Blues & BBQ Festival Coming to East Providence on August 26th

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The four “Bs” – Blues, BBQ, Bourbon and Beer – will be in ample supply on Saturday, August, 26th from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. as the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Silks, the Barrett Anderson Band, Cannibal Ramblers and Cee Cee & The Riders headline the Blues & BBQ Festival at the new seasonal outdoor venue located at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront.  

“It’s going to be a down and dirty blues jam with 8-hours of music from six powerhouse bands, including the multi Grammy nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the blues and funk of Robert Randolph & The Family Band and four homegrown performances from musicians who hail from in and around the Ocean State,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, Founder and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events.  Palmieri added that the BBQ Alley will feature a variety of food trucks, including Binge BBQ, GottaQ, Frozen Hoagies, Ocean Spray and more, plus lots of beer and bourbon at the full bars and lounge areas.

Two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has built an enviable resume as an accomplished recording artist, a riveting live performer and one of the most talented and distinctive guitarists of his generation.  He has four albums that have gone Platinum, received five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards.  Shepherd has had six #1 blues albums. a string of #1 mainstream rock singles and his acclaimed CD/documentary project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, was the top-selling blues album of 2007.  In 2013, Shepherd further expanded his musical horizons by teaming up with veteran rockers Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg to form the band, The Rides, whose second album, Pierced Arrow, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues charts in 2016.  Shepherd’s most recent album release, Goin’ Home, features tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Guest artists and fellow guitar icons on the album include Joe Walsh and Warren Haynes.


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Robert Randolph, the renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, grew up playing music at the House of God Church in Orange, New jersey, upholding a long but little know music tradition called sacred steel.  It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph discovered blues, rock, funk, soul, and jazz music and soon forged his own sound fusing elements of those genres.  In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine included Randolph on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  By the mid-2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music and from that grew the Robert Randolph & The Family Band.  The group’s sound, inspired by 1970s funk bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone, was so different that they were soon packing clubs in New York City.  A number of critically-acclaimed live and studio albums followed, each widening the band’s audience.  Know for its lively stage performances, the group has appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits and toured with Eric Clapton, the Dave Mathews Band, among others.  The family band’s latest album release is entitled, Got Soul.


The classic blues-based power trio The Silks hail from Providence, Rhode Island and are past winners of the Boston Music Awards 2016 Blues Artist of the Year and the Motif Music Awards Best Rock Band in 2015 and 2016.  They have opened for bands including The Replacements, Wanda Jackson, Dirty Heads, The Drive-By Truckers, and Deer Tick playing everything from Dylan-esque ballads to flat out roadhouse rocker tunes.

Cutting his teeth as a touring member of legendary blues bands, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters and The Monster Mike Welch Band, singer-guitarist Barrett Anderson returned to his native New England to front the Barrett Anderson Band.  The group won the Boston Music Awards 2013 Blues Artist of the Year and its latest album release is entitled The Long Fall.  The Cannibal Ramblers are a two-piece band from the Boston-Providence area whose influences range from Mississippi Delta blues to surf music, punk, rock and jazz. These disparate styles jump together creating a unique and idiosyncratic sound.  The band’s most recent album release is Cannibal Ramblers #3.  Based out of Rhode Island, Cee Cee & The Riders specialize in blues and old time rock ‘n’ roll with musical influences that include Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Presley.

Additional concerts and events remaining on the Bold Point Park schedule are: Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth on Thursday, August 24th; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Friday, September 22nd; and Oktoberfest on Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, October 7th.

Set times are subject to change, check for confirmed lineup updates.  Tickets for the show start at $29.75 for reserved seating and $21.75 for general admission and can be purchased online at or, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by visiting Jordan Liquors at 199 Taunton Avenue in East Providence during regular store hours.  On the day of the event, tickets will also be available at the Rhode Island Waterfront Events box office at Bold Point Park.

Waterfront Productions secured final approvals in February on a three–year lease of land at Bold Point Park in East Providence for a seasonal, open-air, waterfront entertainment venue with a capacity for 3,500 people for concerts and 5,000 for general admission festivals.  The venue will feature annual concerts, music festivals and other events by national, international and local artists along with food and beverage options including full bars, lounge areas and local food trucks.  Event-goers will enjoy beautiful views of upper Narragansett Bay, the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and the Providence skyline.  Bold Point Park is located at 600 Waterfront Drive in East Providence, Rhode Island off Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and next to Tockwotton on the Waterfront.  It is directly across the river from India Point Park in Providence.  

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