FirstWorks Live–Music at Roger Williams Park Concert Series Continues with Etienne Charles

The free event will feature performances as well as educational workshops for guests to enjoy.

Trinidad-born jazz trumpet player Etienne Charles will provide toe-tapping music with his band during the FirstWorks Live–Music at Roger Williams Park concert series. Photo courtesy of

Put on your dancing shoes and head over to Roger Williams for a day full of music and fun; you may even learn something new along the way. FirstWorks Live–Music at Roger Williams Park is a free concert series happening on August 15 and will feature Trinidad-born jazz trumpet player Etienne Charles. Charles, along with his band, will be bringing the sounds of their newest album Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1 to the stage.

The day will consist of multiple free activities for guests to explore, starting off with a PVDFest Ideas panel discussion on The Legacy of J’ouvert in Carnival. The panel will take place outside of the Roger Williams Park Casino at 1:30 p.m. and will include discussions from Etienne Charles, Gabriel “David” Alexis and Becky Bass about the legacy of J’ouvert.

Charles and his band will also be leading a workshop at 2:15 p.m. that explores the music of Carnival. Guests will learn about instruments, rhythms and how it all works together. This event will take place at the Roger Williams Park Bandstand.

Later on at 4 p.m., two-time New England Urban Music Award winner Becky Bass will lead a workshop on The Steel Pan from J’ouvert to Carnival outside of the Roger Williams Park Casino. Attendees of this workshop are encouraged to bring their percussion instruments and participate in the interactive workshop.

Also at that time, the Providence Drum Troupe will put on a show featuring acrobats, fire arts, stilt walkers, hoopers, lasers and dancers. This performance will lead straight into the headline performance by Etienne Charles.

In the event of rain, the concert as well as the events leading up to it will take place inside the Roger Williams Park Casino as opposed to at the bandstand and casino lawn. Space will be limited and given on a first come first serve basis. Masks will be strongly encouraged for any indoor event that may take place.

Roger Williams Park Bandstand, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-421-4278,



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