Management has entered into a 40-year lease with Newport Folk Festival for Building 16 to build a museum with displays to the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals.
In essence, as Raimondo and Wein said from stage, the festival will be in Rhode Island for another 40 years.
“I’m thrilled that the Folk Festival and the Jazz Festival are staying right here in Newport where they belong,” Raimondo said. “The two festivals have been signature celebrations at Fort Adams under the leadership of their founder, George Wein, for decades, and attract thousands of visitors to Rhode Island. We’re delighted to partner with Newport Festivals Foundation to continue hosting these world-class events at Fort Adams well into the future. This agreement helps Rhode Island sustain and expand the attractions that make us an unforgettable, fun-sized destination.”