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WaterFire: Art and Soul of a City

A special one time premiere this Saturday!

WaterFire has captured the imagination of more than 15 million visitors gaining national and international attention. How did it start? How does it happen? Where else in the world is WaterFire happening? It’s all in this documentary produced by Joe Rocco in association with WaterFire along with commentary from WaterFire creator and artist, Barnaby Evans, participants, local historians, and passionate fans from around the world.

Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg

WHAT: WaterFire, the documentary, presented by Cardi’s Furniture and in brilliant high definition. This compelling one-hour program will take you behind the scenes of one of America’s most extraordinary events, with its sparkling bonfires and enchanting music.
WHEN: Saturday, December 1st 2012 at 8:00pm
WHERE: The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
WHO: Celebrity guests include Mayor Buddy Cianci, Mayor Angel Taveras, WPRI-TV Rhode Show hosts Michaela Johnson, Will Gilbert and Mary Larsen, WaterFire creator and award-winning artist and co-executive producer of  WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City, Barnaby Evans and former WJAR-TV sportscaster and co-executive producer of WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City, Joe Rocco.

Ticket Information:

Admission is $19 and the Producer’s Reception ticket is $78 which includes a pre-show reception on stage with food and drink.  Tickets can be purchased now until Friday at the PPAC box office and then at the Vets box office the day and evening of the event.  Tickets are also available by calling 401-421-ARTS or online at

A special thanks to: Cardi’s Furniture | RocJo Productions | WaterFire Providence | The VETS | ATR Treehouse | Rhode Island International Film Festival

A Special Musical Performance before the Screening!

Prior to the screening of WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City, WaterFire Providence will present a collaboration between four of Providence’s most prominent singers and songwriters: Jess Powers, Sara Azriel, Caroline Hecht, and Tyler-James Kelly.

Jess Powers is the creative visionary behind Chanteuse, a music series she has developed that is now approaching its third year, which showcases female vocalists and highlights the multitude of diverse talent within our community. Formed in the fall of 2010, The Jes Powers Project is a foray into exploring Powers’ own creative vision, sound, and lyrical style. As the first series curated by TJPP, Chanteuse has been well received, with more than 30 vocalists participating over the course of ten shows and with nearly as many additional musicians. Powers is motivated by sharing her creative vision and by serving as a connector to facilitate unique and entertaining collaborations.

Sara Azriel is a new-comer onto the local music scene but has long been honing her craft as a singer songwriter. From early beginnings of crafting anthems about her roots on the shores of Lake Michigan, sent searching for her creative voice at famed Berklee College of Music, to travelling cross-country to the front lines of the music scene in LA, Sara has spent the past decade pursuing her creative vision. Encouraged by the diversity of talent within our beloved city of Providence, Sara’s powerful vocals, dynamic range, and lyrical prowess are quickly spurring a burgeoning fan base within our creative community.

Caroline Hecht, following the recent debut of her long awaited solo album, is recognized within the ranks of the music scene as a force not to be underestimated–alluring, haunting and etherial vocals, she possesses an intensity that can almost be described as hypnotic as it slowly draws you in. Whether on banjo or her favored electric guitar she’s dubbed Maggie, Caroline captures the hearts of her peers and fans.

Tyler-James Kelly began playing guitar and writing songs at the tender age of four. Drawing influence from iconic legends such as Muddy Waters and Neil Young, Tyler-James has developed his own unique style of flat-picking which he has honed over the years, garnering an avid and loyal fan base throughout the region. Whether he is playing solo, or with his band The Silks, one of the most popular local bands in the Providence music scene, Tyler-James has a demanding stage presence equally matched with his singing, songwriting, and guitar playing skills that are all his own.

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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