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Creole Soul & Carnival this Sunday with Etienne Charles

FirstWorks Live Music at Roger Williams Park Etienne Charles August 15 at 5 PM

If any single musical artist today can embody the rich spectrum of Caribbean musical traditions, it is Etienne Charles. Charles and his band bring “Creole Soul” and the sounds of his newest album “Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1” to the FirstWorks Live stage, leading an excursion into the varied acoustic sounds, grooves, chants and rituals of his native Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.

Shake off those blues and celebrate with the sounds, ideas and spirit of Carnival this Sunday, August 15 at Roger Williams Park:

Becky Bass, Etienne Charles, Gabriel David Alexis
PVDFest Ideas Panel Discussion: The Legacy of J’ouvert in Carnival
1:30-2:15 PM
Outside of the Roger Williams Park Casino
Etienne Charles and his band performing at PVDFest 2017
Workshop: Carnival Music with Etienne Charles and his band
2:15-3:00 PM
Roger Williams Park Bandstand
Becky Bass playing the steel pan
Workshop: The Steel Pan from J’ouvert to Carnival with Becky Bass
4:00-4:45 PM
Outside of the Roger Williams Park Casino
Providence Drum Troupe
Performance: Providence Drum Troupe
4:00-5:00 PM
In between the Roger Williams Park Casino and Bandstand
Etienne Charles
Performance: Etienne Charles
Creole Soul
5:00-6:00 PM
Roger Williams Park Bandstand
Learn more about these free events on our website

Due to an increase in the regional spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, masks are strongly recommended for all attendees.*

In the event of rain, Etienne Charles’ concert and related Carnival events will take place inside the Roger Williams Park Casino instead of outside and at the Bandstand. Space is limited, first come first served and masks are required for indoor events.

FirstWorks and Roger Williams Park are committed to following the State of Rhode Island’s guidance on COVID-19 precautions. Patrons are encouraged to view the latest state guidelines at as guidance develops.

*To best protect others, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends that you continue to wear a mask outdoors in crowded settings and indoors near unvaccinated people you don’t live with. RIDOH also recommends that you continue to stay at least three feet apart from unvaccinated people you don’t live with.

Map and Directions to Roger Williams Park Bandstand
RIPTA via route 6 | Prairie / Roger Williams Park (note Sunday bus schedule)
Check out this self-guided bike route on the free Ride Spot app*
Downtown PVD to RWP Bandstand
*Bike routes courtesy of Providence Streets Coalition. The Ride Spot app is available for free download on the Apple and Google Play stores.
FirstWorks Live-Music at Roger Williams Park summer concert series is presented in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department.
Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Providence Parks Department
Dates and times are subject to change – rain dates will be announced
A PVDFest Summer Happening
Providence Tourism Council
Special thanks to Providence Tourism Council for generous support of FirstWorks Live—Music at Roger Williams Park