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2015 Schedule
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APRIL 2015

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba classes with April Hilliker at 6:30 p.m.
  • Beginning and continuing mountain dulcimer classes with Elwood Donnelly and Aubrey Atwater take place Saturdays, April 4 and 18 (also May 9 and May 16).
  • A new 8-week session of Irish step dance classes (13 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani began Friday, March 27, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, March 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and runs through April.
  • A new 8-week session of group fiddle classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins Tuesday, April 7, Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9.

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Mondays in April, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER


Saturday, April 25, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits and favorites at our last Summer Solstice Festival! Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York Scottish fiddle circles. The band's driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the eastern half of the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland." A tour to Northern Ireland is in the works for July 2015. The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, "Pressed for Time," hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ's most played albums. Their music is featured on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including syndicated programs Thistle and Shamrock, FolkScene, SingOut Radio, and The Midnight Special. In 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated "Top Traditional Band in a Pub, Festival or Concert Setting" by the Irish Music Association. Jack Baker of The Irish American News calls them "One of the most exciting bands I've seen in the last couple of years!" Don't miss them in their Blackstone River Theatre debut!



MAY 2015

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba classes with April Hilliker at 6:30 p.m.
  • Beginning and continuing mountain dulcimer classes with Elwood Donnelly and Aubrey Atwater take place Saturdays, May 9 and May 16.
  • Irish step dance classes (13 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani runs through May on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Group fiddle classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch continues through May on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Mondays in May, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER


Saturday, May 2, 1-4 PM; $30.00
BIKE & BLUES THE BLACKSTONE
Grab your helmets and bikes, and get in gear - it's time for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.'s 2nd annual Bike and Blues the Blackstone event. Join the staff and partners of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for a fun-filled bike ride through the scenic and historic Blackstone River Valley. Riders can then finish off their afternoon listening to live blues and Celtic artists while tasting regional and craft beers provided by Mendon Wines and More. This year participants have two options to enjoy the day. Bicyclists can ride the entire 30-mile course as part of a Craft Brewery Tour and visit three Blackstone Valley breweries along the way: Bucket Brewery, Foolproof Brewing Company and Ravenous Brewing Company. Each brewery will be offering a tour of their facility including a sampling of their own unique brew. Participants will also receive a special memento from each brewery at the end of the ride. If 30 miles and sampling beer is not your thing, bikers can choose to take part in a leisurely ride along the historic Blackstone Canal on the 11-mile Blackstone River Bikeway, enjoying a visit to the Kelley House Museum, viewing the spectacular engineering of the Rt. 116 Viaduct, designed in the 1930s, and also the Pratt Dam where the powerful Blackstone River forges through the "tubes." Either way, at the end of your ride, participants can relax with refreshments, a craft beer tasting, and live music at Blackstone River Theatre performed by blues musicians Martin Grosswendt and Bertrand Laurence and the Celtic band Pendragon. Tickets and registration is $30.00 per person and you may register in advance at www.bikeandbluestheblackstone.org Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m., May 2, at Lonsdale Marsh, 116 John Street, in Lincoln, RI where the course starts. Bike and Blues the Blackstone will end off at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street in Cumberland, RI. Music and refreshments at the theatre will go from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Barbara Dixon at bdixon@blackstoneheritagecorridor.org or at 401-765-2211 with any questions.

Saturday, May 2, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
GYPSY STAR
A unique original band from the Tampa Bay area of Florida, Gypsy Star fuses American musical styles of folk, rock, pop and jazz with sounds and rhythms from around the world. Tapping into Latin, Celtic, Renaissance, Mediterranean and Caribbean flavors, Gypsy Star weaves a melodic tapestry of enchanting, uplifting music with acoustic instruments such as classical flamenco guitar and an array of hand percussion and drums. Add to the mix lush strings, dynamic arrangements, haunting vocals and world-beat rhythms complemented by fiery castanets and the percussive footwork of folkloric dance and you've got a cultural feast for the eyes and ears! The mystique behind this American folk-rock band's songs lie at the creative hand of guitarist/composer (and Cumberland native) Billy Keen who combines his own musical roots in rock with an exotic global influence. Vocalist Belinda Brodsky breathes poetry into Keen's tunes with lyrics that capture the essence of ancient tales, modern storytelling and heartfelt sentiments. Along with band members Carol "Corky" Sarao on keyboards, Vail Hayes on drums and dancer Pollyanna Garcia, the result is an inspiring and eclectic experience appealing to both mainstream and world music audiences alike. Join us and follow Gypsy Star as they take you along on a mystical journey to faraway lands through song, rhyme and dance.

