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FirstWorks Presents Bobby McFerrin at 2011/12 Season Finale

Buy your tickets now for An Evening With Bobby McFerrin at 7:30 PM, Thursday, May 10th at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. If you’re planning to stay overnight, consider a special package at the Hampton Inn in downtown Providence. For $299 plus tax, the package includes deluxe overnight accomodations for two, 2 tickets to the performance, a $100 gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory, a breakfast buffet for two, and valet parking for one car.

Best known for his celebrated hit, Don’t Worry, Be Happy, the ten-time Grammy Award winner has sold over twenty million albums. With his skill for playfully sparking audience participation, McFerrin has carved out a unique place in contemporary vocal performance. 

The Los Angeles Times writes, “Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”

With a comedian’s sense of timing, an unrestrained zany streak, and an infectious love of every genre of music, McFerrin creates a new kind of concert—not a “performance” but a communal sharing and celebration of music. For his FirstWorks concert, Bobby invites special guests bassist Jeff Carney and pianist Dan Nagel to the stage. 

FirstWorks is a non?profit arts organization committed to the power of firsts in the arts to transform community. Beginning with an unprecedented collaboration with Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, FirstWorks has produced 22 groundbreaking arts festivals, attracted more than 98,000 participants, presented over 345 international artists and innovators, engaged more than 100 nonprofit community organizations and schools, and grown into a multidimensional arts organization recognized with 13 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants.