Newport Jazz Fest
When: July 31st-August 2nd
Where: Newport, Rhode Island
Why Go: Now in its 61st year, Newport Jazz soldiers on with over 40 bands, 19 of which will be making their festival debut. Look out for 11-year-old newcomer Joey Alexander, performing on Saturday, and don't miss the Tennis Court Hall of Fame concert at the Newport Casino, which will feature Chris Botti and Jon Batiste.
Must-See Acts: Snarky Puppy, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin, Peter Evans Quintet, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Chris Botti, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Kenny Garrett Quintet, José James, Cassanda Wilson, Jamie Cullum, Arturo Sandoval, Scott Robinson's Doctette, Pat Martino Organ Trio, Steve Lehman Octet, Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Official Site: newportjazzfest.org