Common Fence Music and Hope & Main bringing Kalfou to Warren on July 21st


Photo Credit: Michel Dessources Jr.

Common Fence Music and Hope & Main has announced that they will be presenting drumming ensemble Kalfou on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 from 10am-12:30pm.

This performance is the second in a series of FREE events hosted by the partnering organizations at Hope & Main’s Schoolyard Market, located at 691 Main Street, Warren, RI, 02885. The series is held every 2nd-to-last Sunday of the month, June-September 2019. The market will be open from 9am-1pm, while live music and activities will be presented from 10am-12:30pm

Photo Credit: Michel Dessources Jr.

Sponsored by Blount Fine Foods, Pawtucket Credit Union, Ragged Island Brewing Company and Allen’s Wine & Spirits, the series features a diverse range of talented acts from Rhode Island and Massachusetts alongside Hope & Main’s eclectic array of member businesses, local farmers and artisans. Adults are invited to enjoy brunch beverages in the beer garden while kids build their own instruments in the family craft tent. With outdoor games and – of course! – delicious fresh food, this monthly series offers a fun and enriching Sunday morning experience to attendees of all ages. For more information about the Common Fence Music concert series, please visit More information about the Hope & Main Schoolyard Market is available at

Led by internationally-educated percussionist Kera Washington, Kalfou bridges cultures, generations, and continents with captivating rhythm and song of the African-diaspora. Reconnecting Haitian music, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, West African highlife, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Kalfou honors its influences while creating an original sound. For more information about Kalfou, please visit

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Also performing is the Barrington-based teen ensemble The B-Town 5. While individually gifted, these four friends love inspiring audiences with the collaborative group dynamic they bring to small combo jazz.  Mining the standards while staying on the cutting edge of the modern sound, The B-Town 5 plays an eclectic mix of bop, latin, ballads & avant garde that will impress even the most seasoned jazz fan.  

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy this fun, quality entertainment while sampling delicious food items created by some of Hope & Main’s featured members. For the morning snacker, Sinobox Pastry and Bellichi’s Best will be selling their unique baked goods. Local favorite Borealis Coffee will be pouring their own small-batch roasted hot and cold brew while Culture Tree Kombucha will be serving their 100% organic and honey-based beverages. For the lunch crowd, Minymeals will be serving up their fresh, healthy and creatively prepared Asian fusion dishes, while Cultro will be lighting their wood-fired barbecue and dishing out Latin American cuisine. And don’t forget to celebrate National Ice Cream Day by visiting the sundae bar, featuring toppings from other Hope & Main members! Sacred Cow Granola, Black Leaf Tea Co., and Source Fire are among the other vendors that will be selling their products prepared in the Hope & Main kitchens. 

Held from 9am to 1pm every Sunday from June 16th to October 27th, 2019, The Schoolyard Market features products from current Hope & Main member businesses and local farmers and artisans. It is funded in part by a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant and accepts SNAP, WIC, and Senior Citizen Vouchers as payment. It is conveniently located at the Hope & Main facility at 691 Main Street, Warren, which is on a Rhode Island Public Transportation Bus route and an intersection of the well-loved East Bay Bike Path. Free parking is available in the Warren municipal lot on Franklin Street.

Common Fence Music is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating diverse folk music traditions by creating community-based opportunities for cultural exchange. By presenting live folk and world music performances, workshops and other educational programs for the past 26 years, Common Fence Music builds connections between Rhode Island communities and regional, national and international musical artists. These programs foster dialogue and engagement, opening the door to greater understanding of individual and shared artistic expression, personal enrichment and improved wellness. Based in Portsmouth, RI, Common Fence Music is funded in part by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and was voted Best Live Music Venue – Newport County 2018 in Rhode Island Monthly’s Readers Poll. They been presenting live music performances at Hope & Main since 2017. 

Hope & Main is a nonprofit culinary business incubator that supports food entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their companies. Their facility is based in a 100-year-old elementary school building in Warren, RI and their mission is to help local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food companies and food related businesses by providing low cost, low risk access to shared-use commercial kitchens and other industry-specific technical resources. (FMPP Partnership).  As part of this mission they help expand the local food economy by hosting a weekly farmers market on the grounds of their facility.