Concerts at the Purple People Bridge

The spring/summer concert series known as Party on the Purple is set to return to Newport’s Purple People Bridge.

The first free party arrives Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m.

The weekly series includes live music, food trucks, beer, wine, and spirits each Wednesday through August 7.

New this year are themed parties, such as Kentucky Derby Night, 80’s Night, Dog Night, and more. As in past years, the Party on the Purple will run from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

“For the third year in a row, Party on the Purple is the region’s signature Wednesday night event,” said Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners and chairman of the Newport Southbank Bridge Company.

“We are proud once again work with ColdIron Events to bring our community on both sides of the river to the Purple People Bridge for a weekly party over the river that’s not only fun, but provides funding support for our bridge in the process.”

“Party on the Purple is gearing up for its wildly successful 3rd year and we are excited for the addition of our theme nights.” said Marc Wertheim, Event Producer and President/CEO of ColdIron Enterprises Inc. “We can’t think of a better way to break up the monotony of the week than live music, cold drinks and friends on the bridge.”

A portion of funds generated from food and drink sales during the weekly events go toward painting and maintaining the historic pedestrian-only bridge. The nonprofit organization is trying to raise $1 million to repaint the bridge and make other capital improvements to it.

The following is the theme, band and food truck schedule for the first 9 weeks:

  • Wednesday, May 1 – Kentucky Derby Night
      • Band – Stays in Vegas
      • Donato’s Pizza, Laura’s BBQ
  • Wednesday, May 8 – 80’s Night
      • Band – The Whammies
      • Donato’s Pizza, Marty’s Waffles
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Chicago/Cincinnati Baseball Night
      • Band – Dangerous Jim and The Slims
      • Glier’s Goetta, Donato’s Pizza
  • Wednesday, May 22 – Taste of Cincinnati Preview Theme (tentative)
      • Band – Roadtrip
      • Sunnyside Brunch, Donato’s Pizza
  • Wednesday, May 29 – Dog Night (bring your furry friend)
      • Band – Dog House
      • U Lucky Dog, Donato’s Pizza
  • Wednesday, June 5 – Mardi Gras Night
      • Band – Robin Lacy & DeZydeco
      • Donato’s Pizza, TBA
  • Wednesday, June 12- Italian Fest Night
      • Band – Marsha Brady
      • Donato’s Pizza, TBA
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Pride Night
      • Band – Trailer Park Floosies
      • Donato’s Pizza, TBA
  • Wednesday, June 26 – Ladies Night
      • Band – The Everyday People Band
      • Donato’s Pizza, TBA