”Michelle Cruz has a Billie Holiday soul and the wonderful Cape Verdean flavor of Cesaria Evora...”-CVN
MICHELLE CRUZ is a singer/songwriter who blends jazz, folk and rock in her music. Named “Sultry” by the Jeff Buckley International Newsletter, Michelle (a 3 time Motif Music Awards nominee) has opened for Judy Collins, appeared at WXPN’s World Cafe Live and was asked to pay tribute to the late folk legend Odetta at a 2010 MLK Jr. Day Celebration.
Michelle recently landed in the Top 15 for the Lilith Fair Local Talent Search. She has been featured in print media including Sodade (Cape Verde) and Blurt magazines. Michelle has also made several appearances on Fox's morning show, “The Rhode Show”.
Michelle was recently signed to the Nevaeh Recordings Label (NYC) and nominated for a 2011 New England Urban Music Award in the jazz category. Cruz's songs from her newly released album, “The Recovery”, have been receiving radio attention most recently from programs like “Venus Sings Radio” and other stations such as Boston's Touch 106.1FM and MVY Radio.
An Algonquin Drum Group from Woonsocket/Providence RI that does performances, collaborations and powwows all over the world. The Eastern Medicine Singers are dedicated to keeping the eastern woodlands indigenous culture alive. Eastern Medicine Singers sing and drum in the language of Massachuset & Wampanoag dialect, writing and composing their own original music traditional and contemporary.
They honor Clinton Lightning Foot Wixon, Donald Three Bears Fisher and Julieann Jenniings all speakers of their language. They also honor past Eastern drums Nipmuc Turtle Drum and Full Circle Drum.
Eastern Medicine Singers have 6 CD's:
Tribal Echo's of the Past, Kutche, Nukone Mayash, Bring on the Thunder, Old School Eastern and On The Powwow Trail.
They also have DVD's of Cu Dubh & Eastern Medicine Singers at CT REN Faire 2014 and Eastern Medicine Singers with Boston Conservancy Orchestra. Their newest DVD, Warrior Culture, is with Cu Dubh at Maryland REN Faire 2015.
Dan Lilley and The Keepers is a classic and original rock band with influences that include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, and The Kinks. The group is comprised of 4 RI music veterans: Dan Lilley on vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, and songwriting; Mike “Scatman” Sullivan on lead guitar and background vocals; Kenn Reynolds on bass guitar and background vocals; and Gary St. Germaine on drums. performance will feature Amy Bedard on violin and vocals.
RI music fans will remember Kenn Reynolds and Gary St. Germaine as the rhythm section for the legendary band Rizzz, a mainstay on the Rhode Island club scene throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. Kenn and Gary were recently honored, along with their former bandmates, when Rizzz was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in May of 2017.
Dan Lilley and Mike “Scatman” Sullivan have been playing together since the early 80’s in several bands including Tyger Tyger, The Flying Ditchdiggers, and Lovetrain. Nowadays the two can be seen most weekends playing folk, rock, and blues as the duo, Dan Lilley and Scatman.
Dan and Gary are also members of the award winning Neil Young Tribute band, Forever Young for the past several years. Since their formation in 2011.
Well stablished as solo performers in their home state of Rhode Island, Tracie Potochnik and Steve Allain joined forces in 2014 to form Cardboard Ox. The duo is known for sweet and soulful harmonies, thoughtful musicianship, and lyrical storytelling. Cardboard Ox will once again be the Providence Folk Festival Main Stage hosts!
An award winning, three piece, original, pop rock band made up of three of Rhode Island’s well known talents. Their reputation of beautiful harmonies, retro feel and unique pop style have made them well known in the Southern New England area. From alternative pop, to retro rock, to haunting waltzes, you don’t want to miss the pure essence of natural talent, visual and aural beauty in their live performances.
