FirstWorks Summer Beats concert series is back

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concert Series Flawless Hip-Hop July 24, DakhaBrakha 8/7, William Cepeda Afro-Rican Jazz August 14
Experience free, globe-spanning Afro-Rican jazz, hip-hop, and Ukrainian roots music performances this summer! Read on to check out our lineup…
A young man wearing a black t-shirt and gold necklace shows tattoos on his forearms

Rhode Island’s own rap and hip-hop phenomenon is back to lay down the real talk at The People’s Park!

From opening for Wu Tang, Ludacris and other giants, to his breakout TV performance as a finalist on the 2019 Netflix reality competition series, “Rhythm N’ Flow,” Flawless proves that many are manufactured, but few are born with it. His hard work, dedication, and drive have earned him a key to this city – let’s welcome him back with his band for an unforgettable free outdoor celebration of lyricism and drive.

July 24, 6 PM

Roger Williams Park Bandstand

Visit our website to learn more about Flawless
Three woman and a man wearing traditional Ukranian dress in red, black and white. The women wear tall black fur hats

«it’s hard not to get caught up in the magic… utter brilliance.” -NPR’s Bob Boilen

A sonic feast as well as a visual spectacle, Kyiv’s DakhaBrakha weaves ancient Ukrainian folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces indie rock, pop, hip-hop, the avant-garde, and traditional instrumentation from around the world. With the current war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, DakhaBrakha has taken on the mission of cultural ambassador, celebrating national pride in uncertain times through the limitless power of music.

August 7, 6 PM

Location and details TBA

Visit our website to learn more about DakhaBrakha
A man wearing a straw hat and linen jacket playing the trombone

Celebrate the heritage of Puerto Rican music and its African roots.The four-time Grammy-nominated trombonist brings his revolutionary seven-piece Afro-Rican Jazz band to the FirstWorks stage. A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, Cepeda has created a new shade of jazz with a hip flavor, blending Puerto Rican roots, folk, progressive jazz and world music.

August 14, 6 PM

Roger Williams Park Bandstand

Visit our website to learn more about William Cepeda