Don't Stop the Music at Providence Public Libary

Providence Public Library DON'T STOP THE MUSIC Exhibition, Programs & Events Continue through June 30

UPCOMING PROGRAMS/EVENTS (including free live music/concerts in our Grand Hall) LISTING BELOW

COMING NEXT WEEK:

Thursday, April 30 Todne and the Hi Tex     Friday, May 1 Steve Smith and the Nakeds

Sunday, May 3 The Beauty of My Music with Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson

PROVIDENCE, RI
– Providence Public Library (PPL) and Presenting Sponsor Rosalyn Sinclair announce DON'T STOP THE MUSIC! – an exhibition & program series celebrating the history of music in Rhode Island.  PPL's multi-faceted DON'T STOP THE MUSIC exhibition and programs formally begins April 2 with the opening of the in-library exhibit entitled “From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence.”   The exhibit will run through June 30.  In addition, the Library has mounted a web site devoted to the music celebration at PROV.PUB/RIMUSIC (http://tech.pplspc.org/music/index.html).  Detailed program information, as well as continuing additions, can be found here throughout the three-month celebration.

Visitors to the Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) can take in a collaborative exhibition entitled “From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence.”  To celebrate the musical legacy of 20th Century popular music in Providence, the Library is exhibiting items from its Rhode Island Collection along with varied organizational and personal collections, including photographs, scrapbooks, concert programs, posters, stage costumes, albums and more.  The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of multiple organizations, including temporary exhibition panels and other installed materials on loan from the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Federation of Musicians, Dirt Palace, Armageddon Shop, and the private collections of Brian Simmons, Tom Zannini & Erica Saladino, and Sylvia Ann Soares.

Continuing through June, programs and events will include live concerts featuring all genres from jazz to folk to alternative, lectures, classes, workshops, films, family activities and community gatherings around all things musical, including a Rock ‘n' Roll Yard Sale (presented by What Cheer Records & Vintage), which will take place during the citywide Providence International Arts Festival on Saturday, June 13.  The event will feature DJs spinning vinyl and live music by Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, The Nonpareils and more!

Major concerts include a collaborative presentation by the Providence Gay Men's Chorus, which will bring its Spring Concert entitled “Get Happy!” to the PPL from June 4 through June 7.  Legendary Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame rhythm and blues band Steve Smith and the Nakeds will kick off the weekend concert series in the Library's Grand Hall on Friday, May 1.  Other weekend concerts include: Natural Element (Reggae) on Friday, May 8, a one-of-a-kind collaborative performance (outside the Library on Washington Street) by The American Band and the What Cheer Brigade on Saturday, May 9.  (In case of rain, the performance will be held inside, in the Library's Grand Hall.)  The weekend concert series will wrap up on Friday, June 19 with Indie Art rockers Roz and the Rice Cakes and special guests, female fronted Megafauna (from Texas) and Classical Gas! -- the Classical High School Jazz Band.

Additional special events include the performance of musical excerpts from the operetta The Romany Maid by Opera Providence on May 29.  Composed by Providence's John B. Archer in 1912, this operetta was last performed over 100 years ago -- in 1914.  In the musical style of the great composers of the golden era of American operetta, Archer's operetta is a delightful piece with melodic charm and an exotic quality with both Spanish and French musical cultural setting.   Opera Providence will give new life to this work with colorful costuming and setting; a three-piece chamber ensemble will accompany the production with the music adapted from the archival score. 

Find a complete listing of programs, performances and events, including music classes /workshops for all ages, lectures, and a film series, as well as newly added and program & event updates at PROV.PUB/RIMUSIC.

APRIL/MAY/JUNE EVENT LISTING

*Events will be added as scheduled. Check PROV.PUB/RIMUSIC for updates.          

APRIL

Thursday, April 30, 2015  |  6:30 - 8:15 PM

Todne and the Hi Tex

Jazz

Todne and her band play the American Songbook, in the manner of the great Jazz Divas of the 20th century. Two guitars and a bass complete the conversation.

Featuring saxophonist, Rich Lataille of Roomful of Blues fame.

