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Steve Smith & The Nakeds 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Steve Smith & The Nakeds with The Cowsills live on stage together for a very special evening! 

On Saturday, February 11th at the newly restored historic Park Theatre in Cranston, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, 2013 inductees Steve Smith & The Nakeds will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a special concert appearance featuring fellow 2013 inductees The Cowsills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Steve and the Nakeds’ golden anniversary finds them back in the national spotlight with a song in Peter Farrelly’s latest movie, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” and the Cowsills are touring to celebrate the release of “Rhythm of the World,” their first new album of original material since 1998’s “Global.”

Don’t miss this very special live performance by two great Rhode Island born bands. The show will be hosted by RI’s own Danny Smith, comedian, actor, writer and writer. The show kicks off at 7:00pm. Here’s a quick background about the bands and your host for the evening…..

Steve Smith and the Nakeds: One of the northeast’s premier Rhythm and Blues Bands. Natives of the Providence, RI area, the band has traveled the U. S. and abroad. The ten-man unit consists of a four-piece rhythm section, a five-piece brass section, and its lead vocalist, Steve Smith. Together, Steve Smith and the Nakeds are now celebrating forty-nine esteemed years of live performances and studio recordings. During that time, the rhythm & blues powerhouse has thrived with their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun. Throughout their history, the band has shared the touring stage and recording studio with Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist, Clarence Clemons for a series of critically acclaimed performances. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV’s video countdown program “The Basement Tapes”, and more recently, an episode of “Te Family Guy”. Teir credits include performing on their own, traveling as the backing band for Clarence Clemons, playing back up to such performers as Gary U.S. Bonds, Nils Lofgren, The Temptations, Southside Johnny and John Caferty and the Beaver Brown Band just to name a few. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.

The Cowsills: The original Partridge Family. From Banister’s Wharf in Newport, The Cowsills carried their glorious pop harmonies to the world. Along the way, they garnered three Top Ten hits and another nine Billboard chart entries, making them one of the most successful Rhode Island acts of all time. The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother. The band was formed in early 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; their brother John joined shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. Teir hits include “The Rain, The Park and Other Tings”, Indian Lake”, “hair” and “We Can Fly ”. In 2013 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.

Danny Smith is an Actor, Writer and Executive Producer for the Fox television series “Family Guy”. A Rhode Island native, and proud graduate of Rhode Island College, he began his television career as a local correspondent for “P.M. Magazine” at WJAR TV in Providence.
After relocating to Los Angeles, Smith did stand-up and performed Improv at the renowned Groundlings theater, before landing his first network job as a writer for the ABC series “Head of the Class”. In the years since, he as listed credits on over 700 episodes of network television as well as several major motion pictures. His work has earned him eight Emmy nominations, and also a Grammy nomination. But among all honors, he is most excited to return home to Rhode Island for a celebration of the 50 years of music and fun provided by one of his greatest heroes– his big brother Steve of “Steve Smith and The Nakeds” – and he is truly honored to be included as a part of the festivities. As Peter Griffin would say, “Freakin’ sweet!”

The Historic Park Theatre & Event Center is located at 848 Park Avenue in Cranston, RI. The theatre can be reached by visiting their website at www.theparkri.com or (401)955-7275 / info@theparlri.com

 

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