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Welcome !

The Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society (RIRBPS) is a

501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2003 by Dr. Edward A. 'Prof' Coates.  An affiliated member of the National Blues Foundation, RIRBPS strives to preserve and promote Rhythm and Blues in Rhode Island, an indigenous African American tradition and one of the most identifiable and significant contributions to American Culture. 

Mission

To preserve and promote Rhythm & Blues through activities, events, and education;


To preserve and promote the heritage, legacy, and historical connections of Rhythm & Blues music in the evolution of American popular Music;  and


To improve public awareness and acceptance of Rhythm and Blues as a musical art form.

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Rhode Island

Rhythm & Blues

Preservation Society 

Programs / Services

*  Preservation Hall Band

*  Instruments for Children

*  Oral History Project

*  Local Performer Support

*  R&B 'News of Note' Newsletter

​*  R&B Educational Programming

*  International Blues Challenge

*  Member Discounts / Events

​*  Last Chord (Recognition) 


Photos by Sylvia Whiting, Photography

www.swhitingphotogallery.com / 617.539.3951

 Highlights

6th Annual Rhode Island

   Rhythm & Blues Heritage Month

                                   




 

R&B Festival Allstars

   Phil Pegg All StarsPhil Pegg (guitar), Wayne Manning

        (bass), Austin Brown (drums), Angella Kronillis (vocals)

   Special Artists:  Dick Willner (guitar/vocals), Randy Ashe

        (Sax), Max Whiting (bass), Paul Williams (Guitar/vocals),

        Jan Schmidt (vocals), Billy Black (drums)

 
R&B Holiday Dance

                            Fundraiser

Featuring Phil Pegg All Stars

with Special Guest Artists

Sunday -  November 9th

4 o'clock  - 8 o'clock

Masonic Temple  /  883 Eddy Street  /  Providence

      

        Suggested Donation    $8  /  $5 (members)

        Information                    401.461.0012


Join us for an afternoon of lively R&B sounds,  dancing, raffle, snacks, and more.  



Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society Founder:   Dr. Ed "Prof" Coates