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Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

FELLSWATER

Call in your reservations for our January 12 show with Fellswater to 401-725-9272.

Fellswater is a dynamic Celtic music ensemble based out of Boston playing a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions, drawing from the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Fellswater has delighted audiences at the New Hampshire Highland Games, Maine Highland Games, Colonial Williamsburg, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (2015), the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2018). The band has released three well-received albums, "Fellswater," in 2010, "Thursday Night," in 2013 and "Skipping Stones" in 2018. Fellswater's show at Blackstone River Theatre will be filmed for future use by the band (excerpts only for professional videos; it will NOT be broadcast live.) We hope YOU can come out and be part of this exciting experience. The 8-piece band features David Cabral on cello, Kyle Forsthoff on bodhran and percussion, Elizabeth Ketudat on fiddle and Hardanger fiddle, Jim MacConduibh on acoustic bass guitar, Sarah MacConduibh on Irish flute, whistles and fife, Andrew McIntosh on Scottish smallpipes and border pipes, Chris Myers on vocals, guitar, and octave mandolin and Diane Myers on vocals.

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

NEON VALLEY BOYS – YES! The show is on!

YES THE SHOW WILL GO ON TONIGHT! We will end by 10:15 PM at the latest! Call in your reservations for our January 19 show with The Neon Valley Boys to 401-725-9272. ONLY 20 LEFT AS OF 3:15 P.M.

The Neon Valley Boys will reunite 40 years after making a huge splash on the New England Bluegrass scene in the '70s and '80s. Returning to the Blackstone River Theatre for the first time since 2004, they will revisit their bluegrass hits and unique brand of hilarity in an evening of incredible picking and grinning. Even after forty years, they are still speaking to each other and are as nimble as ever at presenting original and classic bluegrass favorites. It promises to be an evening of toe tapping, laughter, and memories as one of the area’s favorite bands. This progressive bluegrass band was formed in Providence in the late 1970s. The Neon Valley Boys is comprised of Mike Bresler (mandolin), Eddie Stern (banjo), Jeffrey Horton (bass), Karl Dennis (fiddle) and Paul Mellyn (guitar). Mike, Ed, Karl and Jeff were original members of the group when it was formed in the late 70’s. Paul later replaced Ray “Wyatt” Lema. The “Neons” played continuously until 1986, touring throughout New England and beyond. They were regulars at The Met Café, played the first seven years of the Cajun and Bluegrass Festival, and performed at many other local and regional venues. All have continued to be close friends and share a fan base which lasts even until today. Don't miss an incredible evening of music, laughs and memories!

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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KIM TRUSTY and KERRI POWERS

Call in your reservations for our January 26 show with Kim Trusty and Kerri Powers to 401-725-9272.

Kim Trusty hails from Media, Pennsylvania. Her foray into songwriting started at a young age and eventually brought her to New England to study songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where she was referred to as “the girl with the golden voice.” She has spent the last three decades residing in Providence, refining her musical skills, crafting and branding her own style of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. She has performed as an actress playing the role of Rosue in When Mahalia Sings from 2010-2012. She is currently is working with a screenwriter to tell her amazing story as a black lesbian artist, educator, stroke and cancer survivor. Through it all, Kim has carried on, rising from each fall a little stronger to bring us music that inspires and heals.

 

Drenched in the emotions of blues, folk and country music, the extraordinary roots singer/songwriter Kerri Powers uses her dramatically dark and beautiful voice to mine the melancholy depths of romantic heartbreak and broken dreams in the edgy narratives of her songs. A native of rural Massachusetts, Powers sings the blues with such authentic, downhome grit that you might well think she's from Mississippi. Besides being a consummate chronicler of disappointment and despair, she can also morph into an impishly naughty rebel with a cause, a Mark Twain-like trickster whose wry words, dramatic sense of dynamics and phrasing can also celebrate joy and hope. Her new CD is called "Starseeds." Kerri will be joined by drummer Marco Giovino who is Robert Plant's drummer and Tom Jones' Music Director. Says John Apice, of No Depression, “I don’t know where this young lady came from but it’s got to be a secret place. This is not the kind of singing and performing that can be easily taught. It has to be in your spirit, in your blood and the fact that she is from the Northeast is going to confound the artists down South, in the Delta, in Memphis, Clarksdale, Austin, and Nashville.”

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

QUINN BACHAND'S BRISHEN

Call in your reservations for our February 2 show with Quinn Bachand's Brishen to 401-725-9272.

Brishen, Romany for ‘bringer of the storm,’ is what Quinn Bachand, one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians, and his band serve up with their original western and euro-gypsy swing homage. With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen takes audiences on an inventive journey which, through its technical virtuosity, brings together a range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country, celebrating the music of the ‘30s up to and including the ‘60s. Brishen creates a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving audiences with a sense of jubilant nostalgia as they give new life to the music of Bob Wills, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and many more. Quinn Bachand, 23, who is a Berklee Presidential Scholar, is Winner 2018 Independent Music Awards (Jazz Song with Vocals), has been nominated for 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards and for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards (Jazz Artist of the Year) and is a Saga Djangofest Award Winner. Acclaimed American jazz and bluegrass violinist and roots music expert Matt Glaser says:  “Welcome to the visionary musical world of Quinn Bachand. I was flabbergasted when I put on this recording for the first time, and you will be too, as you take a journey into the wild imagination of Quinn ... sit back, enjoy and let this amazing music wash over you." 

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Saturday, February 09, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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YACOUBA DIABATE / CHRIS MONTI TRIO

Call in your reservations for our February 9 show with Yacouba Diabate and the Chris Monti Trio to 401-725-9272.

Yacouba Diabate is a master Kora player born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians and as a young adult, Yacouba studied the Kora in Mali with renown Kora master, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells traditional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. In the past, Yacouba has performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City. He made an incredible impression on those of us at his Blackstone River Theatre debut at November's Homecoming Concert. Don't miss an amazing musician playing this most beautiful of instruments!

 

Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by Rock and Roll and Country-Blues as well as music from West Africa, Egypt and India. The Chris Monti Trio features bassist Theo Regan and drummer Matt McLaren and they play West African Music and West African-inspired songs. Chris and Matt learned many of these songs playing in the Double Decker Dance Band from band leader, singer guitarist, bassman and drummer Joe Paye, of Liberia. You'll hear Soka, Highlife, and Soukous beats. Chris has toured the East Coast, opening many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, and has also played with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $20 at the door

MARI BLACK and CORY PESATURO

Call in your reservations for our February 16 show with Mari Black and Cory Pesaturo to 401-725-9272.

Get ready for an unforgettable night of music as fiddler Mari Black and accordionist Cory Pesaturo team up to present a dynamic exploration of improvisation-driven music from around the globe. You'll be on the edge of your seat as this stunningly virtuosic duo spins together a magical journey featuring rhythmic jazz tunes, fiery klezmer horas, passionate tangos, playful American rags, driving Celtic reels, and more! 

Called “One of the brightest fiddlers around today” by WGBH radio host Brian O’Donovan, multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black has been delighting audiences around the world with her energetic playing, sparkling stage presence, and dazzlingly virtuosic fiddling. Mari made her entrance onto the international stage when she became Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle champion, all within a three-year period.  

Three-time world accordion champion and Rhode Island native Cory Pesaturo is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the accordion. Cory is the only person to ever win a World Championship on Acoustic, Digital And Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. In 2017, Cory became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which he played for over 32 hours. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music. This vision led him to give a TED talk, develop his own electric accordion, and make the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys. 

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge