Busking at Bowen's Wharf on Monday, July 27


Click to embiggen. Image courtesy of Newport BridgeFest

Monday night from 6-8pm I'll be busking on Bowen's Wharf as part of the Newport BridgeFest, the week-long celebration of local musicians that "bridges" the Folk and Jazz Festivals. More than 50 local musicians will be playing at nine venues around Newport next week — you can get the schedule and full details at Hope you can drop on by!

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PHS musicians make semifinals of US band competition

According to an e-mail sent out on the PHS listserv, an alternative rock band, "Scarlet," featuring four PHS seniors — Christopher Cooney, Donald Larson, Jacob Telford and Zack Rego — has made it to the regional semifinals of the National Association for Music Education "SchoolJam" battle of the bands, and they need everyone in Portsmouth to vote them up. From the e-mail:

They are currently one of twelve semifinalists in the Northeast region and to make it to the finals they need to receive the top two highest votes in the region. Becoming finalists would send them to Anaheim, California in January to compete for prizes and gain valuable exposure.

Here's what's at stake for them and for Portsmouth High if they make it:

  • For 1st Place: A trip to Europe to perform at SchoolJam Germany in the Spring of 2011, $5,000 for PHS's music program and $1,000 towards the purchase musical gear for Scarlet
  • For 2nd Place: $3,000 for PHS's music program and $750 towards the purchase musical gear
  • For 3rd Place: $1,500 for PHS's music program and $500 towards the purchase of musical gear
  • For 4th-10th Place: $1,000 for PHS's school music programs and $250 towards the purchase of musical gear

All you have to do to vote is:

  1. Visit and register with your email
  2. Once you register and receive a confirmation email go to the northeast category and cast your vote for Scarlet (SchoolJam will not send you any spam so don't worry about providing your email)
  3. Vote once per day now through November 30, 2010 so once you get registered don't forget to keep up with it, Scarlet needs all of your support
  4. Additionally you will automatically be entered to win $1000 each time you vote.

Tell everyone you know to sign up and vote every day, as the finalists are determined solely on number of votes. The finalists will be announced on Dec 1, 2010 and we would be so proud to see Portsmouth's own Scarlet on the list!

If you haven't already checked out Scarlet, you can download their 5-track EP for FREE at and keep up with them on

Hey all you Patriots, vote early, vote often!

Disclaimer: Written substantially from a listserv message.

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Portsmouth musicians featured in Newport show this weekend

American Songbook at Trinity Church
American Songbook at Trinity Church.

This weekend, enjoy the music of Frank Sinatra, performed by the talented muscians of Newport's Trinity Church Ministry of the Arts (including one of Portsmouth's most musical families, Diane, Chris, and Jonathan Myers) From the press release:

Trinity Church's Ministry of the Arts presents their 4th annual event in the "American Songbook" series, this time, saluting "The Chairman of the Board", a.k.a. "Old Blue Eyes" - Frank Sinatra. This all-Sinatra review, under the direction of Paul Allard, and musical direction by Al Deston, III, spans the artist's 60+ year career, during which he recorded over 2,000 songs. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with the Trinity Church Ministry of the Arts cast, and sing along, tap your toes, or just watch, listen, and enjoy the show.

The show features Portsmouth musicians Diane, Chris, and Jonathan Myers, as well as Paul Allard, Lynne Ceglie (so sorry about Tuesday, Lynne!), Paul Koumrian, Pro Lyon, Carol Parfet, Steve Parfet, Nancy Roy, Bob Smith, and Cathy Taitz.

Each installment of "American Songbook" has been presented to raise money for a particular charity, and this time is no different: Proceeds from this year's show will benefit "Grace's Children Orphanage" in Northern Kenya.

Tickets are $20. For reservations, please email, or call 401-324-9492.

Show times: November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30 pm
November 7, 14 matinee @ 2 pm

Disclaimer: Written substantially from a press release.

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