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Continuing to celebrate their 25th year of presenting folk and world music concerts to Aquidneck Island and East Bay communities, COMMON FENCE MUSIC kicks off its Winter/Spring 2018 season with shows featuring Latin artists at both their Portsmouth and Warren, RI venues.
On Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8pm, Boston-based Brazilian/American folk group SÓ SOL bring their vintage Tropicalia-meets-Americana sound to the CFM Warren Sessions stage at Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI. Formed eight years ago by the husband and wife duo of Jessica DaSilva (vocals, percussion, banjo) and John Garrett (vocal, guitar), the group performs original songs, transitioning effortlessly between lyrics in English and Brazilian Portuguese. Currently completed by Zach Bridges on the acoustic bass and J. Bruce Scott on the lap steel, Só Sol lull audiences with their tipsy vocals and echoes of psychedelia.
Opening the show for Só Sol is Rhode Island singer-songwriter and wordsmith GLENN THOMAS KENDZIA of alternative band Wild Sun. Glenn performs with an honesty and passion that speaks to audiences and artists alike. His deeply personal lyrics and musicianship as a guitarist have allowed Kendzia to share stages with such artists as Eve6, The Wombats, Blitzen Trapper, The Barr Brothers, Rubblebucket, Watsky, And the Kids and others.
Visit http://www.glennkendzia.com/ for more information about Glenn Thomas Kendzia.
Tickets to this performance are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm. This is a BYOB & Food event; other refreshments will be available for purchase. Hope & Main is fully accessible. For tickets and information, please visit www.CommonFenceMusic.org.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8pm, Common Fence Music present their first-ever VALENTINE’S LATIN DANCE NIGHT with ROBERTICO ARIAS Y SU ALEBREKE at their Portsmouth Mainstage, located at the Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Leading the live seven-piece ensemble is Dominican Latin percussionist, vocalist and bandleader Luis “Robertico” Arias, who has been performing professionally since his teens. He has toured internationally with such bands as Los Hijos del Rey, El Equipo de Dioni Pernandez, Boni Cepeda, The New York Band and La Gran Manzana, and recorded with such artists as David Byrne. Robertico is also a tireless educator, working with a wide range of students from elementary school-aged students in community music programs up to university students and adults, including students in Common Fence Music’s Connecting the Beats program. He and his band Alebreke have become Rhode Island institutions with their energy-filled performances of salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue. Audience members are invited to join us for a preshow salsa lesson with FloorTime studios dance instructor Sara Barker from 7:15-7:45pm. The lesson is free with admission. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Robertico-Y-su-Alebreke-320889444716298/?ref=nf for more information about Robertico Arias y su Alebreke.
Tickets to this performance are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 7:00pm. This is a BYOB & Food event; other refreshments will be available for purchase. The Common Fence Point Hall is fully accessible. For tickets and information, please visit www.CommonFenceMusic.org.
Following this exciting Latin weekend, the Common Fence Music Winter/Spring 2018 season continues with an eclectic array of talented artists from Rhode Island to Mali:
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
TRADITIONS FESTIVAL featuring Brenda Castles & Niamh Ní Bhríain, Otis Read with Cathy Clasper-Torch & Jim Corwin, and The Vox Hunters / Tickets: $20 in advance/$22 at the door
Fans of CFM’s retired Fiddlers & Fishermen program are sure to enjoy this evening of traditional songs from New England and Ireland, performed by both local and international artists. Award-winning concertina player Brenda Castles and harpist and vocalist Niamh Ní Bhríain will join us from Ireland, performing traditional tunes from home. Warren, RI-based mandolin and bouzouki artist Otis Read will be joined by Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle and Jim Corwin on guitar in a set of tunes from around New England. Young duo The Vox Hunters – Armand Aromin (fiddle, voice) and Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, vocals, guitar) – will perform Ocean State broadside ballads and other traditional tunes from Rhode Island.
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8pm @ Hope & Main, Warren
AMYTHYST KIAH w/Ian Fitzgerald / Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Alt-country blues singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah has a commanding stage presence that is matched only by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Equipped with a banjo, acoustic guitar and her scholarship of African-American roots music, this Johnson City, Tennessee-based artist’s eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music, inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s, and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity. Providence, RI-based folk artist Ian Fitzgerald opens the show.
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
ANAЇS MITCHELL / Tickets: $28 in advance, $31 at the door
Hailing from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry, the widely acclaimed Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell has been captivating audiences with her distinctive voice and skillful songwriting since her 2002 debut album. Mitchell manages to tackle themes relevant to the external landscape with the same emotional intimacy that she uses to describe her inner life.
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
TRIO DA KALI / Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from long lines of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians): vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of the legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; master balafonist Lassana Diabaté; and bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté (son of world-renowned Grammy-nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté). Though originally formed to participate on a collaborative project with The Kronos Quartet (resulting in the sublime 2017 release Ladilikan), the Trio’s collective talent and experience allows them to shine brilliantly on their own as they aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
WOODY PINES / Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Nashville troubadour Woody Pines first cut his teeth as a professional busker, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country, blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Woody traveled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs and “hillbilly boogie” sound, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right. These heavy rollicking street performances are the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun.
Friday, April 20, 2018, 8pm @ Hope & Main, Warren
DEAN FIELDS w/Kate Mick / Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Influenced by great songwriters like Jim Croce, James Taylor and Lucinda Williams, singer-songwriter Dean Fields has blended a mix of alternative folk and Americana with a hint of country to create a sound only unique to him. His natural and melancholy voice stands out from the mix. Truly in his element on stage, his live performances showcase his unassuming yet candid personality; an ‘ah shucks’ sort of charisma audiences are drawn to. Performing on banjo and voice, Warren, RI-based singer-songwriter Kate Mick will open the show.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
AN EVENING WITH MARY GAUTHIER / Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 at the door
Known for her painfully honest lyrics and tender melodies, folk artist Mary Gauthier has found songwriting to be a source of healing and strength, helping her to move beyond her troubled past. After twenty years of successfully attracting audiences with her award-winning music and relatable candor and poeticism, Gauthier will be performing in support of one of her most important albums to date. All eleven songs on her January 2018 release Rifles and Rosary Beads have been co-written with and for wounded veterans as part of Darden Smith’s five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program – eleven of the nearly 400 songs that have been written through the program.
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8pm @ Common Fence Point Hall, Portsmouth
JEFFREY FOUCAULT & KRIS DELMHORST / Tickets $25 in advance, $28 at the door
Though married since 2004, acclaimed folk artists Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst have largely built their careers separately. Wisconsin-bred Foucault is known for his lean country-folk aesthetic and songwriting talents that are hailed as among the best of his generation; Brooklyn-raised songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Delmhorst has built a broad and eclectic repertoire of folk and rock originals that showcase her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open vocals. Recently, however, the pair took to the road together for the first time in support of Delmhorst’s October 2017 release, The Wild¸ which also marks the couples’ first foray into the studio together. Featuring two distinct sets of music, this concert offers a rare and intimate performance by two of the country’s foremost songwriters.
Friday, May 18, 2018, 8pm @ Hope & Main, Warren
ARTISTS ANNOUNCED SOON! / Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door
For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit CommonFenceMusic.org, or call (401)683-5085.