The Pawtucket Arts Festival begins with the 18th Annual Taste of the Valley and Blackstone River Party. Join us for an evening of delicious restaurant food samplings, live music, dance, and refreshments under the tent on the grounds of Slater Mill. One of the Blackstone Valley region’s most anticipated events, the Taste of the Valley takes place on Roosevelt Avenue in front of the Visitor Center. The Blackstone River Party takes place the sides of the roaring Blackstone River Falls.
TASTE OF THE VALLEY
6:00 pm – Food Samplings Available While Supplies Last
OPENING ACT: THE RAD TRADS
HEADLINER: ROOMFUL OF BLUES
OPENING ACT: The Rad Trads
Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. The band performs regularly in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall, The Blue Note, BB King’s and Radegast Hall when not touring across the USA and Europe. 2015 Tour Highlights included main stage performances at the Atlanta Jazz, Rochester Jazz, Columbus Jazz & Ribs Festival, and the Russian River Jazz & Blues festival opening for Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy as well as a monthlong European festival tour featuring notable collaborations in Italy with Paolo Fresu.
HEADLINER: Roomful of Blues Band
Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an 8-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with new members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, drummer Chris Rivelli, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, & longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille , Roomful keeps on rockin’ in 2013.
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