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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

*  Rhythm & Blues 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
                     The Castaleers

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

       2014 Inductee Exhibit Unveiling

        Sunday, May 4th @ 2:00 PM

    at the MET - Hope Artiste Village  

          999 Main Street, Pawtucket


                       Full Event Details:               


The Castaleers

l-r   Ronald Henries, Bennie Barrows, Richard Jones

      Del Padgett and George Smith