BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL
A down and dirty celebration of blues, beer, and BBQ, this one-day festival promises amped up musical powerhouses and a BBQ Alley serving up smoky favorites. 8 hours of live jams from six bands:
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
- Robert Randolph & The Family Band
- The Silks
- Barrett Anderson Band
- Cannibal Ramblers
- Cee Cee & The Riders
All paired with savory offerings and cold brews for a quality dose of southern hospitality right here on the RI waterfront!
EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION
Saturday, August 26th
Gates Open at 2pm | Music Starts at 2pm
Bold Point Park on the East Providence Waterfront!
General Admission Tickets start at $21.75 | Reserved Seating Tickets start at $29.75
Re-entry is allowed throughout the day.
*Everyone, including children, requires a ticket.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
“Though he enjoys the creativity of the recording process, Shepherd says the whole reason to make records is to do what he really loves, which is to play live shows.”
– Chicago Tribune
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre.
Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.
From television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (amongst others) to features in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Maxim Magazine, Blender, Spin, USA Today and more, his musical career has been nothing short of phenomenal.
At 16 years old, he signed his first record deal and burst onto the national scene with the release of his 1995 debut album Ledbetter Heights, which produced the radio hits “Deja Voodoo,” “Born with a Broken Heart” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” His relentless touring and success on rock radio helped to drive the album to Platinum sales status. His 1998 sophomore effort Trouble Is… also went Platinum, yielding such radio hits as “Blue on Black,” “True Lies” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” 1999’s Live On spawned the radio hits “In 2 Deep”, “Shotgun Blues” and “Last Goodbye.”
2004’s The Place You’re In was a blistering rock record and was followed up by 2007’s ambitious 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, for which Shepherd and his band traveled throughout the American South to record with such vintage blues greats as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards on their home turf. 2010 saw the release of Shepherd’s long-awaited first live album, Live! In Chicago, recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the all-star Legends tour and featuring guest appearances by such blues legends as Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, as did 2011’s How I Go. In 2013, Shepherd further expanded his musical horizons by teaming with veteran rockers Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Barry Goldberg to form THE RIDES, whose first album Can’t Get Enough helped to expand Shepherd’s audience as well as his musical resume. 2014 saw the release of Goin’ Home, Shepherd’s sixth # 1 debut on the Billboard Blues charts. Goin’ Home features several talented friends who shared Shepherd’s enthusiasm for the project’s back-to-basics ethos. Those guests include fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, longtime friend Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, the Rebirth Brass Band and co-producer Blade’s father, Pastor Brady Blade Sr., who lends a bracing dose of preaching to Shepherd’s version of Bo Diddley’s’ “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover.”
In 2016, Shepherd again teamed up with his friend Stephen Stills to record their 2nd record together with their band The RIDES. The record, Pierced Arrow, was released in the spring of 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and the band began a national tour.
Shepherd and his bands continue to tour the world extensively blazing a fresh trail for the historical American art form in the 21st Century.
Robert Randolph & Family Band
Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel—Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that the leader of Robert Randolph and the Family Band—whose label debut for Sony Masterworks, Got Soul, will be released on Feb. 17, 2017—is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph broke away from the confines of his social and musical conditioning and discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres.
“It was all church music. It was a movement within our church and that’s all we used to do,” says Randolph of the sacred steel music he played at the time, music whose association with his church stretches back to the 1920s. Once Randolph began to discover other forms of music, he saw how they were all connected, and was eager to find his own place. “All music is related. Gospel is the same as blues,” he says. “The only thing that changes is in hardcore gospel people are singing about God and Jesus and in the blues people are singing about ‘my baby left me’ and whiskey. When we first started out, guys really weren’t allowed to leave the church. I was the one that stepped out and started this thing. My dad would say, ‘Why do you come home smelling like beer and cigarettes?’ ‘Well, we just got done playing some smoky club till 2 a.m.!’ It was all foreign and different.”
By the early 2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music, and from that grew the Family Band. The group’s sound was so different than anything else around that they were soon packing New York City clubs. Their first album, 2002’s Live at the Wetlands, was recorded at the now defunct jam band haven, and was followed by four studio albums and another live set, each widening the band’s audience—they’ve long been regulars on the festival circuit—and broadening their stylistic range as well.
“Things happened really fast,” Randolph—named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone—says now. “When I look back on that time, to be honest, I had no idea what the hell we were doing. We’d get told, ‘You guys are going on tour with Eric Clapton.’ ‘Oh, OK.’ I thought, this guy must not have a clue who I am but the first time I met him we talked for about an hour and played music backstage.”
