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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

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The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (7:10pm) and remain lit until MIDNIGHT.

Music Program (Mobile Version)

Tonight’s sponsors are: Rhode Island Hospital Celebrating 150 Years of Caring, the Rhode Island Hospital Guild & The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University & National Grid


Rhode Island Hospital

RI Hospital Guild




“This is a very big year for Rhode Island Hospital,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president of Rhode Island Hospital and president and chief executive officer of Lifespan. “And I can’t think of a better way to bring our 150th anniversary celebration to the community than by partnering with WaterFire. It is a uniquely Rhode Island event, a wonderful and well- known artistic display, and we are thrilled to be part of it.”



Brown Alpert Medical School



“I am very pleased that Alpert Medical School is co-sponsoring WaterFire with our principal teaching partner, Rhode Island Hospital, on September 7, 2013.  Together we are working towards a healthier Rhode Island!”  – Jack A. Elias, MD, dean of medicine and biological sciences, Brown University



National Grid



“National Grid strongly supports WaterFire and all that it means for Providence and Rhode Island,” said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid in Rhode Island. “This signature event has become a leading contributor to the vitality of our economy as it continues to gain international recognition while drawing thousands of visitors who might otherwise not have visited the region.”


WaterFire Schedule for September 7th, 2013

2:00pm – 12:00am Redfork Embassy to Steampunk at the Old Stone Bank

A gallery show like none other!  This creative placemaking project of WaterFire brings the historic Old Stone Bank back to life with a host of artwork and SteamPunk inspired characters.  WaterFire has transformed the historic bank, the gold-domed Providence landmark, into an art gallery and performance space where artists throughout the region will showcase their interpretation of Steampunk art in this singular venue worthy of such an occasion. Featuring performances by Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and Big Nazo’s Call of Cthulhu Opera.

5:00pm – 11:30pm – The WaterFire Store

The WaterFire Store on Canal Street, buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning.

5:00pm – 1:00am – Experience RI WaterFire Shuttle at the corner of Washington & North Main Streets.

Experience_RI_Logo-(1)Forego the hassle of parking downtown on busy Saturday nights. The folks over at Experience RI have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night. Once on board you will be taken to the most popular attractions around the city, including WaterFire, Providence Performing Arts Center, Trinity Repertory Theater, Federal Hill, Thayer Street, and much more! Starting Saturday, September 7, 2013 through November 9, 2013, Experience RI will donate $5.00 to WaterFire Providence for every $10 adult ticket sold on its hop on, hop off shuttle service running on WaterFire nights. Additionally, Experience RI will be donating $1 for every ticket sold through November 9, 2013 for Saturday Night Shuttles on non-WaterFire nights as well as for their Explore Providence, Providence Dinner Tour and Newport for a Day experiences. For more information about Experience RI tours go to or visit their booth at the WaterFire Art Festival on the Plaza on Washington Street on WaterFire evenings.

6:00pm – 10:00pm – Igniting Inspiration courtesy of Star Destinations

WaterFire volunteers will be roaming the park giving out free white and red carnations. Each flower will have an inspirational quote attached.

6:00pm – 11:00pm – The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street

This outdoor show will be held on Washington Street, in the heart of WaterFire. WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase artwork by Rhode Island-based artists.

6:00pm – 11:00pm Power Up at National Grid’s Mobile Device Charging Station

Photo by Tom Lincoln

Running low on battery power? Stop by Canal Street and charge up with National Grid. Free mobile device charging stations will give you a boost.

7:00pm – 11:00pm Great Jazz Performances at WaterFire’s Steeple Street Stage.

Planet Safety

  • 7:00pm – Clay Nordhill Trio with Alex Tremblay and Paul Di Martino
  • 8:30pm – Paul Nagel, Dave Zinno, and Steve Langone
  • 10:00pm – Planet Safety featuring Leo Genovese,Dave Zinno and Bob Gullotti

Sunset (7:10pm) – Midnight

Sunset (7:10pm) – 11:00pm – Add Your Light to the Night

Photo by Emily Chadwick.

  • Visit our Guest Stations where you can become a part of the artwork with your own Ribbon of Light; and our Ambassadors can answer your questions and guide you to next great event!
  • Share your dedication with the world and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern ($5 per luminaria)
  • Make it a Starry, Starry Night by wishing upon a star and become a part of the art! ($10 to hang a wish on a star and $30 to bring home your own illuminating blue star)

8:00pm – 10:00pm – Catch WaterFire Performers along the River

  • Benjamin Reynolds & Liz Knight, fire dancers, skillfully dance amidst the sparks spinning fire along the river; you can find them performing on the boats and on “The Wall” of braziers in Memorial Park throughout the night
  • World War Memorial (in Memorial Park): Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions
  • Stop by Union Plaza to see the internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, Inca Son.  All dressed as their Inca fore-bearers performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes.

9:30 & 10:30pm – 1 Once 1 – Electroshamanic Ceremonial Music with a Classical Touch by Francisco and Miguel Noya at the RISD Landing (near the RISD illustration building)

Francisco + Miguel Noya

WaterFire is pleased to present Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident conductor, Francisco Noya, and his brother Miguel Noya, who be playing together for the first time in Providence to present a program of original music with themes deeply connected to the sounds of WaterFire Providence.  Check out their music at the RISD flagpoles on the Providence River Greenway where they will present an evening of Ritual Electronic Music where High Technology and Shamanistic Traditions meet Ancient and Sacred sounds.

Other Events Around Providence

7:00pm – 8:30pm A Lincoln Portrait at the First Baptist Church In America

Abraham Lincoln

A one-man performance by Robb Dimmick. Celebrating Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address the speech that stands the test of time. Robb Dimmick, who for 30 years has delighted & educated audiences across the country with this spectacular show, shares Lincoln’s insights into and recites The Gettysburg Address.

[sc name=photo-caption caption=”National Grid Charging Stations, by Tom Lincoln. Luminaria at the WWII Monument, by Emily Chadwick. Fire Spinner on Prometheus, by John Nickerson”]

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