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Alsarah & the Nubatones

Alsarah & the Nubatones introduce audiences to a dynamic fusion of sound. The Brooklyn-based, East-African retro-pop group was born out of conversations about Nubian “songs of return,“ modern migration patterns, and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. Since their debut performance in 2011, the group has performed around the world to critical acclaim. With […]

Squonk: Hand to Hand

Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza. Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible music, the show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members on stage to power the giant […]

Squonk: Hand to Hand

Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza. Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible music, the show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members on stage to power the giant […]

Footwork Rave by The Era Footwork Crew

“The Era are arguably among the best footwork dancers in the world” —Chicago Reader The Era Footwork Crew, who have pioneered the battle dance known as Chicago footwork since 2014, will be joined by DJ Spinn from the electronic collective Teklife for an outdoor, interactive party for the Providence community. This Footwork Rave will also […]

Squonk: Hand to Hand

Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza. Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible music, the show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members on stage to power the giant […]

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

Pianist – Bandleader – Arranger – Composer Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, 8-time Grammy® Award-winner Eddie Palmieri is a legendary bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. Mr. Palmieri will be bringing his iconic music of the 1960’s to the PVDFest stage, leading his 11-person salsa […]

Hit La Rosa

On tour as part of Center Stage CenterStageUS.org At play in a Psychedelic Cumbia Sandbox, Hit La Rosa Channels a Fantastic Reflection of Perú’s Full Cultural Spectrum One of Lima’s leading indie bands, Hit La Rosa delivers tight sets of pulsing tropical beats, rolling surf sounds, and sly lyrics to heal what ails you. At […]

10th Annual Afrika Nyaga Drum and Dance Festival

Now in its 10th year, Afrika Nyaga showcases the incredible music and dance of Africa and the diaspora. The "festival within a festival" will be headlined by award-winning South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai, world-renowned Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré and return PVDFest headliners Sidy Maiga & Afrimanding. Special performances from local favorites Chachi […]

Dance Workshop and Creative Conversation with The Era Footwork Crew

Grab your kicks and join Chicago’s The Era Footwork Crew to learn some of their fresh moves at this all-ages public dance workshop from 2:30-3:15 PM. Stick around to learn about the Crew’s activism work and the history of Chicago Footwork to the present day. Conversation moderated by Dr. Micah Salkind, Special Projects Manager for […]

Canceled: Phantom Notes

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday evening’s performance of Phantom Notes is canceled. Please join us for FirstWorks Summer Beats on July 24th at Roger Williams Park Bandstand. A FirstWorks commissioned project by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández Gold, Silver, and Coin make a world of time. Prayer is in the ear of the […]

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: Flawless

Rhode Island’s own rap and hip-hop phenomenon is back to lay down the real talk at The People’s Park! From opening for Wu Tang, Ludacris and other giants, to his breakout TV performance as a finalist on the 2019 Netflix reality competition series, “Rhythm N’ Flow,” Flawless proves that many are manufactured, but few are […]

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: DakhaBrakha

VENUE CHANGE ALERT: Due to an air-conditioning system malfunction in the main theatre at The Columbus Theatre, this performance has been moved to The Strand Ballroom and Theatre at 79 Washington Street in Downtown Providence. DakhaBrakha is touring tirelessly and playing concerts throughout the world to support Ukraine. The group encourages your donations to Razom […]