The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns for their eleventh concert at Ballard Park on Wednesday, July 22nd from 10 to 11 am. Photo by Jennifer Carter.
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Jenkins Construction’s Music Month at Ballard Park is set to close with a double header on Wednesday, July 26th with a 10 am concert by the Toe Jam Puppet Band and local reggae band, The Ravers, taking the stage from 7 to 8:30 pm.

A favorite for children and adults, the Toe Jam Puppet Band offers a special brand of hands-on entertainment through original songs, shadow puppetry and storytelling.  They incorporate bubbles, hula hoops, squirt guns, costumes and more to get kids movin’ and groovin’.  July 26th marks the bands 11th performance at Ballard Park.

The Ravers have been rocking Rhode Island for twenty-nine years and are making their first appearance at Ballard Park.  The family-friendly reggae show from 7 to 8:30 pm features singer Carey Bowman, Adam Aleicho on guitar, Ray Gennari on bass, Doug Ernest on drums, Mike Dansereau on keys, Dan Moretti on saxophone and Doug Woolverton on trumpet.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 10 to 11 am – Jenkins Construction presents A Concert by The Toe Jam Puppet Band

Celebrating their eleventh appearance at Ballard Park, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, shadow puppetry and storytelling.

Seating is on the grass – bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use 21 Hazard Road entrance. FREE

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 7 to 8:30 pm – Jenkins Construction presents A Concert by The Ravers

They’ve been rocking Rhode Island for 29 years!  Newport’s favorite reggae band:  The Ravers!  Carey Bowman will be rocking the vocals with Adam Alechio on guitar, Ray Gennari on bass, Doug Ernest on drums, Mike Dansereau on keys, Dan Moretti on sax and Doug Woolverton on trumpet.

Seating is on the grass – bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use 21 Hazard Road entrance. FREE

The concerts will be held in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow off of Hazard Road. Seating for all concerts is on the grass so event goers are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chair on which to sit. There is rugged terrain so sturdy shoes are also recommended. Picnic dinners are welcome.

Parking is available on Hazard Road.  Enter at 21 Hazard Road.  Please allow ten to fifteen minutes to park and make your way to the quarry meadow.

Jenkins Construction Music Month is one of a series of free events held at Ballard Park this summer.  The series is also sponsored by AARP Rhode Island, Kiki Finn, Nina Bestoso Poanessa, and Ken and Tia Scigulinsky with support from KVH Industries, Salve Regina University, TJ Brown Landscape and lawyer Turner Scott.

Friends of Ballard Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and maintaining Newport’s Only Nature Preserve. Cultural events and educational programming help to advance stewardship of the park and decrease negative park activities.

Visit www.ballardpark.org or call 401-619-3377 for more information.

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