Music of Rhode Island
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- 1 Popular Music
- 2 Other music
- 3 Music festivals
- 4 List of popular musicians/bands from Rhode Island
- 5 References
- 6 Notes
- 7 External links
Providence, the state's capital, has a very strong local independent music scene, known especially for its contributions to the genre of noise rock, most notably the groups Lightning Bolt, Black Dice (who later re-located to New York City) and Arab on Radar.
Notable musicians who graduated Providence's Brown University include Wendy Carlos, Lisa Loeb, Mary Chapin Carpenter, OK Go singer, Damian Kulash, Duncan Sheik, and Will Oldham, who dropped out after one semester.
Newport has a much smaller scene, with Throwing Muses being its most successful rock band. The group formed in 1981 and recorded and toured until their hiatus in 2003. The band's lead guitarist and secondary songwriter, Tanya Donnelly also formed Belly, best known for their hit "Feed the Tree", which went to #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1994. Donnelly was also briefly guitarist for The Breeders.
The singing family The Cowsills, who had Top 40 hits from 1967 to 1969 also are from Newport
Rest of the state
Cape Verdean music
Of especial importance is the music of the large Cape Verdean population. Though Cape Verdean music is largely unknown outside of the expatriate community, Rhode Island is the acknowledged center for Cape Verdean morna and other styles in the United States.
In 1996, the state song of Rhode Island became "Rhode Island, It's for Me", which replaced "Rhode Island". "Rhode Island" became the official march of the state.
Rhode Island Philharmonic
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most influential music institutions in the state.
Newport Jazz Festival
The Newport Jazz Festival began in 1954 by George Wein and has been documented on recordings by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The 1958 festival was documented in the 1960 film Jazz on a Summer's Day. The festival moved to New York City in 1971. In 1985, the festival was revived in Newport as a JVC Jazz Festival.
Newport Folk Festival
The Newport Folk Festival began in 1959, co-founded by Jazz Festival founder George Wein. The festival is best known for the July 25, 1965 performance of Bob Dylan, where he performed for the first time with electric instruments. Like the Jazz Festival, the folk festival moved to New York City in 1971, but returned in 1986. Notable performers at the festivals included: Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Janis Ian, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, The String Cheese Incident, Indigo Girls and The Pixies
Newport Music Festival
The Newport Music Festival is a classical music festival that began in 1969 as a summer season of the Metropolitan Opera. The outdoor venue was not conducive to classical music performance, and instead the grand rooms of the stately Newport mansions were put to use for chamber music concerts. The early concerts utilized many members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mark P. Malkovich, III has been the general director for 31 of the 37 seasons. It has become known for giving young international artists, such as Inessa Galante, a venue for their American debut.
Sunset Music Festival
The Sunset Music Festival began in 1997 in Newport and has included performances by acts as varied as Saves the Day, Jason Mraz, Paula Cole, moe., Little Feat, Jack's Mannequin, Peter Frampton, Bo Bice, Bruce Hornsby, Guster, Something Corporate, Ben Folds (who has played at several festival), Better Than Ezra, Cheap Trick, Gin Blossoms and Anna Nalick and also local artists like Becky Chace, Zox and Monty Are I.
List of popular musicians/bands from Rhode Island
- Amazing Royal Crowns
- Angry Salad
- Arab on Radar
- Jon B.
- Dicky Barrett
- Black Dice (re-located to New York City)
- Blu Cantrell
- Wendy Carlos
- Combustible Edison
- Bill Conti
- The Cowsills
- Deer Tick
- Draco and the Malfoys
- Sage Francis
- Fang Island
- Foxtrot Zulu
- Get Him Eat Him
- Billy Gilman
- Scott Hamilton
- Kristin Hersh
- John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
- Les Savy Fav (re-located to New York City)
- Lightning Bolt
- The Low Anthem
- Monty Are I
- Jeffrey Osborne
- Plan 9
- Roomful of Blues
- Senior Discount
- Six Finger Satellite
- Someday Providence
- Throwing Muses
- Velvet Crush
- Vital Remains
- The Young Adults
- Byron, Janet (1996). Country Music Lover's Guide to the U.S.A. (1st ed. ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 178. ISBN 0-312-14300-1.
- Máximo, Susana and David Peterson (2000). "Music of Sweet Sorrow". In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.). World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East. London: Rough Guides. pp. 448–457. ISBN 1-85828-636-0.
- ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608002905/Will-Oldham.html
- ^ Máximo and Peterson, pgs. 448-457
- Roots Music in Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts
- Rhode Island Philharmonic
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