Bring a blanket or grab one of our tables and chairs! The 2013 Season, curated by Jess Powers of WaterFire Providence, features a wide range of genres. New England abounds with talented musicians, and Providence in particular has a wealth of creativity right in our backyard.
Mark Cutler and the Men of Great Courage, Rootsy Rock n Roll
A mainstay of the local music scene and a long-standing career, Mark Cutler’s songs have been covered by rockers, cowpokes and punks. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. He spins tales about men who drink alone or hover over a lover. He sings stories about ghosts, midget wrestlers, walking in the woods, walking in the night, being remembered, just being alive and getting used to this. Like the character Travis Bickle, Mark will “play anywhere, anytime” Mark is joined by his band “The Men of Great Courage” featuring legendary musicians such as Jim Berger on Bass (bandmate from the Schemers), Rick Couto on drums (Rizzz), Bob Kirkman on banjo and guitar (Tumbleweed Connection) and Richard Reed on keys (Roomfull of Blues, Junior Walker and the Allstars, Earl King, Duke Robillard).
Sara Azriel: Soulful Singer/Songwriter
Sara Azriel is an eclectic singer and songwriter whose music combines the universality of pop, the sincerity of folk, and the richness of soul music. Born on the shores of Lake Michigan into a large musical family, Sara Azriel has criss-crossed the country pursuing her music. After a serendipitous move to Providence in 2012, her long-awaited album took shape and was released this past April to rave reviews.
In partnership with Greater Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Parks Department, and WaterFire, the Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series takes place by the fountain in the park and will run every Thursday through September 5. The Beer garden is open from 4:30 – 7:30pm with music from 5:30 -7pm. In addition to great local music, there are lawn games, local beer served by Trinity Brewhouse, and delicious offerings from local food trucks. This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages! Discount Parking at the Biltmore Garage, 51 Washington Street, is available from 5pm to 8pm, tickets will be validated at Burnside Park.