2018-06-28 / Music Scene

NIMFest Continues

The Newport Independent Music Festival (NIMFest) kicks off its 12th season on Sunday, July 1 at the King Park gazebo on Wellington Avenue. The free concert series, which runs every Sunday afternoon until Aug. 26, will feature 20 local soloists and bands during the nine-week festival.

NIMFest, which is the brainchild of Newport musicians Gianna and Kevin Sullivan, presents almost every kind of music imaginable, most of it performed by local musicians. Musical offerings will include reggae, Irish music, blues, rock, folk, Indy rock, world music, R&B and classic covers. There truly is something for every musical taste.

NIMFest is fully funded by The Hamilton Family Foundation. Late Newport philanthropist Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton felt strongly that there should be live music at King Park. “She loved seeing all the neighbors out with their families, kids, dogs and bikes,” Gianna Sullivan said.

In previous years, the festival has featured out-of-town musicians with Newport ties. Past performers include Paul Geremia, Joyce Katzberg, Susan Cowsill and Joanie Madden of the famed group Cherish The Ladies.

In 2015, the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going “electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, NIMFest paid tribute to the 1960s. When The John Hillman Band started performing the Dylan classic, “Like A Rolling Stone,” cars driving down Wellington Avenue slowed and honked their horns, as the passengers strained to see if, as rumor had it, Dylan was actually singing in Newport that day.

When asked to sum up the overwhelming success of NIMFest, Gianna Sullivan said, “Good music, a breeze off the harbor, summer sun and a price families can afford, free.”

For the complete schedule, visit NIMFest Newport on Facebook.

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