FirstWorks Summer Beats Bonus Concert: Swanky Kitchen Band

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FirstWorks Summer Beats Bonus Concert: Swanky Kitchen Band

FirstWorks Summer Beats Bonus Concert: Swanky Kitchen Band

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Swanky Kitchen Band is on an essential quest to revive the traditional music of the Cayman Islands. Set amidst the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the three tiny islands are home to Kitchen Dance Music, an infectiously danceable fiddle-driven style. The Kitchen Dance sound, created through a crossroads of European and African influences, nearly disappeared save for the efforts of Swanky Kitchen Band, the last of the Caymanian Kitchen Bands. Led by fiddler/songwriter Samuel Rose, the 10-piece group is named after a popular local beverage- “swanky.” With instruments including a grater (commonly used in traditional kitchens for hand-processing coconut or cassava), guitars, harmonica, a rock-solid rhythm section and vocalists telling stories of the old and new Cayman, Swanky Kitchen Band, beloved in their home islands, moves audiences anywhere they go.

Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket – bring a friend!

Accessibility info:

  • Wheelchair accessible sidewalk leading to a grass lawn
  • Accessible bathrooms nearby (at the Roger Williams Park Carousel)
  • Earplugs available
  • For questions about accessibility, contact Rainy Stanford

Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department.

Swanky Kitchen Band’s U.S. East Coast Tour is presented by The Center for Cultural Vibrancy

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert Series is made possible with support from Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island Foundation, RISCA, Rhode Island Commerce, Rhode Island Energy, Collette and BankNewport.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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