THE RHODE ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME ALL STARS LIVE IN CONCERT AT THE HISTORIC PARK THEATRE IN CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, February 11th @ 7:00PM. Doors open one hour prior.
The Cowsills: The original Partridge Family. From Banister’s Wharf in Newport, The Cowsills carried their glorious pop harmonies to the world. Along the way, they garnered three Top Ten hits and another nine Billboard chart entries, making them one of the most successful Rhode Island acts of all time. The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother. The band was formed in early 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; their brother John joined shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. Teir hits include “The Rain, The Park and Other Tings”, Indian Lake”, “hair” and “We Can Fly ”. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
Special Guest, John Cafferty: The legendary multi-platinum “East Coast Rock’n’roll” group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the “Eddie & The Cruisers – Motion Picture Soundtrack”. The hit single “On the Dark Side” held the “Number-One” position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for “five” consecutive weeks. The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA. Te title track from the group’s 1985 follow-up album “Tough All Over” became their second “Number-One” single on the Billboard Rock charts and the song “C-I-T-Y” reached the Billboard Top 20. John Cafferty’s solo track “Hearts on Fire” was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film “Rocky IV” and he received his second double Platinum soundtrack award. Over the years John has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures. Today John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band continue to tour and bring their exciting live shows to fans around the world. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
Steve Smith and the Nakeds: One of the northeast’s premier Rhythm and Blues Bands. Natives of the Providence, RI area, the band has traveled the U. S. and abroad. The ten-man unit consists of a four-piece rhythm section, a five-piece brass section, and its lead vocalist, Steve Smith. Together, Steve Smith and the Nakeds are now celebrating forty-nine esteemed years of live performances and studio recordings. During that time, the rhythm & blues powerhouse has thrived with their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun. Throughout their history, the band has shared the touring stage and recording studio with Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist, Clarence Clemons for a series of critically acclaimed performances. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV’s video countdown program “The Basement Tapes”, and more recently, an episode of “Te Family Guy”. Teir credits include performing on their own, traveling as the backing band for Clarence Clemons, playing back up to such performers as Gary U.S. Bonds, Nils Lofgren, The Temptations, Southside Johnny and John Caferty and the Beaver Brown Band just to name a few. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
Duke Robillard: Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. Born Michael John Robillard on October 4, 1948, in Woonsocket, R.I., Duke has carved out one of blues’ most illustrious legacies, while also trotting some lofty related territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator and educator. After showing an early affinity for music and guitar, he founded Roomful Of Blues with pianist Al Copley in Westerly, R.I., in 1967. By adding horns, Roomful announced itself emphatically as the prototypical jump blues band, and became a New England legend and a fixture beyond, as did Duke himself. His unsurpassed mastery of the guitar style of T-Bone Walker (later crystallized memorably in his 2004 release “Blue Mood”) was deservedly heralded, but his breadth was also head-turning – from swing, standards and ballads to rockers, gutbucket Chicago blues and rockabilly. Duke’s resume is decorated with Grammy nominations, Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards, and other honors for his artistry, recordings and productions within the United States and internationally. In 2012 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame as member of Roomful Of Blue. the 2014, he was inducted to the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame for his solo contributions to music
RIZZZ: In 1973, three members of the Riverside underground band Powerhouse, guitarists David Tanury and Jim Tait and drummer Rick Couto, joined forces with saxophonist Bob Weisberger, Joe “Klem” Klimek on harmonica and sax and bassist Kenn Reynolds to form a new band which is considered one of the finest and most successful in Rhode Island music history: RIZZZ. Tier repertoire combined original songs by Dave and Jim with the Soul/R&B, Jazz and improvisatory elements found in Jam Band Music (Santana, the Dead, the Allmans) and Roots Music/Americana (The Band, Little Feat, NRBQ) before either of those genres had a name and they hit upon a unique style which immediately struck a chord with the public. They began selling out the biggest clubs in the state and were soon joined by pianist Jerry Xavier. After a shakeup in 1978, David, Klem and Kenn brought in three new players, keyboardist Paul Sauvageau, guitarist Richard Herzog and drummer Gary St. Germain. The new lineup didn’t miss a beat and leaned even more heavily towards originals by David, Klem and Richard. Although Rizzz became a major college draw and showcased all over the Northeast, a record deal failed to materialize, and they called it quits in 1981. However, there no compromise approach became a template for the exploding R.I. original music scene of the 1980s and their influence is still felt 35 years after they disbanded. In 2015 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
Sugar Ray Norcia: (born Raymond Alan Norcia, June 6, 1954 in Stonington, Connecticut) is an American electric and soul blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known for his work since 1980 with his backing band, The Bluetones. Sugar Ray was the lead vocalist and harmonica player for Roomful of Blues from 1991 to 1998 and was on three albums by the group during that time. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Not limited to one style, but able to play Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters. Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of “Big” Joe Turner; Texas Blues like “T” Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of “Lazy” Lester-all played with distinctive originality. Nominated for ten Blues Music Awards! In 2016 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
Show will run from 7:00PM – MIDNIGHT, with several intermissions between bands.