The festivities will begin on Saturday, February 8th at 5:00 p.m. with a marketplace and reception at the Omni Providence Hotel (1 W. Exchange Street). The event will feature a wide selection of purveyors of African American art, clothing, and goods. The reception will include a cash bar and hors doeuvres. Tickets can be purchased for $15 starting November 14th.
At 7:00 p.m., the Black Heritage Society Celebrity Club Ball will kickoff with a preview of the forthcoming documentary on Celebrity Club. It will be followed by swinging performances from last summers wildly popular Celebrity Club Remembered. The show is part of the Societys ongoing efforts to memorialize the famed jazz club. The only previous performance was in a standing-room only 400-person venue. Its not to be missed!
Following the performance, the Rhode Island-based band Positivity will entertain attendees with standards from the golden era of Jazz. The group will be accompanied by guest guitarists Dylan Molho and James Wright. The event promises to be a fun-filled evening for jazz novices and veterans alike. Tickets include dinner and will be available for $100 starting November 14th.
The weekends festivities will conclude on Sunday, February 9th back at the Omni Providence Hotel with a jazz brunch. Attendees will be treated to the Pat Gaulin Trio, a Boston-based group of jazz musicians who trained at the Berklee College of Music. Tickets include a buffet brunch and will be available for $29 starting November 14th.
The excitement surrounding the revival of this much-loved event was encapsulated best by RIBHS President Joyce L. Stevos, Ph.D. For so many years the Ball has been a signature event in our community and we are pleased and excited to host it this year. We look forward to much community support as we bring back this annual event celebrating an historic icon of the community the Celebrity Club. The Black Heritage Society Celebrity Club Ball Honorary Chairs include Director of Minority Business Enterprise for Rhode Island, Charles Newton; President of Roger Williams University, Donald J. Farrish, Ph.D., J.D., and First Lady of Roger Williams University, Maia Farrish.
For more information contact RIBlackHeritageSociety@gmail.com or call (401) 421-0606.