East Providence Fourth of July fireworks display features music of ‘Crushed Velvet’


EAST PROVIDENCE — The City of East Providence and the Department of Recreation invite all to celebrate Independence Day with an evening of music and fireworks. The event is free and open to the public and made possible by “Platinum” Sponsor United Water and “Silver” Sponsors, MEGA/MTG Disposal LLC and J.H. Lynch & Sons Inc.

The festivities will take place on Friday, July 5, (rain date July 6), at Pierce Memorial Stadium, 201 Mercer St. Gates open at 6 p.m.The evening will feature a concert of classic rock by “Crushed Velvet”, followed by fireworks. Food and beverage concessions available. No pets or coolers in the stadium please.

Special thanks to “Friends of EP Fireworks” contributor, DiPrete Engineering and “Crushed Velvet” for donating its performance.

For more information, call the Recreation Dept. at 401-435-7511 or Recreation Center at 401-433-6360.     

“Crushed Velvet” is a Bristol-based group made up of  Joe Scolaro, Rick Pimental, Buzzy Ketz, Stephen Howe. They’re noted for playing high energy, mind bending, 1970’s hard rock, basically all the music your parents told you not to listen to! ...Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Foghat, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen.

The following is a list of tracks “Crushed Velvet” incorporates into its set:

Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

Black Dog - Led Zepplin

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Burning Sky - Bad Company

Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent

Change The World - Ten Years After

Dr. Love - Kiss

Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath

Fool For The City - Foghat

Heart Breaker - The Rolling Stones

How Many More Times - Led Zepplin

I Just Wanna Make Love - Foghat

It Don’t Come Easy - Ringo Starr

It’s Only Rock & Roll - The Rolling Stones

I Want You - The Beatles

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings

Radar Love - Golden Earring

Ready For Love - Bad Company

Rock Steady - Bad Company

Song Remains The Same - Led Zepplin

Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

Tie Your Mother Down - Queen

Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith

Walking The Dog - Aerosmith

War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix


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