Celebrate Providence 2015

Celebrate Providence! 2015 Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

Complete Schedule of Events

Providence, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Partnership for Providence Parks are pleased to announce the Celebrate Providence! 2015 Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.  From music and dance to storytelling in the park, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative showcases the art of local neighborhoods in city parks throughout the summer.  All events are free and open to the public.

Friends of Brown Street Park will bring their Summer Concert Series to Brown Street Park (behind Hope High School) on select Wednesdays (July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September  3) throughout the summer will all performances beginning at 5:30pm. Nickel Jukebox kicks the Summer Concert Series off on July 1 from 5:30pm-7:30pm with their blend of Motown Funk. On July 15, Art Rock will take over for energetic and daring tunes by Roz & The Rice Cakes. Providence favorites Ragged Company will perform on July 29 to bring the community back to its roots. Brown Street Park will finish up their concert series with Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch on August 12 to end the summer season with an alt-country rock sound. Noble Knots and Whole Foods Market University Heights will be working with Friends of Brown Street Park to have snacks and beverages for sale at all concerts. 

New Urban Arts and the Providence Poetry Slam present the ProvSlam Youth Team at Sackett Street Park on July 2 at 4:30pm. Come support the team of 5 young, talented poets and give them a live audience before the team flies out to Atlanta, GA for Brave New Voices, the largest youth slam poetry competition in the country.  This performance repeats at Donigian Park (Valley Street) on Thursday, July 9 at 4:30pm

Opera Providence presents Opera in the Park at Hopkins Square (intersection of Charles Street & Branch Avenue) on three consecutive Sundays in July (July 5, July 12, July 19). The first performance on July 5 will feature work from George Gershwin’s for a musical-like, upbeat opera experiences. On July 12 Hopkins Square will be lifted by the high voices of Arias from Famous Operas and to wrap up Opera in the Park, Italian Opera hits will fill the air on July 19. All performances run from 5:00pm-6:30pm. 

Community Health Innovations presents the Billy Taylor Performance Series at Billy Taylor Park (Camp & Cypress Streets) on two Tuesdays in July (July 7 and July 21). From 5:30pm-7:30pm on July 7, Everett’s hip-hop group Case Closed takes to the park with The Stage is Yours.  On July 21, the “power of words” fills the air with storytelling and spoken word by Valerie Tutson and James Monteiro. 

Elmhurst’s Clean & Green presents the Fargnoli Concert Series on select Tuesdays (July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, and August 25) in Fargnoli Park (Jastram & Smith Streets). Each performance will bring Storytime in the Park with Mt. Pleasant Library from 5:30pm-6pm; concert from 6pm-8pm, and a movie in the park from 8:15pm-9:30pm. July 7 will feature the well-known Providence West African drumming group Sidy Maiga + Band; July 14 will bring Cajun Folk to the park with Magnolia Cajun Band. For a mellow and laid-back summer night, Becky Chase Band will perform on July 21, and July 28 Fargnoli will rock out with The Bad Habits. Be sure to check online for hints on the movie features.  

The West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) presents West Side Thursdays at Dexter Park (Parade Street between Westminster & Cranston Streets) on consecutive dates (July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30) from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  West Side Thursdays will begin on July 9 with Billy Harley, a master storyteller who will be sharing comic narrative songs and spoken works, among art projects presented by the Feast Church. The series continues on July 16 with Miss Wednesday and the Cotillions, performing a combination of rock, jazz, and blues that will be sure to get you on your feet. There will be something for all ages with the Imagination Playground for kids from West Side Play Space, and beer garden hosted by the Scurvy Dog. As a tribute to folk musician and activist, Pete Seeger, Sally Rogers and the Last Time String Band will perform amidst activities hosted by the Children’s Museum and an E&O Tap beer garden on July 23. West Side Thursdays comes to an end on July 30 with Kim Trusty and Band sharing blues, gospe
l and bubbles for kids from the Feast Church, and a beer garden hosted by Revival Brewing Company. 

The Manton Avenue Project takes over Riverside Park (Aleppo Street off Manton Avenue) on Wednesday, July 22 beginning at 4:30pm with the Public Park Plays series. The plays being featured are titled: The Two Best Friends, by Jonathan Santos, and The Egg Stealer by Miguel Pena. 

ECAS Theatre brings performances of all kinds to Roger Williams Park (Broad Street Entrance) on three consecutive Tuesdays (August 4, August 11, August 18) beginning at 4:00pm. August 4 will be a showcase of spoken word and poetry performances from Sussy Santana, Marleny Luna, Franklin Solano and the Youth Recital. Theater and dance will surround Roger Williams Park on August 11 for a theater performance by Don Quixote in America, and a beautiful youth dance by the Arcoiris Dance Group. To wrap up summer in Roger Williams Park, Cesar Santana and Acordia will showcase his Dominican roots and versatile musical performance on August 18. 

West Elmwood Housing brings three events to Bucklin Park (109 Bucklin Street). On July 21 We Be Jammin’ brings music and dance to the West Side, and on August 19 a West Side Field Day starts the Football practice season, and activates the park to remind the neighborhood that the start of the school year doesn’t mean the end of fun things to do at Bucklin Park.  

Family Service of RI’s Providence Children’s Initiative brings a series of neighborhood block parties to Harriet & Sayles Park (Harriet & Sayles Streets) on consecutive Thursdays (August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27) all beginning at 5:30pm. The block parties will feature entertainment, activities, and vendors to bring the neighborhood together and outside for the summer season! 

The Manton Avenue Project comes to Wallace Street Playground on August 12, continuing their Public Park Plays series with The Cairn of Snow Melt Park by Tristan Miller and Don’t Destroy It! By Rosemarlyn Dokyi beginning at 4:30pm. 

The Summit Neighborhood Association brings the annual Summit Music Festival to Lippitt Park (Hope Street) on Saturday, August 15 beginning at 10:00am. The festival will feature live music, great eats, a beer garden sponsored by Trinity Brewhouse, crafts and more! Musical guests include Red Baraat, Smith & Weeden, Dr. Jones & The Shiners, Emeline Easton, and Johnny Lingo to name a few. Providence food favorites like Poco Loco, Lotus Pepper, Fugo, and Tricycle will line the streets with culinary delights. 

The Smaller Sights and Sounds program, now in its second year, engages smaller or newer volunteer park groups by transforming their neighborhood parks into community hubs for the arts, healthy living, and play. The additional parks are: Peace & Plenty Park,  Blackstone Park  July 6 and August 20 at 7:00pm, Viscolosi Park July 21, August 4, and August 25 at 5:30pm, Paterson Park July 23 at 6:00pm and August 6 at 5:00pm , and Gladys Potter Park July 30 and August 11 at 5:00pm. All programs will run between July 6 and August 25 inviting well known Providence groups including Project 401, Sidy Maiga, and the RI Philharmonic Jazz Alumni.

The 2015 Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is sponsored by the City of Providence, Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Department of Parks & Recreation, Partnership For Providence Parks and CW28.

(release from City of Providence)