The American Band is a symphonic concert band comprised of over 50 adult musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. The band has a long and colorful history extending back to 1837, making the American Band one of the oldest continuously active bands in the United States. Their repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band.
Latin jazz master, trumpet player, vocalist and bandleader, Carlos de Leon has been playing music professionally for over 30 years. He arrived in New York City from the Dominican Republic in 1964 at the time when this music world, Latin jazz/Afro-Cuban, was giving birth to the global dance phenomenon called Salsa. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he played with such Latin jazz luminaries as Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. De Leon moved to Providence in 1989, bringing his powerful interpretation of the Latin jazz tradition to New England. He and his orchestra offer a sizzling performance of Latin jazz that often incorporates the grooves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, son, and other Latin dance music.
We are so pleased that Duke Robillard and his band will be able to join us again this summer, as they have been touring with Bob Dylan’s Neverending tour. Since 1980, Duke has recorded 20 acclaimed solo albums and toured the world both with his own band and also as Jimmie Ray Vaughan's replacement in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In addition to his own recordings, Duke has played on and/or produced albums by Bob Dylan (1997's Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind), Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, Kim Wilson, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, John Hammond, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon, Billy Boy Arnold, Snooky Pryor and many more. Called "one of the great players" by the legendary B.B. King, Duke's upbeat live show is a tasteful display of a wide variety of blues styles, and is great to dance to!
Singer/songwriter/cornetist Al Basile released At Home Next Door, a special two-CD set from the former member of the legendary Roomful of Blues that includes both an album of all-new songs done in a ‘60s Memphis style, as well as a 14-track retrospective of his earlier works on his own Sweetspot Records label. This is the ninth Duke Robillard-produced album from two-time Blues Music Award nominee Basile.
Since 1989, Magnolia has been New England's hometown Cajun band. Learning their music form Louisiana's finest, has earned them a solid reputation at home and recognition in the Cajun heartland. Their dance lessons and music have helped build a strong sense of community at festivals and fais-do-dos all over Northeast. Playing high energy two steps and sultry waltzes, the band's twin fiddles, accordion, guitar, bass and of course, rich vocals keep the audience on its feet long into the night.
New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Looking forward to their 29th anniversary in 2012, Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon's music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on the John Brown House Museum lawn, 52 Power Street, Providence. Concert goers can enjoy their own picnic, or purchase food and beverages on site.
Free for RIHS members and children under 12.
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