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WBRU Announces Lineup for Free Summer Concert Series in Providence, R.I.

Rhode Island modern rock station 95.5 WBRU announced the lineup for its 2016 free summer concert series.

Each year, the station teams up with Dunkin’ Donuts and the city of Providence, R.I. for a series of free, all-age concerts at Waterplace Park in the heart of downtown Providence.

As they have organized with previous years, this year’s lineup features a mix of better-known bands, rising artists and local acts. Notable bands include The Heavy, The Joy Formidable, The Wombats and Nothing But Thieves–the group who had their single “Trip Switch” spend the entirety of March in the top five for Billboard’s Alternative songs, peaking at number one for two consecutive weeks.


The series kicks off on June 3 with The Heavy, best known for their catchy trumpet driven single “How You Like Me” (featured below) and The Joy Formidable. The show is also a part of Rhode Island’s art festival PVDFest, which runs June 2-5 in Providence. The next show in the concert series won’t be for another couple of weeks, when Le Roxy Pro perform on July 8. Le Roxy Pro were the WBRU Rock Hunt winner for 2016–a talent-search contest for local acts coordinated by WBRU. The series then runs consistently every Friday until The Wombats close out the series on August 12.

Past acts in the WBRU Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Concert Series have included Grouplove, Paramore, Walk the Moon, Saint Motel and the Neighborhood. The series is free to all and while it is an all age concert, attendees must be 21 or older to drink and are required to remain in a designated drinking area.

The full 2016 lineup includes:

June 3 – The Heavy and the Joy Formidable (opener: Vulgarrity)

July 8 – Le Roxy Pro (opener: The Blue Album)

July 15 Mainland (opener: Eric and the Nothing)

July 22 Lucius (opener: Math the Band)

July 29 Aurora (opener: Young Lincoln)

August 5 – Nothing But Thieves (opener: Tall Teenagers)

August 12 – The Wombats (opener: Wild Sun)

Check out music from the headliners:

The single “How You Like Me Now” from English rock band The Heavy was featured in commercials, TV shows and movies:

The Joy Formidable have released three studio albums since 2011. The video for the first single off their latest album is a small effort to correct the imbalance of female nudity over male nudity in music videos, the band said to Pitchfork. (NSFW for those in an area that this video may be offensive)

This year’s winner of WBRU’s annual contest for local bands brings a mellow flow to the lineup. Check out Le Roxy Pro’s laid back surf style rock:

Mainland hails from New York City and was recently featured as one of Music Choice’s Primed new artists.

The two female lead vocalists from Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, N.Y., will make Providence fans think they are seeing double. The pair are known for coordinating their outfits from head to toe.

Nineteen-year-old Norwegian Aurora will bring her hauntingly good and emotional sound to Providence on July 29.

“Trip Switch” by Nothing But Thieves hasn’t seen the bottom half of the Billboard top 10 for alternative rock songs since February. Here’s the song for you to judge:

All the way from Liverpool, England, The Wombats close out WBRU’s 2016 summer concert series on August 12.

Juan Siliezar
the authorJuan Siliezar
Juan is a Providence, R.I.-based writer who contributes to the modern rock section. Juan is an avid writer, reader and lover of simple things. Besides music, his interest lies in education. He writes grant proposals for a Boston education nonprofit and was a contributing writer at Noodle Education.

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