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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. 


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.



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

Special Announcement
            6th Annual Rhode Island
      Rhythm & Blues Heritage Month 


Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

      Sunday, August 24th @ 2:00 PM

             MET - Hope Artiste Village  

            999 Main Street, Pawtucket

  Featuring ---  R&B Preservation Hall Band

                         All Star Review of R&B and Blues Greats

                         Jam Session Review


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