SwampBirds merge folk music, rock and poetry down a marshy, laid-back river of pedal steel eddies, percussive undercurrents, reedy vocals and banjo echoes. Wallow with us awhile. Jen Long (guitar, vocals), Kate Mick (banjo, vocals), Jennifer Jane (backup vocals), Brian Jablonski (pedal steel guitar, vocals), Pedro Weinberg (drums, vocals).
Peace Collective is Al Olsen (guitar), Autumn Francesca (percussion), and Devin Bender (ukulele). Together they share the same heartfelt goal in spreading peace to the world through music with their songs about freedom, love and the environment. Devin Bender also performs and records his own music outside of Peace Collective.
Lisa Couto is a singer/songwriter from RI whose eclectic style incorporates Pop, R&B, Rock and folk influences. In 2013, she was recognized as “Female Vocalist of the Year” by Motif Magazine. She has released 3 CDs, most recently (in 2013) an album entitled "Not Going Under". She has been compared to Sheryl Crowe, Eva Cassidy and even Alicia Keys. She will be accompanied by Erik Peterson on keys and Don Morton on percussion.
Joint Chiefs are a side project featuring current and past members of the Neil Young tribute band Forever Young. Pete Vendettuoli, Sean Finnerty and Gary St.Germain are the current members, John Amitrano is a former member and Selena Wilson is the only non FY member. Selena is a member of She's Busy and also performs with Sean Finnerty in a duo. The band is focusing on the original material of Pete Vendettuoili and Sean Finnerty. They have an Americana, folk rock sound.
A unique folk quartet noted for tight vocal harmonies and soothing acoustics with guitar, ukulele and percussion. How's About Charlie music can be playful, earnest, serious, confused, at times angry and frustrated. Our work is honest, empowering, and true. We want to highlight the authenticity of holding multiple emotions, realities, and perspectives while empowering women through our music to take charge and speak up about their experiences.
Allysen Callery is a critically acclaimed and international recording artist from Bristol , RI, she is often compared to late British artists Sandy Denny and Nick Drake . She makes Quiet music for a loud world.
Avi Jacob is a New England based folksinger, performing as well as writing for other artists. In addition to his own tours, Avi has supported artists such as Dr. John, the Lone Bellow, & SUSTO. He believes in people over profits, Black lives matter, and that gender is an antiquated construct.
Andrew Victor has shared bills in the U.S. and Europe with Sharon Van Etten, Alela Diane, and Damien Jurado. He has been touring and releasing albums for over 17 years. He is based in Rhode Island.
Dan Blakeslee began playing his music on street corners and subway tunnels in 1995 eventually leading him to tour cross country several times. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier. He has shared the stage with Josh Ritter, Old 97's, Kimya Dawson, The Lumineers, Brown Bird, Deer Tick, and Dawes to name a few.
Kim’s Moberg is originally from Juneau Alaska and is a self taught musician. Kim’s mighty pen is a source of amazing material that bridges the past with the future. She brings stories to life.
Allison Rose is who you’d get if Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, and a Disney Princess all had a baby together. A RI-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she writes honest, heartfelt songs that will punch you in the gut, and shares them with authenticity and sense of humor to create a connecting musical experience.
Karen Zanes is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Boston/Cambridge area. Blending elements of psychedelia and folk.
Jacob Haller has been playing around Rhode Island in bands and by himself for over a decade. If you're looking for songs about robots, relationships gone bad, and cats, then you've come to the right place!
While not out playing solo shows, Anthony Loffredio also fronts the local band Barn Burning. His music has been described as “wandering and detached,” “otherworldly yet touched by a rural earthiness.” His solo work is a more Lo-Fi affair, influenced by the sounds of backwards delay and the static of broken radio signals.
Singer-songwriter pianist Linda Marks, featured in the Boston Globe and NPR, known for her heart-to-heart style, is joined by singer-songwriter guitarist Mark Bishop Evans, whose songs are lyrically rich in emotional content and melodically comfortable like a favorite jacket. The result is a heartful tapestry of harmony and song.