Downtown Sundown Concert Series: July 26th
Hear In Rhode Island and Roger Williams National Memorial will present several evenings of music featuring local singer-songwriters as part of the Downtown Sundown Series. Experience an “outdoor coffeehouse”. Performers on July 12th include Jesse and Jack Gauthier, Dan Lilley and Scatman, Lisa Markovich, and Bethel Steele.
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic dinner and sit on the lawn at the beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy FREE concerts by some of the best songwriters Rhode Island has to offer. There is limited parking at the park, but plenty of street parking and pay lots. All ages are welcome to the Downtown Sundown concerts!
About Jesse and Jack Gauthier: The Jesse Liam Band is led by Jesse Liam Gauthier, a 23-year-old Rhode Island College graduate, and his father Jack, a Grammy-nominated recording engineer and former producer of Dispatch who also manages blues legend Duke Robillard. With their signature family-harmony sound on display, Jesse and Jack perform as a duo or with a full band alongside keyboardist, Matt Dube, and drummer, Dan Hann. Their deep catalog of cover songs spans popular music from the Everly Brothers and Beatles to the current charts including Jason Mraz, Train, Bruno Mars, and more.
About Dan Lilley and Scatman: Dan Lilley is a longtime local songwriter and bandleader. Over the years he has performed as a solo performer and member of RISA. He is part of RI favorite Neil Young Tribute Band ~ Forever Young and has fronted many bands such as original bands Tyger Tyger, The Flying Ditchdiggers, and Lovetrain. Although Lovetrain is currently not performing, Dan continues to keep the music alive and now plays steadily with guitarist Mike “Scatman” Sullivan By constantly learning and writing new songs Dan and Mike keep the music fresh and exciting, both for themselves and for their audiences.
About Lisa Markovich: Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde came together in 2000. Initially, Beyond Blonde was a female trio made up of Lisa Markovich, Donna Compos and Joyce Sampson. The accidental female trio continued on until William “Suekey” Sukeforth (lead guitarist) joined the band in May 2003. Beyond Blonde mixed originals and cover tunes and made quite a name for themselves in the New England area playing the club circuit, festivals opening for Joan Jett, The Spinners, among others. In 2010, Lisa changed her music goals. Stopping the cover music/club scene, Lisa’s focus is once again on writing, recording and performing her original music working with a new group of musicians: Mike Kaczmarzyk (bass), Angela DeFazio (drums), Chris Vital (guitar), Michael Markovich (bass), Gary Ross (guitar/keys), and Mick Coste (drums).
About Bethel Steele: Bethel Steele is an Americana-inspired singer-songwriter who calls Boston, Massachusetts home. Bethel’s smoky alto and playing style – which ranges from driving rhythm guitar to delicate finger-picking – evokes a wide range of emotions. John Apice, a reviewer for NoDepression.com says this about Bethel’s writing: “Steele knows how to tell a great story, adorn it in bright musical colors and deliver confidently [with a] deep, beautiful cognac flavored voice surrounded by a wealth of original material. Bethel is confident and sings with authority… Bethel has pencil sharpened and sees what many other artists seem to miss.”