38th Annual HeritageFest scheduled for July 13-15, 2018
“A Townie Homecoming Weekend” featuring 3 days of non-stop music
East Providence, RI (April 25, 2018) – East Providence Heritage Days has designated July 13, 14, & 15, 2018 for the 38th Annual HeritageFest. The festival is free to the public with three days of non-stop music, food and fun for the whole family. HeritageFest is a regional destination event featuring some of the top local and regional musical acts. The festival will take place at Pierce Memorial Field, 201 Mercer St., East Providence.
The festival kicks off on Friday, July 13, 2018 with East Providence’s local rap star Brendan Rush followed by KISSNATION, the nationally acclaimed Kiss tribute. KISSNATION will perform an entire 2-hour Kiss concert. Performances will follow throughout the weekend, from 3pm to 11 pm on Saturday and from 1 to 10pm on Sunday.
Terry Sylvester, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former member of The Hollies will headline Saturday, July 14 with a concert at 9pm. Saturday’s lineup also includes performances by Bard The Band, renown slide guitarist Jon Emil, 8 Track Classics with The David Tessier All-Star Stars and The Pete Silva Project. Musicians featured at HeritageFest 2018 pull from a wide range of influences, including blues, soul, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, classic rock, Americana and more. On July 15 in collaboration with Eat Drink RI the festival will open with a “Sunday Jazz Brunch” from 1-2:30pm with the 17-member New Providence Big Band featuring Miss Katie Kleyla followed by The School of Rock-Seekonk House Band, The Legacy Band and Show, and Whole Lotta Heart. Headlining Sunday is the regionally acclaimed Beatles tribute, the Penny Lane Band. The HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery will showcase the works of area fine artists throughout Saturday and Sunday.
East Providence Heritage Days Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote knowledge of and education in the performing arts, the fine arts, and the visual arts through accessibility and affordability. Since its founding in 1981, EPHD Inc. has championed the arts in all forms. It has put a positive spotlight on the City by bringing numerous national and international artists in all genres to the historic Pierce Field venue for all to enjoy.
“We are very pleased to once again bring our hallmark event “HeritageFest-A Townie Homecoming Weekend” to our community”, says Clarence “Jr” Butler, Chairman. “This festival benefits the community in so many ways, it highlights our beautiful 25 acre park/city resource, our generous, warm, welcoming and multi-talented Townies, and it engages residents in the true spirit of volunteerism for the collective good. All profits go to fund next year’s Townie Homecoming!”