Free & Open to all

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence -- Grand Hall (1st Floor)

MAY

Friday, May 1, 2015  |  8:30 – 12 Midnight

Steve Smith and the Nakeds

Rhythm and Blues

A Rhode Island legend since the ‘70's and 2013 inductee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, Steve Smith and the Nakeds bring their dynamic rhythm and blues to the Grand Hall of Providence Public Library! Event sponsored by Narragansett Beer.

Free - Adults 18+

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence -- Grand Hall (1st Floor)     

Sunday, May 3, 2015  |  2:00 - 3:00 PM

"Honoring the Earth & Each Other" - Music with Christopher Kavi Carbone

Family Learning Sunday

We will be celebrating our relationship to the Natural World with music-making and song for the whole family, in a fun experience of music, song, rhythm, and rhyme. The event is designed to inspire the whole family, so that our reverence and wonder of nature can become a joyous part of each day. 

Christopher Kavi Carbone serves as Director of “Arts-in-Celebration!” based in Newport.

Offering programs in the creative and healing arts for all ages.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Sunday, May 3, 2015  |  6:00 - 8:00 PM     

The Beauty of My Music with Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson

African American Folk Music From Spirituals through Blues to Gospel

A Narrated Concert:  The Beauty of My Music

African American Folk Music From Spirituals through Blues to Gospel Music

Written and adapted by Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson

Featuring Dr. Clarice Laverne Thompson as the Ivory Lady

Becky Bass as Narrator, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn

Paul A. Williams as Sweet Pee Paul Williams, the Blues Man

Lon Plynton on Bass Guitar, Jared Williams on Drums

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence -- Grand Hall (1st Floor)     

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  6:30 - 8:15 PM

History of Vaudeville

Presentation with Lloyd Kaplan

Vaudeville was a widely popular form of entertainment that flourished in the United States from the 1880s to the early 1930s, featuring song, dance, comedy, magic and other "acts" that drew enthusiastic audiences.  Learn about Vaudeville with Lloyd Kaplan, professor of music at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Meeting Room (3rd Floor)     

Friday, May 8, 2015  |  8:30 – 12 Midnight

Natural Element

The Natural Element band brings Reggae vibes infusing all the element of true beat music: Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Afro-Beat.

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Hall (1st Floor)     

Saturday, May 9, 2015  |  12 – 2 PM

Bands on the Block: A Collaboration between The American Band and the What Cheer Brigade

Bands on the Block: A Collaboration between one of the nation's oldest continuing adult community concert bands, The American Band and Providence's 19 piece What Cheer Brigade.

Free 

Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street, Providence – (In case of rain, will be held inside in Library's Grand Hall, 1st Floor)     

Saturday, May 9, 2015  |  7 – 11 PM

Chris Daltry of the 'Mericans/Allysen Callery/John Faraone

Folk/Americana

Night of Folk /Americana Singer-Songwriter Musicians with 

Chris Daltry of the 'Mericans –Record Release Show!  Hear what Chris composed on his recent trip to New Orleans!

Allysen Callery is an alternative folk artist.  Playing with a four-fingered & unique picking pattern, her vocal delivery recalls the haunting style of the late 60s early 70s British Folk Revival.

John Faraone was recently nominated for Best Americana Singer/Songwriter in the Motif Magazine Music Awards.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Balcony     

Bird

Sweet Dreams & Back Beats Film Series (PPL Auditorium) 5:30 – 8:15 PM     

Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  6:30 – 7:30 PM

Folk Song Sing Along with Chris Monti

Chris Monti is a folk singer, musician and bandleader. He performs solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica and with a number of different musical groups including The Chris Monti Band, Big Biscuit and The Rank Strangers.

Chris will lead the audience in singing a collection of American Folk songs. No previous singing or musical experience is necessary.  Chris will provide the lyrics to all the songs we will be singing. Participants of all ages (including children) are welcome.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Meeting Room, 3rd Floor

Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  7 – 8:15 PM

In the Mood-- A Time Capsule of Classics from 1939

Join Valerie Anastasio and Tim Harbold in celebrating the classic songs of 1939.  Featured songwriters include Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Warren, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, whose songs were introduced by some of the era's best-loved artists, including Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman.

