The following was contributed by David Lopes, who is helping coordinate music and entertainment for the 2019 Broadway Street Fair, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th.
Now in its 4th year, the Broadway Street Fair celebrates the heart of Newport where locals go to have a good time! In 2018, more than 15,000 people packed Broadway and celebrated the diversity that Newport is known for.
Last year, we added the BEYOND BROADWAY party to keep the festivities going after hours. Breweries, wineries, food trucks and entertainers took over the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House for a great mix of local flavors, sights and sounds.
This year we’re taking it a step further with a free afternoon concert featuring Neal and The Vipers, in addition to exclusive ticketed evening show featuring Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Inductees Steve Smith and the Nakeds! Opening is the hugely popular high energy Down City Band. Get ready to kick up your heels for a night of dancing and fun!
Steve Smith, born in 1951 and hailing from Smithfield, Rhode Island grew up in a musical family. Steve is first cousins with another RI Legend by the name of John Cafferty. They spent their summers together down at Roy Carpenter’s Beach in Matunuck RI, where Steve was introduced to performing and singing at the family’s nightly talent shows in front of the refrigerator of their beach shack. Early in his formative years, he was exposed to soul music and fell in love with the idea of playing in a “horn band”. Even though his generation was so fully immersed in the culture of the British invasion, Steve always longed for the sound of a high energy soulful horn band. In forming the long running Nakeds, Steve has achieved that dream and more, including playing and performing with his friend, the late great Clarence Clemons from the E – Street Band. Steve and the Nakeds were inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Steve returned to his Roy Carpenter Beach roots this summer in July for a very energetic concert at the community hall pavillion. Steve knew that Peter Farrelly, a long time fan was going to attend the show with a guest. Indeed, all Rhode Islanders love the film Dumb and Dumber which is one of his signature movies. What Steve did not know is that the special guest was the great Bill Murray, a fun guy known for popping in on events from time to time…
Bill requested the song “Gloria” which is not one of the bands regular numbers, The Nakeds rose to the occasion and pulled off a very credible version with Mr. Murray on vocals that was widely shared on social media. Steve and the Nakeds continue to stay in the limelight by performing great music that gets the audience up and dancing. It’s a wonderful addition to the annual Broadway Street Fair, this year having “hall of fame” performances by Neal and the Vipers and Steve and the Nakeds for the community.
Tickets for the Beyond Broadway Party are discounted at $22 in advance and can be found at this link on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-broadway-2019-tickets-72184388449