MUSIC NEWS - For the first time in the history of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival, one company will be a sponsor at both events. The Rhode Island jewelry designer and manufacturer Alex and Ani will sponsor the Harbor Stage at Fort Adams State Park at the Newport Folk Festival on July 30 & 31 and at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6 & 7, announced the Newport Festivals Foundation.
Based in Cranston, RI, with a flagship store at Newport's Bowen's Wharf, Alex and Ani will also create limited edition charms that will be introduced and available exclusively at the 2011 Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals.
Set for August 5 thru 7 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival also announced its schedule this week. Highlights include-
Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Angélique Kidjo, Eddie Palmieri, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, Charles Lloyd, Michel Camilo, Hiromi, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ravi Coltrane, Randy Weston, Regina Carter, Mingus Big Band, Miguel Zenón, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Buika, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Joey DeFrancesco, Avishai Cohen with Anat Cohen, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green, Ambrose Akinmusire, Grace Kelly with Special Guest Phil Woods, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Brubeck Brothers, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Berklee College of Music All Stars.
Other special guests will be announced with tickets going on sale, Friday, March 25, at 10:00 am through TicketMaster and newportjazzfest.net. The schedule for the 2011 Newport Folk Festival will be announced March 29.
"This is the first time that one company will support both festivals in such a substantial way," said George Wein, President of Newport Festivals Foundation. "We are thrilled that this Rhode Island business understands the importance of the festivals to the state and the world and has come forward at this very crucial time. Alex and Ani is the perfect example of the type of philanthropic support that the Newport Festivals Foundation needs to continue to present outstanding folk and jazz music and educational programs for years to come."
Alex and Ani is a celebrated eco-friendly jewelry and lifestyle brand, known for their use of recycled materials and their personal and meaningful designs and packaging. A company founded on awareness, empowerment, inner beauty and the human spirit, each piece is created to reflect the personality and importance of the wearer. lex and Ani products are designed and manufactured entirely in the USA, all in the greater Providence, RI area.