RI Folk Festival In Riverside

(8.29) Normally we don’t send you out of town for entertainment, but this event moved itself out of town, snagging most of the Providence folk community with it, so it still comes under our purview. It’s a quick jaunt over to Riverside and the festival is still free. (The RIFF was formerly held at the Roger Williams National Memorial.)

The new venue for this 7th annual RI Folk Festival allows for three separate stages, right on the water. It looks quite beautiful. There are many familiar names on the schedule:  SwampBirds, Cardboard Ox, Allysen Callery, How’s About Charlie, Dust Ruffles, and Dan Blakeslee will be cruising through.

Beth Barron and Joanne Lurgio will be hosting open mic style performances on a stage at the gazebo. These ‘Emerging Songwriters’ include Steve Donovan, Kate Mick, Jake Hunsinger, Tessa Sacramone, Leo Trembley, and the talented Annie Kennedy is cooking something up with Pete Vendettuoli. Ms. Barron closes that lineup.

The music at the Band Shell Stage ends at 5:45pm with a group song.

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic. Food trucks will be on site. Go to the website for Covid protocols.

(And a little further out of town: The Warren Folk Fest on Saturday. Jeepers, so much music going on.)

Free, noon to 6pm, Sunday, August 29, Rose Larisa Park, Riverside, (directions)

1 thought on “RI Folk Festival In Riverside”

  1. will jackson

    I can vouch for the new setting. The Roger Williams Memorial cramped the festival’s style, geographically speaking. The Riverside setting is grand, allowing for movement, stages set apart by a good distance; its basically a wide-open field. Also, anywhere that Kate Mick plays is where I show up!

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