Providence, the capital city of economically struggling Rhode Island, is putting its woes aside for a night and celebrating its 375th birthday with fireworks, music and cake for more than 1,000 people.
The city honors its birthday Tuesday with a celebration at the Providence Performance Arts Center. It will feature a performance by Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick, whose new album is called “Divine Providence.”
“Of course we need a party,” said former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, who will join Mayor Angel Taveras and three other former mayors for the culminating celebration.
“From the beginning, Mr. Gruen showed a knack for stumbling into music history. In the summer of 1965, he used his camera to wrangle a press pass into the Newport Folk Festival. That happened to be the Dylan-goes-electric show, one of the most dissected gigs in rock history. “It was chaos,” he said, of the moment when Mr. Dylan shocked the folkies by plugging in a Stratocaster. “They didn’t quite get it. Over the years thinking about it, what he was doing was making a statement that rock ’n’ roll was the folk music of America.”—Alex Williams & Bob Gruen