BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL
A down and dirty celebration of blues, beer, and BBQ, this one-day festival promises amped up musical powerhouses and a BBQ Alley serving up smoky favorites. Come enjoy music by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and more, paired with savory offerings and cold brews for a quality dose of southern hospitality right here on the RI waterfront!
Stay tuned as we add more performers to the fest!
EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION
Saturday, August 26th
Gates Open at 2pm | Music Starts at 2pm
Bold Point Park on the East Providence Waterfront!
Tickets on sale NOW – Click here to buy!
Or get them in person at:
Jordan’s Liquors: 199 Taunton Avenue East Providence | JordansLiquors.com
General Admission Tickets start at $21.75 | Reserved Seating Tickets start at $29.75
Re-entry is allowed throughout the day.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
“Though he enjoys the creativity of the recording process, Shepherd says the whole reason to make records is to do what he really loves, which is to play live shows.”
– Chicago Tribune
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre.
Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.
From television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (amongst others) to features in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Maxim Magazine, Blender, Spin, USA Today and more, his musical career has been nothing short of phenomenal.
At 16 years old, he signed his first record deal and burst onto the national scene with the release of his 1995 debut album Ledbetter Heights, which produced the radio hits “Deja Voodoo,” “Born with a Broken Heart” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” His relentless touring and success on rock radio helped to drive the album to Platinum sales status. His 1998 sophomore effort Trouble Is… also went Platinum, yielding such radio hits as “Blue on Black,” “True Lies” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” 1999’s Live On spawned the radio hits “In 2 Deep”, “Shotgun Blues” and “Last Goodbye.”
2004’s The Place You’re In was a blistering rock record and was followed up by 2007’s ambitious 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, for which Shepherd and his band traveled throughout the American South to record with such vintage blues greats as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards on their home turf. 2010 saw the release of Shepherd’s long-awaited first live album, Live! In Chicago, recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the all-star Legends tour and featuring guest appearances by such blues legends as Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, as did 2011’s How I Go. In 2013, Shepherd further expanded his musical horizons by teaming with veteran rockers Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Barry Goldberg to form THE RIDES, whose first album Can’t Get Enough helped to expand Shepherd’s audience as well as his musical resume. 2014 saw the release of Goin’ Home, Shepherd’s sixth # 1 debut on the Billboard Blues charts. Goin’ Home features several talented friends who shared Shepherd’s enthusiasm for the project’s back-to-basics ethos. Those guests include fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, longtime friend Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, the Rebirth Brass Band and co-producer Blade’s father, Pastor Brady Blade Sr., who lends a bracing dose of preaching to Shepherd’s version of Bo Diddley’s’ “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover.”
In 2016, Shepherd again teamed up with his friend Stephen Stills to record their 2nd record together with their band The RIDES. The record, Pierced Arrow, was released in the spring of 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and the band began a national tour.
Shepherd and his bands continue to tour the world extensively blazing a fresh trail for the historical American art form in the 21st Century.
Additional Artists Announced Soon!
BBQ ALLEY (FOOD & BEVERAGE)
We will have full bars featuring beer, bourbon, cocktails, wine and other offerings
Check back for updates on this year’s vendors. More info coming!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS AND WHEN IS WILL CALL OPEN?
A: It’s easy to grab your tickets! The fastest way to get your tickets is to order online and print them right at home.
To order by phone, call Ticketmaster 1.800.745.3000.
Get tickets in person at our advance box office location. Please click here for location and hours.
Day-of ticket sales will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning at 10am on the day of the event.
Will Call tickets will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning 1 hour prior to gates opening on the day of the event.
Q: I PURCHASED GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS. DO I HAVE A SEAT AT THE EVENT OR CAN I BRING A CHAIR OR BLANKET?
A: General admission is standing room only, however, you are welcome to bring a blanket or chair with you to enjoy the event from the general admission area of the venue.
Q: IS THIS AN ALL AGES EVENT?
A: Yes, this is an all ages event. However, all guests including children are required to have a paid ticket.
Q: IF IT RAINS, DOES THE EVENT GO ON?
A: Of course! The event is rain or shine and you are welcome to bring an umbrella if it does rain.
Q: HOW DO I GET TO THE EVENT, AND WHERE DO I PARK?
A: Click here for details on parking information.
Q: CAN I BRING A COOLER WITH FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EVENT?
A: While we don’t allow outside food and beverage to be brought into the event there will be plenty available for purchase. Additionally, we do not allow coolers or large bags into the event, primarily for safety purposes. Please click here to check out our Bold Point Park policies page for more details.
Q: WILL THERE BE BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Absolutely! We will have full bars featuring beer, cocktails, wine and other offerings.
Q: WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Of course! The BBQ Alley offers BBQ specialties and comfort food from RI food trucks – check the BBQ Alley section above for more details!
Q: CAN I RE-ENTER THE EVENT IF I LEAVE?
A: Yes! You will be able to re-enter the event throughout the day and night.
Q: ARE PETS WELCOME AT THE EVENT?
A: We love those furry friends, but unless they are certified assistance service animals unfortunately we cannot allow them inside the event.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND ALL OF THE EVENT POLICIES?
A. Click here for a full list of the event policies.
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