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Hall (1st Floor)

Saturday, May 16, 2015  |  6 – 8 PM     

Community MusicWorks Experimental Music Concert

Community MusicWorks Experimental Music Concert featuring CMW resident musicians and MediaLab student projects.

Media Lab is a CMW initiative designed to expose students to non-traditional music making as well as audio and visual media skills.  Media Lab classes have resulted in site-specific installations, handmade publications, video screenings, and an annual experimental music concert that pairs students with local composers.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Ship Room, 1st Floor

Monday, May 18, 2015  |  6:30 – 8 PM     

A Treasure of Musical Gems: Selections from the Great American Songbook

Featuring Jazz pianist Rod Luther

Jazz pianist Rod Luther presents a program of great songs including show tunes, jazz standards, blues, African-American spirituals, and few surprises by Rhode Island composers.

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Hall (1st Floor)

Thursday, May 21, 2015  |  6:30 – 8:15 PM     

"Ellingtonia" with Tish Adams

Blues/Jazz

SONGS OF DUKE ELLINGTON featuring...THE TISH ADAMS QUARTET

Vocalist, Tish Adams is a favorite on New England's live music ‘scene.' She has a compelling stage presence and an extensive repertoire of time-honored Standards

JOHN FUNKHOUSER – piano, KEALA KAUMEHEIWA – bass, MIKE CONNORS – drums

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Hall (1st Floor)     

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  8 – 12 Midnight

Beta Motel

Electronic/Alternative dance

Based in Providence, Beta Motel is a three-piece hybrid band with members Ryan Potter – synths, etc., Mark Montalto – guitars, etc. and Joshua Kemp – vocals, etc.

Free 

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence - Grand Hall (1st Floor)

Thursday, May 28, 2015  |  6:30 – 7:30 PM

Introductory Harmonica Lesson with Chris Monti

Chris Monti is a folk-singer, musician and bandleader. He performs solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica and with a number of different musical groups including The Chris Monti Band, Big Biscuit and The Rank Strangers. Chris is a self taught folk and blues harmonica player, but he has learned a lot from local harmonica masters Chris Turner and Paul Geremia.

Chris will give an introductory harmonica lesson. No previous musical experience is necessary. Participants are asked to bring a “C” harmonica. Harmonicas will also be available for sale at the lesson.

Free

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Meeting Room, 3rd Floor

Friday, May 29, 2015  |  7 – 9 PM     

The Romany Maid - Operetta performed by Opera Providence

Opera Providence offers a performance of musical excerpts from the operetta The Romany Maid, last performed over 100 years ago!  In the musical style of the great composers of the golden era of American operetta: Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert, Providence composer, John B. Archer's operetta is a delightful piece with melodic charm and an exotic quality with both a Spanish and French musical cultural setting.   Opera Providence will give new life to this work from 1914 with colorful costuming and setting in the library's auditorium theater.  A three-piece chamber ensemble accompany the production with the music adapted from the archival score.

Cost: $10

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence – Auditorium, 3rd Floor

JUNE

1    Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams & Back Beats Film Series

4    Providence Gay Men's Chorus Spring Concert: Get Happy!

Choral ensemble

5    Providence Gay Men's Chorus Spring Concert: Get Happy!

PPL benefit concert

6    Making Music

Family Learning Saturday

6    Providence Gay Men's Chorus Spring Concert: Get Happy!

Choral ensemble

7    Providence Gay Men's Chorus Spring Concert: Get Happy!

Choral ensemble

8    Ray

Sweet Dreams & Back Beats Film Series

13    Providence Rock and Roll Yard Sale

Featuring DJs spinning vinyl and live music by Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, The Nonpareils + More!

Presented by What Cheer Records + Vintage

19    Roz & the Rice Cakes

With special guests, Megafauna, and the The Classical High School Jazz Band: Classical Gas! 

23    Micah Salkind

Providence Public Library Fellow presentation

(release from Providence Public Library)