The Family Band’s improvisational skills quickly made them mega-popular among the jam-band crowd, but for Randolph and his band mates, what they were doing was just an extension of what they’d always done. “The jam band scene has that name but it’s really
a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are,” Randolph says. “We fit in that category in some sense but the jam band scene itself has changed a lot since that time. I’ve grown to like songs and I like to jam within the song.”
On Got Soul—which features guest artists Anthony Hamilton, Darius Rucker, Cory Henry—Robert Randolph and the Family Band walk that line deftly, displaying their virtuosity within the context of a dozen smartly crafted tunes. “I like both playing live and recording,” says Randolph. “The thing about a record is you get a chance to rehearse parts and fine-tune things. But if you look at most great music artists—people like Stevie Wonder—the song is totally different from the show. When you’re in the studio, it’s hard to improvise without an audience. But for us, well, we’ve been playing in front of audiences our whole lives.”
The Silks are a rock and roll band out of Providence, Rhode Island. You could say The Silks are the rock and roll band from Providence, but then you wouldn’t exactly be asking the cool kids. You’d need to dig a bit deeper than trends. The Silks exist outside of The Hip’s bearded rat race.
The sound is classic power trio of the blues-based variety. You know, The Devil’s music. You’ve got guitar pyrotechnics galore from frontman Tyler-James Kelly. Chicken-pickin’ or taking a soaring lead break, it’s quickly apparent Kelly’s on a whole ’nother level. It makes you wonder just when did he get his first real six-string. Then there’s the voice. Ballsy, bluesy, however you want to describe it, it just sounds like ripping a telephone book in half and feels like scratching a really good itch. The rhythm section of Sam Jodrey on drums and Jonas Parmelee on the bass guitar chug-chugs and chop-chop-chops along. Fast songs, slow songs, it doesn’t matter. It’s always all about the dance floor. The dance floor reciprocates.
After releasing their Paul Westerberg produced debut album, “Last American Band” at the tail end of 2013, The Silks continued building on their following with constant gigs. All kinds of gigs. With a work ethic as old-school as their whole vibe, most of their shows are of the “all nighter” variety. Two sets. An hour and a half each. Only, they’re playing original music. Who does that these days? As of now, The Silks are dangerously close to releasing the follow-up album they have in the can. Word is more recording sessions are on the horizon.
The Silks have had their share of carrots dangled in front of them. It’s not every band that gets to make a record with help from the likes of Westerberg and Jim Boquist of Son Volt fame, after all. From there, they went on to open for The Replacements at The Fillmore in Detroit in the spring of 2015. They’ve also played in support of Rocky Erickson, Wanda Jackson, Dirty Heads, The Drive-By Truckers, Black Joe Lewis, Deer Tick, The Sheepdogs and Patrick Sweeny among others.
Barrett Anderson Band
Fronted by Boston-based blue singer/guitarist, the award winning Barrett Anderson Band packs a mesmerizing, backbeat-heavy, hypno-boogie punch. The Barrett Anderson Band has learned from, and played with, the very best in the music world, and provides a unique voice, one equally informed by classic blues, soul, and rock & roll.
Barrett – A 17 year veteran of the scene, Barrett cut his teeth by playing with members of Muddy Waters’ 1970s band, Pinetop Perkins & Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, in the late 90’s. Following that, he spent a combined 6 years in the internationally-acclaimed blues bands Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters and The Monster Mike Welch Band. Barrett recorded his first recording (with neo-swing legend Jimbo Mathus producing) in North Mississippi in 2007. He returned to his native New England and quickly enlisted some of the world’s heaviest blues musicians – Ron Levy (organist for Albert King, BB King, Roomful of Blues, and countless more) and Per Hanson (drummers for Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Jimmy Rogers, David Maxwell, and more). In 2013 Barrett’s second album, The Long Fall, was released (produced by Cambridge’s roots-rock king Dennis Brennan, and featuring the legendary organ trio lineup he had been working with all across new england ), and Barrett won a highly prestigious Boston Music Award, 2013 Blues Artist of the Year.
Jamie “Black Cat Bone” Hatch – A reformed guitarist, bassist Jamie Hatch brings the low end to the foreront. His playing is big, full, and driving; he is a master at propelling the music forward, whether through playing hard or laying back. Bringing a more jazz/free-oriented aesthetic to the band, Jamie “Black Cat Bone” is an integral voice to The Barrett Anderson Band, and is the sole voice for the unique, sub-100 hz. frequencies you hear on stage.
