Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Alex and Ani to Help Continue the Legacy of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals
NEWPORT, RI, March 22, 2011 - For the first time in the history of the Newport Jazz Festival®, and Newport Folk Festival®,, one corporation will be a sponsor at both events. 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, it was announced today by Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501(c) (3) organization that produces the two events.
Headquartered in Cranston, RI, with its flagship store at Newport's Bowen's Wharf, Alex and Ani also will create limited edition charms that will be introduced and available exclusively at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.
Set for August 5-7 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 today. Highlights include Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Angelique 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 and other special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale, Friday, March 25, at 10:00 am through TicketMaster and www.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 positive energy company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity. We see these same characteristics in the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals and we look forward to sharing the art of jewelry and music with our combined audiences," said Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex and Ani founder, designer and creative director. Alex and Ani (www.alexandani.com) 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. Alex and Ani was created with the unique idea that the jewelry you wear, speaks wonders about who you are, and what you value as important in this lifetime. Alex and Ani products are designed and manufactured entirely in the United States, all in the greater Providence area.
For more information, log on to www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org. Visit www.newportfolkfest.net and www.newportjazzfest.net for information on the festivals.
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