Don't Stop the Music: Bands on the Block

Saturday, May 9, 2015

12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
225 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Outdoor concert: will move indoors to Grand Hall in case of rain

Sat, 2015-05-09 12:00 - 14:00

Bands on the Block: A Collaboration between the American Band and the What Cheer Brigade

Bring the family to Providence Public Library on Saturday, May 9 for Bands on the Block! The American Band and What Cheer! Brigade will raise the roof at the Washington Street side of the Providence Public Library!

Come early - At 10:30 am, Beth Nixon and friends will be leading a parade prop workshop for children of all ages in the Teen Room - make flags, crowns, masks in preparation for the parade at 11:45 am.

At 11:45 am, the What Cheer! Brigade will lead a parade through the building out to the bandstand on the front steps of the library where both the Brigade and the American Band will perform at 12 noon – 2 pm.  Hear old standards and new renditions from the American Band’s repertoire of music, in the early traditions of concert bands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. What Cheer! Brigade will add to the festivities with their surprising mobile moments of intense revelry!

Bring your chairs, picnic lunches and sit right down on Washington Street and enjoy the show!

One of the nation’s oldest continuing adult community concert bands, The American Band is celebrating its 178th season.With its distinguishing musical performances, The American Band enriches the cultural life of Southern New England while providing an opportunity for adults to perform distinctive concert band music and maintaining the early traditions of concert bands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The American Band performs eleven months a year with a typical concert season consisting of approximately sixteen performances. Its schedule includes formal concerts of traditional and contemporary wind literature and informal outdoor concerts throughout the region. The American Band is made up of approximately sixty adult musicians from all walks of life, many holding degrees in music. The band has performed at the Hatch Shell “On the Esplanade,” at the Providence Performing Arts Center, and at conferences for both MENC (now the National Association for Music Education) and the New England College Band Directors Association.

The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA.

This band proves that great parties need no electricity.

“Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.” -The New York Times

“They never actually took a stage, but Providence, RI’s What Cheer? dominated the Newport Folk Fest like a headliner.”-SPIN

Since 2005, the band has been as likely to appear at community benefits as at all-night parties, playing bars, clubs, streets, libraries, cemeteries, weddings, bus stops, and playgrounds. They’ve played with Blondie, Dan Deacon, Man Man, Japanther, Dengue Fever, Okkervil River, Lightning Bolt, Ninjasonik, Mika Miko, Wolf Parade, Matt and Kim, Slavic Soul Party, Javelin, Sage Francis, and Chain and the Gang. They have appeared at Lollapalooza, The Newport Folk Festival, Aarhus Festuge (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary), and Guca (Serbia), offering mobile moments of intense revelry.

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