Doug MacLeod – The man who keeps the rhythm moving and the beat grooving, Doug MacLeod provides the central heartbeat for The Barrett Anderson Band. His sense of beat is funky and driving, equally informed by dual-drummer lineups such as The Grateful Dead & The Allman Brothers Band, and solo drum masters “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Al Jackson Jr., and Levon Helm, Doug brings a rocking’ back beat groove that makes hips sway and feet tap.
The Cannibal Ramblers are the result of two musical outsiders, Kyle Anderson and Mark Milloff fortuitously coming together and creating music. On occasion, the band is joined by Bryan Minto, harp player extraordinaire and atmospheric wizard.
The chaos of their combined and disparate interests resulted in what has been described as death delta, punk and country blues. However the music may be referred, the Cannibal Ramblers inhabit a world that resonates Captain Beefheart, Bukka White, George Thorogood, and Asie Payton. Anderson and Milloff are approaching their seven year anniversary as a band. They have played as far south as Mississippi and Texas and as far west as Denver. They’ve toured the plain states, throughout New England and France. If you get the chance, see and hear them live.
Cee Cee & The Riders
Female fronted five piece band from Charlestown RI, serving up some good time, vintage rock n’ roll with a heavy blues base.
Cee Cee Grimes– Vocals
Matt Bruneau– Lead and Slide Guitar
Mike Rand– Rhythm Guitar and Harmonica
Roy Sauvageau– Bass
David Underwood– Drums
BBQ ALLEY (FOOD & BEVERAGE)
- GottaQ: Pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, sirloin tip, mac n cheese bowls topped with pulled chicken, pulled pork, tri tip, coleslaw, cornbread, bbq pit beans
- Binge BBQ: Beef Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Sausage Link with kraut + onions, Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Bacon, Cheddar & Scallion Hush Puppies
- Jeff’s Wood Fired Pizza: Wings and Specialty pizzas
- Ocean Spray:
- Pulled Pork Slider with Sweet Cranberry Memphis BBQ sauce, potato bun
- Grilled Cranberry BBQ Chicken Sandwich
-House made BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato on sesame seed bun
- Grilled Turkey Bacon BBQ Wrap
-Cranberry aioli, bacon, avocado and provolone
- Cranberry Pistachio Chicken Salad
-Shredded chicken, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, pistachio nuts, red onion, celery, cranberry aioli, American cheese; Your Choice of Bread of Gluten Free bulkie roll, wheat wrap, baguette or cranberry walnut bread
- Israeli Couscous Salad
-Citrus dressing, avocado, roasted sweet potato, cucumber and Craisins® Dried Cranberries
We will have full bars featuring beer, bourbon, cocktails, wine and other offerings
Check back for updates on this year’s vendors. More info coming!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS AND WHEN IS WILL CALL OPEN?
A: It’s easy to grab your tickets! The fastest way to get your tickets is to order online and print them right at home.
To order by phone, call Ticketmaster 1.800.745.3000.
Get tickets in person at our advance box office location. Please click here for location and hours.
Day-of ticket sales will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning at 10am on the day of the event.
Will Call tickets will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning 1 hour prior to gates opening on the day of the event.
Q: I PURCHASED GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS. DO I HAVE A SEAT AT THE EVENT OR CAN I BRING A CHAIR OR BLANKET?
A: General admission is standing room only, however, you are welcome to bring a blanket or chair with you to enjoy the event from the general admission area of the venue.
Q: IS THIS AN ALL AGES EVENT?
A: Yes, this is an all ages event. However, all guests including children are required to have a paid ticket.
Q: IF IT RAINS, DOES THE EVENT GO ON?
A: Of course! The event is rain or shine and you are welcome to bring an umbrella if it does rain.
Q: HOW DO I GET TO THE EVENT, AND WHERE DO I PARK?
A: Click here for details on parking information.
Q: CAN I BRING A COOLER WITH FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EVENT?
A: While we don’t allow outside food and beverage to be brought into the event there will be plenty available for purchase. Additionally, we do not allow coolers or large bags into the event, primarily for safety purposes. Please click here to check out our Bold Point Park policies page for more details.
Q: WILL THERE BE BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Absolutely! We will have full bars featuring beer, cocktails, wine and other offerings.
Q: WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Of course! The BBQ Alley offers BBQ specialties and comfort food from RI food trucks – check the BBQ Alley section above for more details!
Q: CAN I RE-ENTER THE EVENT IF I LEAVE?
A: Yes! You will be able to re-enter the event throughout the day and night.
Q: ARE PETS WELCOME AT THE EVENT?
A: We love those furry friends, but unless they are certified assistance service animals unfortunately we cannot allow them inside the event.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND ALL OF THE EVENT POLICIES?
A. Click here for a full list of the event policies.
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