Rhode Island Monthly 2015 Summer Guide : Page 9

starry nights WHAT Misquamicut Drive-In Summer is the chance to watch movies al fresco. So whether you’re a fan of '70s thrillers or Sundance winners, grab your blanket or chair and some compatriots; Rhode Island has plenty of cinematic options. WHERE Wuskenau Town Beach Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. WHEN May 15 June: Fridays at 9 p.m. July, August: Thursdays at 9 p.m. September, October: Fridays at 8 p.m. Most Thursday nights in the summer COST $10 per car BEACHGOERS Settle in after a day in the surf with licks from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, from Grease to Gremlins . newportFILM DOCUMENTARY BUFFS The latest critically acclaimed true tales o f the festival circuit, often with an environmental focus. This year's lineup includes Sunshine Superman and What Happened, Miss Simone? Watch the sun set over the bay, then depending on the week, enjoy a quirky classic such as Breakfast at Ti fany’s or rock out to a performance by a nationally known band like Atwater-Donnelly. Scream along with other Providence movie lovers to classic nail biters such as The Shining and Jaws, or indulge in family drama with The Royal Tenenbaums. Enjoy favorites such as Jurassic Park and Mrs. Doubt ire at Movies on the Rocks, located in a quarry meadow. Rotating venues include Norman Bird Sanctuary, Newport Polo Grounds and Rough Point. Burr’s Hill Park, between Child and Market streets in Warren. Varies according to event. Go to newport ilm.com for more information. Free Music and Movies in the Park ART LOVERS Every other Sunday at sunset Movies on the Block THRILL SEEKERS Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster St., Providence, moviesontheblock.com. Ballard Park in Newport. Park at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham St., Newport, ballardpark.org. Thursday nights at sunset from June to September Wednesdays in August at dusk Free Ballard Park NATURE LOVERS Free Smathers and Branson needlepoint Newport bridge belt, $165, Michael Hayes, Newport. Your Summer Soundtrack FIVE PICKS FOR LIVE, OUTDOOR MUSIC IN THE OCEAN STATE. BY CASEY NILSSON JULY 6 AUG. 9: Tunes on the Dunes. Head to Westerly for all-genre jams on Monday nights and blues music on Wednesdays, right on the beach. Don’t miss blues legend Duke Robillard on July 15 and John Ca erty and the Beaver Brown Band on July 20. 68 p.m. Free. Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, tunesonthedunesri.com. JULY 9 SEPT. 10: Burnside Park Music Series. Every Thursday night, grab a drink and kick back with some indie tunes. On July 30, catch String Builder, the neo-folk family band featuring Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel and Alec Thibodeau of Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. 4:30 7:30 p.m. Free. Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza, Providence, kennedyplaza.org. JULY 27 30: Newport BridgeFest. Bridge the gap between Newport’s famous (and often sold out) festivals with a variety of live music at the city’s greatest venues, from the lawns of Gilded Age mansions to a salt-sprayed stage at Bowen’s Wharf. Most events are free. Various venues in Newport County, newportbridgefest.com. AUG. 1: Swamp Stomp 8. This annual outdoor festival, held in a top-secret location in South County, draws international acts and local standouts. This year features the Sadies — a Toronto-based band with roots in surf, punk and psychedelic rock — plus Steve Wynn, Caroline Rose, and the Silks, a Rhode Island-based trio that blends blues and rock. 1:30 9:30 p.m. $40. The Great Swamp, West Kingston, brownpapertickets.com/event/1429145. AUG. 15: Summit Music Festival. A favorite for families, the event draws local and national acts, plus food trucks, a beer garden and art. 16 p.m. Free. Lippitt Park, Providence, summitmusicfest.org. Newport Folk Fest BY KELLY SHEA SUMMER PASSION From my pre-adolescent perspective in the early 2000s, the Newport Folk Festi-val was simply the weekend when people with au naturel body hair would come into town with their tie-dyed tank tops and beach chairs and create lots of traffi c jams. I was a wide-eyed observer, but that didn’t last long. “You’re gonna want to pay attention to this for just a minute Kel, you’ll appreci-ate it later,” my dad told me as the semi-nal folk notions of Crosby, Stills and Nash blew over from Fort Adams, toward the clustered vessels anchored off the point. | | CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 It was one of RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY BELT PHOTOGRAPH, HOWARD CHU. l SUMMER GUIDE 2015 9

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