The shift of seasons doesn’t mean the end of live Woonsocket music! Coming to you weekly this fall is our five-week Millrace Music Series-funded in part by the Rhode Island Commerce, Citizens Bank, and LISC Rhode Island!
This series is outdoor, family-friendly and FREE–because you all know by now that this is how we roll! Held from Friday, October 21 through Friday November 11, music enthusiasts can enjoy live music on the patio while sampling wood-fired pizza from Pizza Magic or stop by a local restaurant to bring your own!
“All of us in High Planes are very happy to return to Woonsocket for the 2022 Millrace Music Series,” said NWBRV Deputy Director and High Planes member Christian Caldarone. “The patio is a terrific place to play against the backdrop of such a beautiful building enriched by art installations and the great light scheme. It is an honor to be part of the continued rehabilitation of River Island Park.”
Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street. Kitchen members, who rent the kitchen by the hour while also utilizing cooler and/or dry storage, are given the opportunity to showcase what makes their food business startup special and unique.
“The NeighborWorks incubator/commissary kitchen space is rented by a wide variety of talented culinary entrepreneurs,” former Millrace Kitchen Manager Tracey Belliveau explained. “This setup allows members to build their client base without having to purchase large equipment or their own brick and mortar store.”
We’re honored to share our multifaceted Millrace Kitchen and Patio space with you all! We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to area partners, LISC, RI Commerce and Citizens Bank. Without their generosity and involvement, opportunities like this wouldn’t be possible.
All shows held on the heated Millrace Patio (40 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI) from 6pm – 8pm. In the event of rain, the show will move indoors.
October 21: The Kicking Brass Band & Downtown 80’s Beer Crawl
Our kick-off to the Millrace Music Series combines the best of free, live music and supporting our local businesses. Put on your best 80’s dress, get your passport (provided at all locations) stamped by LOPS, PAPO’s, CIRO’s & RIVER FALLS from 12-6pm and finish at the Millrace Kitchen from 6-8pm for the chance to win great prizes, enjoy delicious food from Cuffs Counter and rock out to the Kicking Brass Band, Rhode Island’s loudest, craziest brass band! While we know Rhode Islanders don’t always love walking, note that all of the locations are within reasonable walking distance.
October 28: High Planes
Join us for some live music from High Planes! Top it off with some delicious food for purchase from Pizza Magic or surrounding carry-out businesses. As it’s Halloween Weekend, everyone is encouraged to costume it up! Prizes will be awarded during intermission. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks!
Since the band’s start in 2016 and debut release, Mayday, the following year, High Planes has evolved away from traditional bluegrass instrumentation to include an expanded lineup and a broadened repertoire that varies from beautiful, quiet finger-picked pieces to rolling country songs. We can’t think of a better band to celebrate Halloween with!
November 4: Kali Loops
Join us for some live music from Kali Loops! Enjoy the show with some delicious food for purchase from Pizza Magic or stop by one of our fabulous surrounding businesses. Kali Stoddard-Imari is a Boston based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Looping Artist. Born and raised in the North East Kindom of Vermont, Kali creates a Folk Pop, Rhythm & Rock vibe with hints of Roots Rock, Blues, Reggae Fusion, and Soul. He has traveled cross country and thousands of miles to perform, and we can’t wait to host him on the Millrace Patio!
November 11: Lisa Bello & Special Reception w/ RiverzEdge
Join us for some live music from Lisa Bello while celebrating the teen artists from RiverzedgeARTS who created “The Blackstone meets Main Street” light installation.
Lisa Bello, an award-winning R&B singer-songwriter who infuses her performances with the soul, swagger, and depth of feeling that encompass the East-Coast, is the ideal headliner for an inevitably inspired Friday night! Finish out your Friday with some delicious food for purchase from Pizza Magic or surrounding carry-out businesses.
We’re honored to partner with our friends at Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley to make the opening reception of ‘The Blackstone Meets Main Street’ an incredible event for our community and visitors here in Woonsocket. ‘The Blackstone Meets Main Street’ is about taking pride in our city and treasuring the rich history and future we create when people and places work together. And thanks to NeighborWorks, our opening reception as part of the Millrace Music Series will be a true celebration of Woonsocket by and for the people who live here.”Geo Darrow, Communications and Development, Riverzedge Arts
November 18: Alexus Lee
Join us for our final night with music from Alexus Lee! What a way to wrap up the fall with this fabulous artist! Top off our series finale by sampling Pizza Magic’s amazing menu, or enjoying one of our many local carry-out restaurants!