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15th Annual
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Slater Park

Blackstone River Party/Taste of the Valley

Friday, September 06, 2013    6:00pm · 11:00pm    Slater Mill

Advance Tickets for Taste of Valley
Can Be Purchased at City Visitor Center

Come enjoy the Pawtucket Art Festival’s Annual Food Fest onSeptember 6, this year renamed the Blackstone River Party/Taste of the Valley. We are pleased that this event is presented by Pawtucket-based Schofield Printing.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., continuing to 8:00 downtown Pawtucket at the historic Slater Mill Museum. At this time, you will find food and dessert samplings from some of Pawtucket’s, and the surrounding communities, finest restaurants. Cash bar. Beverage Sponsors – Abita Beer, Win Resources. Slippery Sneakers Zydeco Band begins playing from6 p.m. to 8 p.m.We are proud that Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic joins us, playing from8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Rain or Shine.

Tickets for the Blackstone River Party/Taste of the Valley will be sold at the City’s Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. $10 admission fee for all events. Children under 12-free admission. For more information, call1-800-454-2882.

Slippery SneakersSlippery Sneakers Zydeco Band

Slippery Sneakers has performed at nationally known Zydeco festivals all over the country, including almost every dance festival in New England, always to wide acclaim. Additionally, the band has routinely broken attendance records at many of the monthly Zydeco dances held around the region of "southern" New England.

The Rhode Island based band formed in late 1998 with the goal of playing for the loyal and dedicated New England Cajun/Zydeco dance community as well as introducing Zydeco music to those unfamiliar with its unique sound featuring the accordion and rubboard. After only a few weeks together, they performed at an annual New Year's Day Zydeco dance party to an overwhelmingly appreciative, foot-stomping crowd. They've been "doing the Zydeco" ever since!

Andre ThierryAndre Thierry and Zydeco Magic

Andre Thierry is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a toddler. Andre’s French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana although he was born and reared in northern California.

The San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to some of the best blues musicians in the world, showed its appreciation by presenting Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic with the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for “Best Zydeco Group” in 2008. Andre continually raises the bar for Zydeco musicians worldwide. At only 33 years old, he is already a legend. There is widespread agreement that he is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. Building from his love and respect for traditional Zydeco, his original music is a blend of old and new. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past.

Andre Thierry & Zydeco MagicAndre Thierry & Zydeco Magic will capture your attention and serve up an unparalleled musical experience that captivates your soul. If you like to dance, Andre will have you moving your feet all night long. As the late great Clifton Chenier once said about Zydeco, “if you dance, your aches and pains will disappear.” Andre’s love of all things musical and his passion for playing for his audiences delight dancers and music lovers everywhere.

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