TWO FREE PERFORMANCES THIS THURSDAY!
From 5 to 7pm, raise your life force with Roberto Arias y su Alebreke – a seven-piece Latin band bringing salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue to Dexter Park – during our West Side Thursdays summer concert series in partnership with the City of Providence. This event also features kids crafts & games courtesy of The Feast.
After the concert, enjoy Trinity Repertory Company's Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer) with a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of The Tempest / La Tempestad in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts (performance rescheduled from June).
Set against the backdrop of the Armory Farmers Market, West Side Thursdays – now in its 15th year – is WBNA's free and family-friendly destination event that takes place over several Thursdays in early summer, and features live music, activities for kids, the Armory Market Beer Garden, rentable bocce ball and chess sets, food trucks/vendors, and more!
West Side Thursdays bring neighbors together while showcasing local artists and musicians, and are a great way to let off a little summer steam. For a full schedule of performances and events, go here.
July 19 Schedule
Roberto Arias y su Alebreke + Kids Crafts & Games by The Feast
+ Trinity Rep's The Tempest / La Tempestad
Armory Farmers Market
Trinity Repertory's English-Spanish bilingual performance of La Tempestad / The Tempest
about Roberto Arias y su Alebreke
Roberto Arias y su Alebreke is a seven-piece ensemble led by Dominican Latin percussionist and vocalist Luis “Robertico” Arias, who has been performing professionally since his teens. He has toured internationally with such bands as Los Hijos del Rey, El Equipo de Dioni Pernandez, Boni Cepeda, The New York Band and La Gran Manzana, and recorded with such artists as David Byrne. Robertico is also a tireless educator, working with a wide range of students from elementary school-aged students to university students and adults. He and his band Alebreke have become Rhode Island institutions with their energy-filled performances of salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue.
West Side Thursdays is made possible by a grant from the City of Providence and with support from our sponsors, and is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza's 2018 Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative. Poster design by Jimmy Lazer.
about The Tempest / La Tempestad
Trinity Repertory Company's Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer) premieres a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA). Adapted by Orlando Hernandez and directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo, the production will tour throughout Providence from June 28-July 27, 2018. All performances are free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.
A not-so-accidental storm causes a shipwreck on a mysterious island, populated only by the deposed duke Prospero, his daughter, and magical spirits. What starts out as Prospero’s pursuit of vengeance becomes a fantastical and whimsical story of love and reconciliation.
Shakespeare en el Verano at West Side Thursdays is made possible by the Trinity Repertory Company and Rhode Island Latino Arts, and is supported in part by the Providence Tourism Council and by Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.