Behind glass windows of a Providence building are sleeping creatures from out of this world. A green troll like creature with three eyes and crooked teeth sits still, a five foot tall carrot like being with a nose hanging off his face and a pink shirt is frozen smiling, even a giant alien masked by a spacesuit and helmet seems to be in a slumber. These are the creations from the Big Nazo Lab.
While these creatures are still in the Big Nazo Lab in two days they will come to life and wander amongst locals at a parade and concerts during the PVD Fest. The festival is a free four-day festival dedicated to bringing art, music and performances to the heart of Providence for all to experience. Big Nazo will join in on the PVD Fest parade on Saturday, June 4, and later that night perform shows with the Big Nazo Band.
Big Nazo is not the only performance but instead is only one of hundreds of performing groups at the festival. There will be muralists, artists, dancers, singers, bands, orchestras, street performers and much more, showing off their talent during the festival that starts today, Thursday June 2.
AS220, an artist organization that provides facilities and performers for all types of resident artists, will be displaying their Window Project. The windows of AS220’s buildings will be the setting for their resident artists. Festivalgoers can walk past AS220’s Mercantile, Dreyfus and Empire Street Complex buildings and view living art through the windows.
AS220 will also have its restaurant, The Bar, as one of the many food vendors in attendance at the event. Festivalgoers. The Bar will have be serving pulled pork sandwiches, grilled Mexican street corn, veggie burgers and beer, according to the Chef at the restaurant, Kyle Clayton. Other foods at the festival include seafood, Asian, Jamaican, gluten-free, fried dough, ice cream, coffee, tacos, six bars for alcoholic beverages and much more.
Providence Public Library will be used as one of the 13 areas with performances during the festival. There will be performances from Pianist Judith Stillman, Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Providence Improv Group and more. The library will also offer a place for people to come in and reflect of their time in Providence by writing memories and hopes for the future of the city.
PVD Fest begins today (June 2) and will run through to whole weekend until Sunday, June 5. For a full list of performers at PVD Fest, the festival schedule and stage locations visit pvdfest.com
After a year of planning the effort from many organizations, groups and individual performers and the community- from inside the city, outside of Rhode Island and even internationally is coming to life on the streets of Providence. Come see dinosaurs roam, listen to music that will make you get on your feet and dance in the street, chomp down on some of Providence's most flavorful food, admire one of a kind pieces of art and take in all kinds of culture in the middle of Providence.
by Sara Cline