Co-presented by FirstWorks and Roger Williams Park Conservancy

Our pop-up concert series at Roger Williams Park continues this fall with a spirit-lifting line-up in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Following the success of our (safely-distanced) summer launch, we’re thrilled to curate a new series of live arts experiences spanning a world of styles, from salsa and French Cajun to West African kora and indigenous jazz.

Grab a lawn chair (or blanket) and enjoy extraordinary artists from the well-spaced painted viewing circles on the Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn, weekly starting in mid-September. Check out our line-up below, and stay tuned for schedule announcements.

Featured Artists

A Black man in African dress playing a string instrument on a stage and singing into a microphoneYACOUBA DIABATE • 9/19, 4 PM | Roger Williams Park Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn [map]

Descending from a long lineage of prominent musicians, Yacouba Diabate brings the virtuosic traditions of the griot, or West African troubadour, to today’s audiences. A pupil of legendary Kora master Toumani Diabate, Yacouba’s versatility as a kora player has led him from his native Burkina Faso to perform across Europe and the United States, including for the United Nations in 2008 and 2009. An accomplished craftsman of instruments as well as a musician, Yacouba incorporates the traditional griot role of oral historian and purveyor of local lore into his work.

Photo by Daniel Falgerho

A Black man in a black suit jacket, red shirt and glasses leans on hand drumsJESÚS ANDUJAR • 9/27, 4 PM | Roger Williams Park Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn [map]

A jack of all percussionist trades, Jesús Andujar’s Latin Jazz is a jaunt through the Spanish Caribbean. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-cha, Calypso – Andujar plays them all, and is often accompanied by his band Grupo Sazón. Get ready to move to the warm weather rhythms of Andujar’s drums brought here to our Rhode Island fall!

A woman with a violin, a woman with an acoustic guitar and a man with an accordion playing music together outsideMINI-MAGNOLIA CAJUN BAND • 10/4, 4 PM | Roger Williams Park Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn [map]

Affectionately nicknamed New England’s hometown Cajun band, Magnolia has been playing foot-stomping and toe-tapping traditional Cajun music for over 30 years. With their signature high energy two steps and sultry waltzes, the “Mini-Magnolia” trio’s fiddle, accordion, guitar, and soulful French vocals keep audiences smiling and their feet moving in any setting. Make your own Mini-Magnolia mini dance floor from the socially spaced circles on the Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn!

A man with long grey hair playing a wooden flute with his eyes closedMIXASHAWN • NEW RAIN DATE 10/18, 2 PM | Roger Williams Park Dalrymple Boathouse Lawn [map]

Lee Mixashawn Rozie is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician whose career in traditional and contemporary Indigenous music spans three decades. Combining ancient cultural principles and harmonic adventures, Mixashawn lights up the connecting waves that unfold between and around us, revealing universal qualities of our shared world. Sets at 2:00 and 2:45 PM. Land acknowledgment by Lorén Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum.

New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Western Arts Alliance, Advancing Indigenous Performance

Mixashawn’s appearance is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Supported [in part] by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Additional thanks to our Earth First supporters: National Grid, CDQ Charitable Trust, and Nordson Corporation Foundation

*Dates and times subject to change – rain dates will be announced
FirstWorks: Connecting art with audiencesRoger Williams Park Conservancy

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