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Swinging at the Bell Concert Series Returns to Newport

UPDATE: Due to the closure of the Purple People Bridge, this event has been moved to Festival Park on the Newport riverfront.

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The summer concert series at Newport's World Peace Bell returns next week.

Swinging at the Bell opens Wednesday, May 12 with the Pete Wagner Band and Nancy James.

Showtime is 7 p.m.

The annual series is free and sponsored by Southbank Partners.

Guests will need to bring their own chair or seating.

Southbank Partners asks that guests maintain social distancing and practice COVID-19 safety guidelines.  

“We are thrilled to bring back the ever-popular Swinging at the Bell concert series this summer,” said incoming president of Southbank Partners, Will Weber.  

The concerts end at 9 p.m. At the end of each concert, Southbank Partners will ring the World Peace Bell for guests.  

The following is the schedule of the concerts: 

  • May 12 – Pete Wagner Band with Nancy James 
  • June 9 – Revolver 
  • July 14 – Pete Wagner Band with Nancy James 
  • July 28 – Sound Body Jazz Orchestra 
  • August 11 – Revolver 
  • August 25 – Jump & Jive Show Band 
Additional dates may be added later in the summer.
“We want to thank: VS Engineering, Fedders Construction, Republic Bank, Newport Business Association, and Strategic Advisers for their sponsorships," Weber said. "Without them we would not be able to provide these events for the Northern Kentucky community. We encourage people of all ages to come out to enjoy a relaxing night of great music.” 
-Staff report
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