Blackstone Parks Conservancy

Summer Concert Series Project

Summer Concert at the Trolley Shelter

Warm summer evenings with music in the air….  For the past two years the Conservancy has partnered with local organizations and businesses to create a series of free outdoor concerts on the Boulevard. The trolley shelter on the Boulevard has been transformed into a successful community gathering place, with extensive structural restoration in 2009 and a new garden in 2010.  Most of the concerts have been held on weekday evenings, taking advantage of cooler temperatures and long summer days.  Diverse musical genres have entertained a wide range of listeners from babies to retirees,  and part of the fun has been mixing with other concert-goers, be they families enjoying a picnic, couples on a date, or joggers pausing in their workout.   Some people just listen or dance, others bring snacks and still others take advantage of the enterprising food vendors who appear along the roads.  Behind the scenes, the Parks Department helps set up the site, police details slow car traffic, and volunteers set up chairs and assist the musicians.  It all comes together for a unique celebration of summer in the city.  The Conservancy hopes to continue this very popular series this summer and beyond: stay tuned to the Events page for updates.

Concert MusicianPast Concerts

Summer 2009
sponsor: Whole Foods of Waterman Street.

  • Aurea Performance Ensemble
  • Gypsy Connection’s Gypsy Jazz
  • Kavi Carbone, Muiscal Storyteller
  • Tish Adams

Summer 2010
sponsor:  Butler Hospital

  • Mike Miller Band—Rock, Country, Soul, and more!
  • Aurea, Strings and Chris Turner’s Harmonicas
  • Latin  Jazz Band;
  • Gnomes Folk group
  • Duke Ellington Tribute Band
  • Aurea
  • RI Philharmonic Youth orchestra, story teller and more
  • Fun Family Music and story telling