NWBRV hosts FREE 10-week summer concert series, Friday nights from June 29th – August 31st. Head on down to River Island Art Park (95 Bernon Street, Woonsocket) for a foot-tapping, hand clapping, good time.
- 5:00 pm – Park Opens
- 6:00 pm – Opening Act Begins
- 6:30 pm – On the Move Fitness presented by BCBSRI
- 7:00 pm – Headliner
- 9:00 pm – Event Concludes
Each week features a cash bar by Ciro’s Tavern, rotating food vendor, and unique intermission fitness activity. Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend, a cooler of snacks and non alcoholic beverages, a blanket or lawn chairs, and to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
8/10 – Bassel & the Supernaturals (Neo Soul & Funk): Syrian heart, Chicago soul. Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others.
8/17 – Kevin Burt & the Tayor Brothers Band (Blues): “Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy” (bfburt.com). 2018 International Blues Challenge winner.
8/24 – Quincy Mumford (Pop): “Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy’s music possesses the same “feel good” attitude that the young man himself does. This forthcoming album produced by Michael Ghegan, establishes Quincy Mumford as an “Artist to Watch” in 2018” (quincymumford.com/about).
8/31 – Boo City (Soul, rock, R&B): “Boo City’s music is energetic, whimsical, fun, melodic and edgy all at once. This talented group of musicians are on track to embody a fresh sound in Providence RI and American music” (Boo City Facebook Page)
6/29 – Low Down Brass Band (Big Brass/Hip Hop): “Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), hailing from Chicago, is a horn-driven ensemble with strong roots in the New Orleans Second Line Tradition…While taking a page from the jazz and blues giants of the past, LDB melds modern funk, hip-hop, reggae and pop into a unique style. Always a party, Lowdown forges new ground with original compositions that create a high-energy deluge of danceability!” (LowDown Brass Band Facebook Page).
7/6 – EhShawnee (Salsa): Born in the Dominican Republic, This Providence-based performer has made her way on the Latin scene. With performances on popular TV shows “El Mismo Golpe” and “Divertido con Jochy,” Shawnee has quite the following. Known for her original Salsa and Merengue numbers, Shawnee tours throughout New England and the DR.
7/13 – Steve Smith and the Naked Truth (Rhythm & blues): Nothing says Rhode Island like Steve Smith and the Nakeds. With a 45 year musical history in the state, and a well-earned position in the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, The Naked were the first band to sign on for the series, excited to play their music and give back to the community. Though known for their covers, this show will feature their original songs. “The ten-man unit consists of a four-piece rhythm section, a five piece brass section, and it’s lead vocalist, Steve Smith” (Steve Smith and the Nakeds Facebook Page).
7/20 – HuDost (French Folk & Rock): “The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invokes total celebration” (HuDost Facebook Page). HuDost performs songs in both French and English and will be highlighting their French Canadian heritage as part of their performances.
7/27 – The Mallett Brothers Band (Alt Country): “With a style that can ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds” (mallettbrothersban.com/band).
8/3 – Adaawe (World Music): “ADAAWE is seven scintillating women, creating a fusion of African music, R&B/pop vocals, jazz-funk, Latin and Reggae, steeped in Gospel harmonies. Adaawe comprises gospel choir direction, modern dance choreography, actors and arts educators, in addition to showcasing with an extensive variety of world-class artists. Based in Los Angeles, CA., these well-skilled musicians originate from Kenya, Morocco, Israel, Panama and across the United States” (adaawemusic.com/about).
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The Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series is made possible by the generous support of Levitt Foundation, City of Woonsocket, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, Bank of America, LISC Rhode Island, Representative Michael Morin, Ciro’s Tavern, The Pomodoro, Soucy Insurance Agency, Michaud Auto Body, Citizens Bank, The Washington Trust Company, Santander Bank US, Nation Wide Construction Corp. Tyra Club, United Way of Rhode Island, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, O Hearne Associates, Olly’s Pizzeria, Peking Tokyo, River Falls Restaurant, The Art Den, Original House of Pizza, Bugg’d Out BBQ, Woonsocket Radio WOON 1240, WNRI 1380 AM, American Legion Post 85, Twin River Casino, Energy Geeks
“The Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org.“