The Creative Capital’s past, present and future merge as WaterFire presents the Gaspee Project at the Providence International Arts Festival. Celebrate the historic burning of the HMS Gaspee at an event that SmarterTravel.com ranked along with the Aurora Borealis as one world’s best after-dark destinations.
Premiering ONE VOICE
Gather at the beating heart of Kennedy Plaza—Providence City Hall – to kick off the first (ever) Providence International Arts Festival. Share in this unforgettable moment as a specially commissioned first work is unveiled and voices raised in song converge from all points of the compass.
Oumou Sangaré featuring Sidy Maiga
OUMOU SANGARÉ featuring SIDY MAIGA
Mali’s great diva & Rhode Island’s own
Oumou Sangaré, or “Sangaré the Songbird,” is a Grammy Award-winning, international star. She teams up with her Malian countryman Sidy Maiga, a Rhode Island-based master drummer in whose hands the djembe sings, laughs, whispers and electrifies.
Pedrito Martinez Group
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
A new chapter in Cuban music history
Martinez is one of the masters of Afro-Cuban drumming, the world’s first-call rumbero, and one of the most exciting bandleaders working in jazz or Latin music today.
Brazil’s BIXIGA 70
BRAZIL’S BIXIGA 70
Afrobeat to get you on your feet!
Showcasing striking, unexpected, and groundbreaking sounds, Bixiga is a brassy afrobeat orchestra bringing together an array of beats from Brazil’s musical palette to create a high-voltage live show that is not to be missed.
An eclectic, eight-piece future-soul outfit
Mixing old school vibes with a forward-thinking sound, Mad Satta recently released its debut album, Comfort, produced by three-time Grammy winner Prince Charles Alexander. Led by the searing, sultry vocals of frontwoman Joanna Teters, this New York band mixes jazz, soul and modern day funk into its own unique blend.
One of the biggest names in local hip-hop
While many rappers prefer to talk about guns and violence, Chachi Carvalho talks about the realities that all of us can relate to: everyday struggles, love for one’s family and a passion for music.
Salsa y Gaitas
SALSA Y GAITAS
Get ready to dance in the streets!
Salsa Y Gaitas is a reflection of Providence present, with 12 members drawn from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic playing a multicultural blend of music from around the Caribbean and Latin America.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
with FirstWorks Arts Learning students
Public school students from Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket and Warwick will play the show of a lifetime when they showcase their jazz steps and chops alongside the musicians of Jazz At Lincoln Center.
One Providence Experience
ONE PROVIDENCE EXPERIENCE
Featuring stars of New England music
Performances by some of the leading lights in local and regional music, including the Low Anthem, Gym Shorts, And the Kids, Ravi Shavi, Medusah Black and more. Curated and produced by the Columbus Cooperative and the Imaginary Company
Coastway Community Bank Cultural Stage
COASTWAY COMMUNITY BANK CULTURAL STAGE
Authentic voices of PVD neighborhoods
While the stars of world music headline the FirstWorks On the Plaza stage, the Coastway Community Cultural Stage will showcase the singing, dancing, theater, storytelling and much more of Providence’s many community and cultural groups.