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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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10 WOONSOCKET MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – After a suc- cessful first run in 2018, the Levitt AMP summer concert series returns to the city this summer, with a full lineup of national and local acts look- ing to draw crowds to River Island Art Park for the second year in a row. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, the coordinating sponsor, announced the series lineup dur- ing an event at Millrace Kitchen on Tuesday that included performers, sponsors, volunteers and city officials. The band launch party gave patrons an early look at the 20 acts that will grace the stage this summer. "We have very high caliber musi- cians. They're coming from all dif- ferent backgrounds, and while they have very different genres, what holds them all together is they are phenomenal entertainers," said Meghan Rego, director of resource development and communications for NeighborWorks. This year's free series will feature bands from 12 different music genres, from the upbeat rhythm of New Orleans zydeco to the smooth tones of R&B. Performers will travel from Chicago, Tennessee and New York among other major cities to make appearances alongside local opening acts. Among the highlights are Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, a Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist who made a guest appearance in The Blues Brothers, Flor de Toloache, another Grammy winner and New York's only all-female mariachi band, and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, a two-time Grammy win- ner and roots artist whose music has been featured in several films, includ- ing Disney's "The Princess and the Frog." "A goal was to really put as many different types of music and musi- cians in front of our audiences as we possibly could as a way to cel- ebrate the diversity that exists in Woonsocket and also to stay true to the Levitt mission," said Rego. The 10-week series is made possible with a $25,000 matching grant from the Levitt Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that aims to strengthen communities through music. Woonsocket was one of 18 communi- ties around the country selected to receive a grant following a voting process earlier this year. Local spon- sors and in-kind donations matched the funds provided by the grant. The series will run every Friday night from June 14 to Aug. 23 at River Island Art Park, skipping July 5. In addition to music, the events will include food trucks, an on-site bar provided by Ciro's Tavern, family activities and fundraising opportuni- ties for local nonprofit groups. Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt noted the opportunity to showcase the city's businesses and restaurants provided by the concert series, calling it a "cul- tural gift" to the city. She also pointed out that Woonsocket is one of only two communities in New England to receive the grant this year. "Woonsocket is delighted to share its downtown and waterfront with the talented event performers, attendees and food vendors," she said. "This event provides an ideal way for families, friends and neighbors to spend more time together along the Blackstone River every Friday eve- ning this summer." The full lineup of bands, genres and opening acts includes: • June 14 – P-Lowe and Chachi Carvalho (kizomba/hip-hop) • June 21 – Geraldo Contino y Los Habaneros (salsa) with O.B. Howard (indie) • June 28 – Nalani & Sarina (pop) and Southern Drawl Band (country) • July 12 – Steve Smith & the Naked Truth (rhythm and blues) • July 19 – Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson (blues) with The Brian James Quartet (jazz) • July 26 – Doobie Powell (gospel) with Calvary Worship Center (praise) • Aug. 2 – Kwame Binea Shakedown (soul) with The Z-Boyz (surfer rock) • Aug. 9 – Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles (rock) with Sidy Maiga (West African drums) • Aug. 16 – Flor de Toloache (mari- achi) with Julie Rhodes (blues) • Aug. 23 – Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (zydeco) with Mark Cutler & the Men of Great Courage (roots rock) Levitt AMP concerts bringing national touring acts to city By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM JOSH KANE of Smithfield, a trombone player for Steve Smith and the Nakeds, one of the headlining acts at the Levitt AMP concert series this summer, performs dur- ing a band launch party at Millrace Kitchen on Tuesday.

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