The group that runs the famed Newport jazz and folk festivals is expanding.

The group that runs the famed Newport jazz and folk festivals is expanding.

The Newport Festivals Foundation has acquired Bridgefest, which spans the week between the folk and jazz festivals. Organizers say they hope to add local music and some bigger names to the weekday festival and give music lovers reason to stay in Newport for the week.

Jill Davidson, festival director for the folk and jazz festivals, says they hope to expand the festival over the coming years and to make it more of a weeklong celebration.

The three-day Newport Folk Festival starts Friday and features acts including Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes, Elvis Costello and Flight of the Conchords. The following weekend, Chick Corea, Norah Jones and Angélique Kidjo headline the jazz fest.