PVDFest

ABOUT PVDFEST
JUNE 2-5, 2016

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island.

Afro-Cuban All Stars

AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS

The 17-piece Afro-Cuban All Stars are a dream team of Cuba’s hottest musicians. Musical director Juan de Marcos González, who arranged the famed Buena Vista Social Club, leads a multi-generational line-up drawn from some of the island’s most beloved bands.

Close-Act Theatre

CLOSE-ACT THEATRE

The biggest beasts that ever walked the earth stomp their way through Downtown Providence as Close-Act Theatre, a multi-disciplinary street theater company from the Netherlands, makes its East Coast debut with Saurus.

Lakou Mizik

LAKOU MIZIK

A rich musical stew of Vodou chants and drumming, Rara horns fashioned from sheet metal, Carnevale rhythms, gospel ballads, and folk songs that is hard to describe, but easy to love.

Opening Night Party–PVDFest 2016

OPENING NIGHT PARTY–PVDFEST 2016

Be a champion for the arts in Providence! Help to kick off Providence’s cultural event of the year, enjoy downtown bites and celebrate the arts.

Rocky Dawuni

ROCKY DAWUNI

Rocky Dawuni is a truly unique force in music: he was named one of “Africa’s Top 10 Global Stars” by CNN and was the first artist from Ghana ever nominated for a GRAMMY Award.

Newpoli

NEWPOLI

Newpoli carries on a tradition so old that it’s hard to date, performing music from the south of Italy that soaks up the diverse influences of surrounding regions.

Chachi Carvalho

CHACHI CARVALHO

Chachi Carvalho has established himself as one of the most prolific and enduring local rappers, with positive messages that have made him a fan favorite.

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Red Baraat

RED BARAAT

Bhangra funk is the explosive, multicultural dance music of the next generation and Red Baraat are its undisputed kings.

Sidy Maiga and AfriManding

SIDY MAIGA AND AFRIMANDING

In the hands of master drummer Sidy Maiga the djembe does not just beat—it sings, shouts, whispers, laughs, cries, and electrifies.

Plena Libre

PLENA LIBRE

Plena and bomba are distinctive musical styles of Puerto Rico, and the virtuoso musicians of Plena Libre are their contemporary masters.

DÖPPELGANGER DANCE COLLECTIVE

DÖPPELGANGER DANCE COLLECTIVE

Two is better than one when Rhode Island’s own Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) takes the stage. Co-founding dancers Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson were drawn together to foster the creation and performance of original, contemporary choreographic work for duet.

Arc Iris

ARC IRIS

Arc Iris’ music is fiercely bold and experimental, yet retains enough folk/pop DNA to be immediately recognizable as something accessible and compelling.

Grupo Afincao

GRUPO AFINCAO

Grupo Afincao uses merengue and salsa to speak to a new generation of listeners.

Daniel Bernard Roumain

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN

A Harlem composer on a unique musical journey combines signature violin sounds with electronica and urban influences to create something entirely his own

Salsa y Gaitas

SALSA Y GAITAS

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.

ERB

EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION BAND

An open band of brass, reeds and drums, there are over 30 musicians and dancers in the ERB family. Their musical influences range from New Orleans jazz to Middle Eastern klezmer, Spanish revolutionary songs to funk, rhythm & blues.

The Paul Murphy Touring Ensemble

THE PAUL MURPHY TOURING ENSEMBLE

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School take the stage at PVDFest in the form of the Paul Murphy Touring Ensemble, an elite group of high school musicians from all over the state. These inspiring young talents play a mix of contemporary jazz and original compositions with a depth of musical sophistication well beyond their years.