Don't Stop The Music Rocks The Library

From exhibits to live performances, the library is anything but quiet this spring.


After binging on the classic sounds brought to you by Record Store Day last month, you’re probably hankering for some live music to round out your palate. Thankfully the Providence Public Library will be collaborating with a host of local artists to create Don’t Stop the Music, a genre-spanning exhibition of RI’s music over the next two months (Check their website for a complete listing of events). Along with a static gallery showing off the evolution of local music through posters, albums, costumes and more, there will be live music and film screenings throughout the month.

Kicking things off will be the iconic Steve Smith and the Nakeds with a night of R&B stylings on May 1, followed by Reggae with Natural Element on May 8. The What Cheer? Brigade will be busting down the doors the next day with an upbeat brass selection accompanied by the American Band, one of the oldest running bands in the country. The library will cool down over the next week with a smooth blend of folk and jazz before heating up again to the sound of Beta Motel’s electronica and dance music. Opera and choral groups including Opera Providence and the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus will wrap things up before Roz and the Rice Cakes return from their national tour to finish the exhibition with their unique brand of spacey indie-prog.

Don't Stop the Music
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street, 455-8000