Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

International Rebels

INTERNATIONAL REBELS

Rhode Island’s favorite hometown rapper joins forces with our own master of rhythm for a very special PVDFest performance. Chachi Carvalho and Sidy Maiga are the International Rebels. Combining Chachi’s poignant lyricism and positive hip-hop vibes with Sidy’s polyrhythms and propulsive energy, this special collaboration is sure to get the party started.

Betty Bonifassi

BETTY BONIFASSI

Montreal’s Betty Bonafassi is a true musical traveler, using her deep, booming voice to explore everything from jazz to electronic to American roots music. Her latest album, “Lomax”, revisits the turn-of-the-century slave songs recorded by famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Mixing modern electronics with early Delta roots and her signature contralto vocals, “Lomax” is Betty’s tour de force.

Bettye LaVette

BETTYE LAVETTE

Bettye LaVette is a true legend of blues and soul with a career spanning more than 50 years – but it’s only within the last decade that she has truly earned recognition as one of America’s finest vocal talents. Huffington Post dubbed her “the High Priestess of R&B.”

Aurelio Martinez

AURELIO MARTINEZ

One of Honduras’ most gifted performers, Aurelio is a singer-songwriter known for his powerful and evocative voice, as well as a brilliant guitarist and percussionist.
Cranston Street Armory silkscreen by Walker Mettling

Armory Animated by Art

ARMORY ANIMATED BY ART

Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood.

Doppelganger Dance Collective

DOPPELGÄNGER 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.

PVDFEST 2017

PVDFEST 2017
FIRSTWORKS ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks

ETIENNE CHARLES

ETIENNE CHARLES

This young jazz master from Trinidad defies easy categorization – a student of pan-Caribbean music, as fluent in the horn riffs of New Orleans brass as he is the Spanish rhythms of the islands.

LAS CAFETERAS

LAS CAFETERAS

If Mexican folk music and pounding Afro-Caribbean rhythms met on the streets of East Los Angeles, what would happen? The answer is Las Cafeteras, one of the hottest young bands in alternative Latin music.