Saturday, May 9, 8 PM (doors open 7:30 PM), $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
LONGSHOT VOODOO / CROCODILE RIVER MUSIC
DRUM WORKSHOP WITH WEST AFRICAN DRUMMERS 4-5 PM, $10.00
DRUM WORKSHOP AND CONCERT - $18.00 advance price
In 2007, guitarist Carl Eddy, bassist Matt West and vocalist Adrienne West joined forces to form The West-Eddy Trio. For four years, the Trio wrote together and gigged in many of the smaller clubs of R.I. and Massachusetts. In 2011, they felt it was time to evolve to another level and added percussionist Don "DC" Culp, Motif Magazine's "2010 Percussionist of the Year" and R.I. Music Hall of Fame inductee (Steve Smith & The Nakeds, 2013). To compliment the Trio's unique style, Culp designed the Dun Dun Percussion set, the first known of its kind, which is a drum kit made entirely out of African Hand drums. Melding the essence of '60s and '70s classic rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, Longshot Voodoo combines the very best of acoustic rock, blues, folk and original music while entertaining audiences with their infectious rhythms and jams. Longshot Voodoo has just been nominated for the 2015 Motif Music Awards Best Americana Act. They will be joined on sax by R.I. Music Hall of Fame inductee Michael "Tunes" Antunes from the Beaver Brown Band.

Crocodile River Music promotes African and African-influenced music including Brazilian, Caribbean and Flamenco by connecting their roster of distinguished performers with audiences of all ages, backgrounds and experiences making them a leading source of African music and cultural activity in New England. Tonight's program is called Trinidad 2 Timbuktu, an interactive musical geography lesson for people of all ages. Expert musicians take the audience on a journey that starts in Africa with the music and rhythms that originated there in African tribal and ritual drumming. From there, they travel around the world, exploring the calypso, reggae, flamenco, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music and dance styles that have blossomed from these African musical roots. The band will demonstrate how regional "dialects" have found their way into the original African language of rhythm and song. Through discussion, song and dance performance, and opportunities for audience participation, this program invites listeners to see how our very wide world is, in some ways, a very small one indeed.

Saturday, May 16, 8 PM, $15.00
ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO
BRT favorites Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly return with Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle, cello and vocals to present an engaging concert of traditional American and Celtic American folk songs, a cappella pieces, hymns, poetry, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, harmonica, old-time banjo, bones, limberjacks and other musical surprises. Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation and a highly-relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood also explain song origins to give more relevance to the material. Atwater-Donnelly performs widely in the Northeast and other parts of the United States and Great Britain and their recordings receive international airplay. They have performed and researched folk music extensively in New England, Ireland, England, Prince Edward Island, the Ozarks, and Appalachia. Clasper-Torch plays regularly with The Gnomes and is also the fiddle instructor at Blackstone River Theatre.

May 16-May 17, 9 AM to 3 PM
CELTIC STONE CARVING IN LIMESTONE WITH LAURA TRAVIS

This event has sold out! Watch for it again in the near future...
Friday, May 22, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
AN EVENING OF GHOST STORIES AND NEW ENGLAND LEGENDS

This show WILL sell out... reserve your tickets soon!
For one night only, we're bringing the campfire and the ghosts to you. From the leading authorities on spooks and legends, witness a night of haunted history and eerie tales from across New England featuring the haunting photography of Frank Grace. Featuring Jeff Belanger, the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS, the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series on the Travel Channel, the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He'll be joined by Carl L. Johnson, Tim Weisberg, Andrew Lake and Frank Grace. Plus ... this production is being filmed as part of a PBS documentary that will air this Fall! Tickets are going very fast! Purchase yours in advance at http://www.legendtrips.com/new_england_legends_ghosts.shtml



JUNE 2015

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM
PRIVATE EVENT - PAINTBOX PRESCHOOL GRADUATION

Saturday, June 20, 11 AM to 7 PM, (Rain date: Sunday, June 21)
5th annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, kids under-5 free!
Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors!
Calan (from Wales) • The Gothard Sisters • Eastern Medicine Singers • The Gnomes • Cassie & Maggie MacDonald • Robbie O'Connell & Dan Milner • Pendragon • RUNA • The Vox Hunters with Torrin Ryan • Will Woodson and Joey Abarta • Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance and more to be announced!
Call (401) 725-9272 for information or visit www.riverfolk.org/brtssf


AUGUST 2015

Saturday, August 8, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
MATT MOLLOY, JOHN CARTY AND ARTY McGLYNN


SEPTEMBER 2015

Saturday, September 12, 8 PM, $15.00
BOHEMIAN QUARTET

Saturday, September 19, 8 PM
DAVID MUNNELLY & PHILIP MASURE / THE FRETLESS

Saturday, September 26, 8 PM
THE BEE EATERS


OCTOBER 2015

Saturday, October 3, 8 PM
NORTH SEA GAS

Saturday, October 10, 8 PM
DAVID FRANCEY

Saturday, October 17, 8 PM
PATRICK BALL

Saturday, October 24, 8 PM
SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES


NOVEMBER 2015

Saturday, November 7, 8 PM
RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET

Saturday, November 21, 8 PM, $15.00
AN EVENING OF MUSIC OF THE SEA & SHORE FEATURING
THE JOHNSON GIRLS, ROBBIE O'CONNELL AND DAN MILNER