On July 11, 2019, Newport to Nashville presents a Listening Room concert showcase featuring local songwriters Steve Demers, Kim Petrarca, Johnny Gates and Mary Day performing acoustic songs in an intimate setting at the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant. 

The Newport to Nashville concerts offers a specialty menu as well as a full-service bar for your enjoyment. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 7:00 pm. There is a $10 cover with a full bar, and pub menu. More information online at​

Brought to the musical forefront is a new wave of Alternative Rock. The production sound of Steve Demers’ music can be mistaken for nothing other than crunchy, edgy, and sonic electric and acoustic melodies. 

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Kim Petrarca is a singer-songwriter based out of Nashville. Kim’s style of indie-folk-rock is not only lyrically driven, but honest and simple, making her songs relatable to any listener. 

Seen by many on the television show The Voice, Johnny started pursuing music at 18 when he was asked to join the band Runaway Saints because he “had awesome hair.” They performed locally in Rhode Island and moved to Nashville in 2008. As a solo artist he opening for Rod Stewart and Jonny Lang on tour. 

Growing up in RI, Mary had two passions, one was law enforcement and the other was being a singer/songwriter. She considers herself lucky that she got to do both. She has retired from 25 years of law enforcement but her music career still carries on. 

Newport to Nashville – Newport’s First Listening Room

A monthly evening of music showcasing songwriters performing their own songs.

Newport to Nashville is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing space for musicians and fans alike to enjoy music.  Our goal is to provide a venue for up & coming songwriter’s and national recording artists to perform and feature their original songs. The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant transforms into a Nashville Style Listening Room where performers play live, acoustic music in an intimate setting. Newport to Nashville offers a specialty menu as well as a full-service bar.

Past Newport to Nashville Performers include musicians Greg Abate, Jacob Paul Allen, Bill Bartholomew, Mederick Bellaire, Matt Borrello, Allysen Callery, Rick Cretarola, Mary Day, Steve Demers, Joe Doyle, Jane Fallon, John Fuzek, Steve Goodie, Mark Gorman, Emily Hahn, Kevin Herchen, Avi Jacob, Jeff Johnstone, Bob Kendall, Terry Kitchen, Russ Lacasse, Mike Laureanno, Joanne Lurgio, Meghan Lynch, Charlie Marie, Kristi Martel, Missy and Jeff, Ed McGuirl, Jordan Miller, Kim Moberg, Christopher Monhollen, Putnam Murdock, Jonathan Perry, Kim Petrarca, W. Richard Johnson, Randy Robbins, Greg Roch, Allison Rose, Mary Ann Rossoni, Ben Shaw, Thomas Signoretti, Joann Svendsen, Nellie Walcoff, and Matt York.

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