For the next three months, Providence Public Library is celebrating the history of music in Rhode Island through DON’T STOP THE MUSIC!, a collaborative exhibition and program series. “From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence,” includes items from the library’s Rhode Island Collection, along with photographs, scrapbooks, posters, albums, and costumes from varied organizational and personal collections.
Library visitors can listen to local performers on CD or vinyl at listening stations, and can experience an interactive Rhode Island music history timeline at a kiosk. For those who can’t visit—that timeline, beginning with the first church organ in the state in 1733 and continuing through opera, swing, jazz, blues, and current genres, is available on the website.
The music programs and events officially kick off with the library’s annual gala, XANADU, on Friday, April 10th, featuring unique performances by Ten31 Productions and Chifferobe Events. Proceeds from the gala will support the library’s new youth program initiatives.
Other programs include a Rock n’ Roll Yard Sale during the citywide Providence International Arts Festival on June 13th, a weekend concert series featuring the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus (June 4-7), Steve Smith and the Nakeds (May 1), Natural Element (May 8), The American Band and the What Cheer Brigade (May 9), and Roz and the Rice Cakes, Megafauna and Classical High School’s Classical Gas! (June 19).
For a complete listing of programs and events—from classes and lectures to workshops and a film series—visit prov.pub/rimusic.