ParksFest will bring music and festivities to Newburyport’s waterfront | New

NEWBURYPORT — The sounds of bluegrass and rhythm and roots music will fill Waterfront Park when the annual Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival returns as ParksFest on July 2 from noon to 6 p.m.

Presented by the city’s Parks Department and the Newburyport Parks Conservancy, the annual Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival made its final downtown appearance in 2019.

Parks Director Lisë Reid said her department was ready to rename the music festival ParksFest in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation instead.

The Parks Department is also away in 2021, but with masking and social distancing regulations greatly reduced, Reid said she’s ready to roll out ParksFest next week.

“We felt it would put too much pressure on the companies if we asked for sponsorships last year,” she said. “But we decided to hold it this year in January and started to line up our artists. It will be a great show. »

Byfield native Quentin Callewaert will open the free show, which will be headlined by “Black Myself” singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah.

Ward Hayden and the Outliers, Rosie Flores and the Talismens, and Darren and Brooke Aldridge will also take the ParkFest stage.

The Newburyport Parks Conservancy is a non-profit organization that raises funds for special projects including sports field renovations, restoration of the Bartlett Shopping Centre, beautification of Cushing Park, improvements on Inn Street and renovations at Joppa Park.

Reid said the festival was planned to give local residents and visitors something to do over the July 4 weekend while promoting parks conservation and the parks department.

“The Parks Conservancy does fundraising at these events and although people come from out of town we think this is very much an event about Newburyport and for Newburyport,” she said. .

ParksFest is also well supported by local businesses, according to Reid, who said the public is invited to a “prefest” with brunch, music and shopping at participating retailers starting at 10 a.m.

A Pleasant Shoppe owner, Gretchen Desautels, said in a press release that visitors can park their cars, drop off their things at the waterfront and visit her shop for mimosas and other goodies.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available with a $100 donation for prime seating on the deck of the Firehouse Center for the Arts, as well as inside a special VIP tent.

“Both areas will have a bar with free food and drink and the free event will also have a beer garden,” Reid said.

Reid thanked the Institution for Savings and Bentley’s Real Estate for sponsoring the VIP areas.

The parks department is also looking for volunteers to help with the planning, setup and the day of the event. For more information, visit: http://newburyportparks.org/parksfest.html.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be contacted by email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com.

or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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