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A little laughter and a lot of music will fill the Narragansett Community Center this summer as Congregation Beth David presents an exciting series that kicks off with a comedy night on June 16, featuring a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and a legendary Boston comedian known as a master of dialects and character voices.
Later this summer, July 28, Congregation Beth David (CBD) will present multi-Grammy winner Tom Chapin, and on August 25 well-known troubadour Jonathan Edwards, known for numerous songs, including “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence first released in 1971.
Kicking off the series on June 16 will be Kerri Louise, a Last Comic Standing finalist, who has also appeared on Comedy Central, The View, and NBC’s Access Hollywood. Joining her is Steve Sweeney, who has performed with Jay Leno, and appeared on major television shows, including David Letterman, Comedy Central, and Evening at the Improv.
All three shows will be held at the Narragansett Community Center, 53 Mumford Road, Narragansett. All three start at 7:30 p.m. Series tickets are available for $100, or tickets for individual shows may be purchased for $30 for the comedy night, and $40 for each of the musical performances.
Tickets can be purchased online at Congregation Beth David’s website, www.cbdri.org, or by calling the Temple at 401-789-3437.
COMEDY NIGHT, Saturday, June 16
Born in Charlestown, Steve Sweeney is a legendary Boston comedian known as a master of dialects and character voices. Steve learned his craft at the world-famous Ding Ho Comedy Club, where he performed with Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary, Jay Leno, and others.
He has been featured on major television shows, including David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home, Comedy Central, and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under.
Steve is a successful actor and has appeared in many Hollywood films, including The Forger (2014); The Equalizer (2014); Me, Myself & Irene (2000); There’s Something About Mary (1998); Next Stop Wonderland (1998); Southie (1998); Celtic Pride (1996); and Back to School (1986).
High-energy, commanding and versatile — Kerri Louise can entertain any audience with her warmth and razor-edge wit. Kerri was a regular correspondent on the Oprah Winfrey Show, she was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, appeared on TV Guide’s Stand-Up In Stilettos, NBC’s The Apprentice, The Montel Show, Nickelodeon’s Nick Mom Night Out, Comedy Central, NBC’s Access Hollywood, ABC’s The View, among others.
TOM CHAPIN – Saturday, July 28
In a career that spans five decades, 25 albums, and three GRAMMY awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. Besides his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Tom has acted on Broadway and worked extensively in films, television, and radio. As a music-maker, he has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. In both roles, Tom has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. His infectious songs, sterling musicianship, and personal warmth consistently shine through.
The New York Times called Tom “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music,” while Billboard called him “the best family artist around” and described him as “totally captivating.”
He began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers. In 1971, he began a five-year run as the host of the Emmy- and Peabody award-winning ABC-TV children’s series Make A Wish.
Jonathan Edwards – Saturday, August 25
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, Jonathan simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”
The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
Since 1971, Jonathan has released 17 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, and his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.
His newest album, Tomorrow’s Child, is his 17th.