Saturday, July 7th 3:30PM – 8:00PM

Don’t miss Newburyport’s annual music celebration of America’s roots on July Fourth weekend. Bring the family to Newburyport’s central waterfront for a free concert featuring Grammy nominated artists. Face painting, a beer garden tent, and food from Angry Donut, Metzy’s, and more will also be featured.

Event sponsorship gets you VIP seating with free food, beer, and wine overlooking the event from the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts and second VIP area up front on the lawn. Tickets are $50.00 a person for more information e-mail at or call at 888-465-1733.

Opening the festival will be the locally talented Quentin Callewaert. Seventeen year old Quentin Callewaert has been on the music scene for a few years but he is creating a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around. Classically trained, Quentin’s interest in fingerstyle acoustic guitar was inspired by Doc Watson.

The PO RAMBLIN BOYS – Whether they’re playing a standard by bluegrass giants Bill Monroe or Ralph Stanley or a new heartbreaker penned by rhythm guitarist Rinkel, there’s an unmistakable energy to it. The hard-driving bass pounds like a jackhammer as it keeps time; the melodic rhythm hooks you deep with the first note and doesn’t let go until the playul note of the banjo finishes.

THORNETTA DAVIS – A fantastic blues singer and songwriter based in Detroit. She’s been performing since the late 1980’s, and released a couple of Cs in the 1990s, sang with both Bob Seger and Kid Rock, and won several Detroit music awards. This music is blues, but with a heavy dose of soul as well as rock and funk….”seriously excellent songs” Michael Doherty’s Music Log.

NRBQ – You know the band, you know the songs and we all know it’ll be party time when NRBQ appears on our stage hot on the heels of their recently re-released self titled debut album. NRBQ is Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and John Perrin. NRBQ stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. The bands music, a rollicking blend of everything from stomping rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. In addition the group has served as the unofficial “house band” for The Simpsons for the Season 10-12 period. NRBQ has released a series of critically-acclaimed albums in recent years, among them Keep This Love Goin (2011) Brass Tacks (2014), and 2016’s 5-disc, 50-year retrospective, High Noon.