Providence, RI 02903
AS220 is extremely excited to announce the return of FOO FEST, our annual summer block party all-ages fundraiser, to Empire Street in downtown Providence on Saturday, August 18th, 2018!
From 1 PM to 1 AM, outside on Empire Street and inside AS220, people of all ages will delight in 12 incredible hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and like-minded arts and cultural organizations, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State! While we’re now announcing the musical lineup and some of the all-ages activities, rest assured that we will be making more announcements throughout the summer about FOO FEST 2018!
Get advance tickets now for $10, $15 at the gate on the day of, or…..$25 (also online)!
Why a $25 ticket? 2018 marks 25 years since AS220 opened our Empire Street complex. No other single building in downtown Providence contains as much varied and dynamic arts and cultural programming, with programs spanning music and performance, theatre, dance, visual art, youth arts education and affordable housing. However, this humble building requires long overdue upgrades, and AS220’s programming needs sustainable support to continue meeting the needs of Rhode Island’s creative community. We have now embarked on a $5 million dollar ALL ACCESS fundraising campaign to make comprehensive improvements to the building’s entire ecosystem – you can read about that here: as220.org/campaign. With your purchase of a $25 ticket in advance, you’ll not only be supporting out regular yearly Foo Fest fundraiser – you’ll be supporting our ALL ACCESS campaign for Empire Street too!
Kids 10 & under are FREE, as always! Not a kid? Foo Fest is powered by volunteers, and anyone who signs up for a 3-hour volunteer shift at foofest.as220.org receives FREE ADMISSION to the entirety of Foo Fest, plus a free shift drink and official volunteer patch!
2018 FOO FEST CO-HEADLINERS:
Rah Digga (born Rashia Fisher) is an American rapper, model and actress. The Jersey native is well known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad, a Hip Hop group led by Busta Rhymes. She parted ways amicably with the group in 2007 and continued to have a prosperous solo career. She has been called “one of rap’s most prominent women MCs” by Allmusic and has been deemed “one of Hip Hop’s most skilled female MCs” in the book How to Rap. You can catch Rah Digga on the weekly podcast she hosts with Lord Jamar titled the “Yanadameen Godcast”.
In 1975, the Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled to be the Crosby Stills Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in London, Paris, Manchester, New York and Minneapolis. Pere Ubu was changing the face of rock music. Over the next four decades they defined the art of cult; refined the voice of the outsider; and inspired the likes of Joy Division, Pixies, Husker Du, Henry Rollins, REM, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Bauhaus, Julian Cope and countless others. With all their past material recently reissued, Pere Ubu are one of the few bands of that era still consistently producing new material that captures the attention of music critics worldwide.
17 MORE INCREDIBLE MUSIC ACTS:
THE DAILY NOTE PRESENTS FOOLISH HEART & MIZUCHI
FOO FEST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: KERI KING
Keri King is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Illustration with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Today, Keri’s creative practice incorporates illustration, public art, storytelling and the occasional foray into performance. In 2016, Keri self-published her first narrative picture book, Spectacles & Spectators, and was awarded a grant from Providence Art, Culture + Tourism to create a multi-site installation for PVD Fest. She recently wrapped up a yearlong Creative Fellowship at Providence Public Library and is currently installing a series of murals up along the waterfront and Armory neighborhoods of Pawtucket, RI for the city’s annual arts festival. Keri also lives at AS220! For Foo Fest 2018, Keri will create designs that will be incorporated both into the festival itself and its promotion, including: the official hand-printed Foo poster; merchandise; site design; and more. On the day of, Keri and friend Carmel Dundon will be hosting Crowns & Costumes art activities for children and families from 1 PM – 6 PM – Keri will then lead the FOO FEST PARADE, featuring artwork made by children during the day, at 6:30 PM!
FOO FEST 2018 MC: RICKY RAINBOW BEARD
Ricky Rainbow Beard is the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called ‘The Rainbow Beard Show’. Held bi-monthly at the AS220 Black Box Theatre, it is equal parts spectacle and classroom. Audience participation is encouraged and each ‘show’ features special guests, recurring characters, minute-long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings. Ricky Rainbow Beard will act as Foo Fest 2018’s MC throughout the day, entertaining kids and encouraging them to get involved with activities available across the site!
LIVE PRO(V) WRESTLING
Live Pro(v) Wrestling hosts monthly wrestling at AS220’s Black Box Theatre. To celebrate Foo Fest, the heroes and villains of Live Pro(v) will take their battle outside onto Empire Street! Take part in a family friendly show with characters such as a telekinetic meta-human-supervillain built in a mad scientist’s laboratory, a tuna with a wicked Rhode Island accent, a tyrannical king from the realm of Beaheadya, the world’s unluckiest pizza delivery guy, an easily distracted cat, and bunch of real meanies that are really asking for a bruisin’! LPW seeks to make a space that feels welcoming to both casual and die-hard supporters of professional wrestling, get there early to get your mind power-slammed!
The Providence Comics Consortium teaches comics and cartooning at Providence Community Libraries all over Providence! AND they publish work by kids and comic artists of all stripes! At Foo Fest 2014 & 2015, the Providence Comic Consortium was on hand to pass out much-needed advice for Foo Fest goers to live by. It was a hit! The Consortium returns to Foo Fest 2018 with the promise of hands-on making activities. Who knows what kind of zany wackiness you’ll experience on the day!
Musician, storyteller, cartoonist, and stand-up comedian for kids will be bringing his special brand of entertainment to the festival. Keith has been performing at AS220 since we first began back in 1985. His comedy theatre show, The Empire Revue, takes place every month at AS220’s Main Stage. Keith also teaches and performs musical improv at The Providence Improv Guild (www.improvpig.com). As a composer, Keith has created original music for Perishable Theatre’s Shows for Young Audiences, as well as main stage productions, Manton Avenue Project, and choreographer Heidi Henderson.
rivers/rios/lives/vidas | loom project by Leslie Atik
Leslie will be bringing her looms from her studio outside to Empire Street during Foo Fest 2018. Please join her in weaving a new work that, once completed, will be installed in the Open Window at 115 Empire Street. Leslie is a work studio resident in AS220’s Dreyfus building. Leslie integrates her interests in language and textiles in her artwork. She has degrees in Spanish literature and linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in fibers from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO ABOUT…
- AS220 Youth participatory activities and Youth-made merch!
- Live art making with Blick Art Materials Providence!
- Hands-on making activities with AS220 Industries, including printmaking and more!
- Art demonstrations with Gather Glass & The Steel Yard!
- Papermaking with AS220 Industries key member and artist Kate Aitchison!