SOUND SESSION 2012 returns this July with music and dance for all ages!

[ 0 ] June 27, 2012 |

Roots Cultural Center and Providence Inner City Arts (PICA) have announced plans for Sound Session 2012, July 12-15, 2012.

This multi-genre music festival is entering its eighth year, with music, dance and a multitude of exciting entertainment for everyone. This year, a new segment for children and their parents, “KID CITY,” has been added. This event is in collaboration with Providence iCity Arts! for Youth, as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

Focusing on local and regional “Homegrown” talent has become the hallmark of Sound Session under the direction of Roots Cultural Center. “Throughout the year, Roots has given a select group of talented local artists a chance to perform, something they don’t always have an opportunity to do,” said Len Cabral, president of PICA. He continued, “In one weekend, Sound Session will pack in many of these performers, and more. We’re thrilled that the City of Providence and the community are as excited as we are.”

The streets will be rocking. Stages will be stationed on Westminster Street, from Union to Mathewson, and inside Roots Cultural Center. The Hotel Providence front yard will be the site of “Kid City” as well as Sunday brunch, which is an extension of Roots’ Tuesday Night program, “Simply Jazz.”

Cost: Tickets for Sound Session are $7 per day for adults and $3 per day for children under 12.
Visit  The Roots website for complete schedule and updated info.

A special collaboration with Providence iCity Arts! for Youth, as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, with workshops and performances.

Special Performance by Joe’s Backyard Band, a wonderful, crowd-pleasing group, that plays a festive musical mix for all ages to enjoy together. Based in Edgewood, just south of Providence, the group plays at festivals, lawn concerts, libraries, yacht clubs, record stores, museums, and occasionally a real backyard! A typical hands-clapping, toes-tapping set might include “Jambalaya” (Hank Williams), “Iko Iko” (The Dixie Cups), “Route 66” (Rolling Stones-style), a Bob Marley song, something from Motown, traditional tunes like “Mama Don’t Allow” plus a bunch of original songs that fit right in. The band’s rootsy sound incorporates a wide range of styles — blues to pop, rock, folk, funk and reggae — and a wide range of instruments, including harmonica, flute, saxophone and keyboard, as well as guitar, drums, bass and harmonies.

The mission of the Roots Cultural Center is to provide a center for people to meet, converse, and interact while experiencing vibrant performances and art exhibitions of the highest quality. Under the auspices of Providence Inner City Arts, the Center will also provide outreach through the arts to the community at large. Of paramount importance is the role that the Roots Cultural Center will play in bringing together the diverse people of Providence and Rhode Island together and in encouraging and provoking thought, inspiring hope and creating broad community understanding.

Category: community news, fairs/festivals, high school age, kids, local venue, preschool, special events, teens (13 +), tweens

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