Steve Smith and the Nakeds:
One of the northeast's premier Rhythm and Blues Bands. Natives of the Providence, RI area, the band has traveled the U. S. and abroad. The ten-man unit consists of a four-piece rhythm section, a five-piece brass section, and its lead vocalist, Steve Smith. Together, Steve Smith and the Nakeds are now celebrating forty-nine esteemed years of live performances and studio recordings. During that time, the rhythm & blues powerhouse has thrived with their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun. Throughout their history, the band has shared the touring stage and recording studio with Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist, Clarence Clemons for a series of critically acclaimed performances. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV's video countdown program "The Basement Tapes", and more recently, an episode of "Te Family Guy". Teir credits include performing on their own, traveling as the backing band for Clarence Clemons, playing back up to such performers as Gary U.S. Bonds, Nils Lofgren, The Temptations, Southside Johnny and John Caferty and the Beaver Brown Band just to name a few. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.
The Cowsills: The original Partridge Family.
From Banister’s Wharf in Newport, The Cowsills carried their glorious pop harmonies to the world. Along the way, they garnered three Top Ten hits and another nine Billboard chart entries, making them one of the most successful Rhode Island acts
of all time. The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother. The band was formed in early 1965 by brothers
Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; their brother John joined shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the
brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. Teir hits include “The Rain, The Park and Other Tings”, Indian Lake”, “hair” and “We Can Fly ”. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.