Dedicated to songwriters in Rhode Island, the festival will feature some of the area's best in an acoustic setting. Enjoy a weekend of music ranging from Americana to folk with hints of jazz and pop. Music will start at 7pm both Friday and Saturday night. Seating is limited so get your tickets early!
Theatre 82 | 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston
$7 per night | $10 at door $10 weekend* | $15 at door
*For WEEKEND passes, enter promotional code "WEEKEND" when buying tickets to secure the weekend rate!
Steve Allain is a classically trained musician with years of playing in a variety of different groups, which include not only classical ensembles but rock bands, jazz quartets, and plenty of solo engagements. Always looking to expand his musical horizons, Steve has spent the last several years focusing on the art of songwriting. He has played throughout the United States including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, St Louis, and Boston. Steve has been praised for his excellent musicianship and soulful voice.
Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Tracie Potochnik now makes her home in Providence, Rhode Island. She is known for blending simple arrangements with sophisticated lyrical storytelling, and brings three chords, the truth, and occasionally a mandolin to her shows. Her EP, Homespun Recordings Vol. 1, is available at: http://traciepotochnik.bandcamp.com/.
Sara Azriel is an eclectic singer and songwriter whose music combines the universality of pop, the sincerity of folk, and the richness of soul music. "Sara is an angel, an exception to the rule, with a voice that can raise the most hardened soul to exalt, because it conveys all that she is, and feels good to all of us." -- Brad Barr (The Barr Brothers)
Ian Fitzgerald is a writer and performer of American folk songs. Ian has been playing shows around New England since 2004 and has independently released four albums of original material in that time including No Time To Be Tender, released earlier this year. Ian is a past winner of the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist.
Brian Minisce loves everything about playing the guitar/writing songs/ singing and recording music and collaborating with other artists. Been performing and working at the art of music for a long time in this area. Playing a lot with musical collaborator Becky Chace the past 15 years and just getting ready to release our 9th studio album.
Kate Jones is a folk musician from Providence, RI. She is a member of the award winning all-female quartet, The Sugar Honey Iced Tea. She's also working on a solo album.
Ashley Root, a singer-songwriter from North Attleboro, MA, graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a degree in Songwriting. Ashley lived in Austin, TX (showcasing in the SXSW music festival 2 years in a row) before settling in the Providence area. She has been very involved in the Providence music scene for the past 2 years as the front woman for her band Ashley Root and the Tubers, as well as lending her voice in the studio for many other local bands.
Jack Kennedy is a melancholy specialist. Melodically intricate, and lyrically twisted, you'll be crying for days.
Dan was born in love with a body. Surrounded by millions of wish fulfilling trees. He is continuously remembering. He believes in Providence.
Ray Cooke & Lisa Couto
Ray Cooke, also a singer/songwriter from Rhode Island, has completed his third album, “Good Life” released on November 13th, 2011. “Good Life” was the winner of Limelight Magazine’s Album of the Year Award for 2011 (MA) and was nominated in the same category by Motif Magazine in RI. Ray was Motif Magazine's 2009 winner of the "Male Vocalist of the Year" award and has been nominated for the award every year through 2012. He has played throughout New England at venues like the Vanilla Bean, Victoria Station in CT and at Foster Country Club and the Mill in western RI. Preferring to play his own music, Ray can more easily be found at open mics throughout New England than in late night venues that request covers. His laidback style and deep caramel vocals capture audiences and create devoted fans wherever he goes. Many of his songs tell stories of his struggles with life and love, while others are impressions of a difficult life gone by.
Lisa Couto is a singer/songwriter from Rhode Island whose eclectic style incorporates Pop, R&B, Rock and folk influences. She has travelled throughout the eastern seaboard and overseas to perform. Recently, Lisa had a track released on the "Soul Unsigned" label in the United Kingdom. She was nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year" by Motif Magazine for years 2010 through 2012. She was also nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year" by Limelight Magazine (MA) for 2011. She is on the verge of releasing her third CD "Not Going Under".
John Fuzek has been performing his own style of music, either solo or as part of a duo, around the Northeast and various points of the US for over 25 years. He began by performing the typical “cover-song/bar-gigs” but soon moved up to performing only his own original music. In 1989, he teamed up with Mary Ann Rossoni and formed the duo Fuzek•Rossoni. The duo quickly gained a large following and garnered quite a bit of success in the seven years they performed together. During what was supposed to be a “short hiatus” from performing, John produced the Hear In Rhode Island Festival for many years, showcases and workshops for the Rhode Island Songwriters Association, worked with other festivals,helped produce a few CDs by other artists, hung out with his dogs; and yes, even wrote and recorded songs for a couple of compilation CDs. John Fuzek is now back and performing as a solo act. His first solo, full length CD, “A Dog’s Age”, was released in May 2004. Recorded in March 2004, it is a collection of songs that reflect John’s passions, experiences and concerns. “A Dog’s Age”, was chosen by the Providence Phoenix as one of the BEST ACOUSTIC CDs in RI of 2004. Currently, John is working on material for future CD releases and booking shows for the "never ending tour". He is also a member of the award winning Neil Young tribute group "FOREVER YOUNG".
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