Millrace Music Series Continues this Friday with High Planes

Halloween Costume Contest, Award winning RI Band, Food from Cuff’s Counter

WOONSOCKET, RI October 26, 2022 – The Millrace Music Series continues with award-winning act High Planes this Friday, October 28 from 6pm – 8pm at 40 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI. The night features an intermission costume contest, wood-fired pizza, and two 45 minute sets of live music. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. It is rain or shine, held outdoors on a heated patio.


The Series launched Friday, 10/21 with music from Rhode Island’s “loudest and craziest brass band” the Kickin’ Brass. Held in partnership with Lops Brewing’s 80s Downtown Woonsocket Pub Crawl, the event was well attended and visitors loved the throw-back 80s songs reimagined and bellowed out by the 7-piece brass band. Ranging from “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” the band had the audience dancing and singing along.


Made possible through funding from Citizens “Growing Communities” program and the RI Commerce “Placemaking” initiative, the Millrace Music Series marries tried and true lessons learned from Levitt AMP Woonsocket - free music, original artists, food - and applies them on a smaller scale at NeighborWorks’ Millrace Patio. Each night features one musical act performing two 45 minute sets and food for purchase from a member of Millrace’s Incubator Kitchen.


“Continuing the concerts that bring so many people together is so good for our community. Everyone is having a great time and enjoying the city on a beautiful night!” shares 10/21 attendee Brian Thompson.


Friday night’s performance (10/28) takes a festive turn as attendees are encouraged to come in costume and the members of High Planes are creating their own costume contest categories and announcing winners during the intermission break (around 7:00pm).


“Friday nights are fun again! The concerts are in our schedule and we will be here every week. We thank everyone for putting this together rand giving us some entertainment” shares concert attendee Bonnie Combs.


Schedule: Concerts are on Friday nights, 6pm – 8pm at 40 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. The event is rain or shine (held indoors if raining)

10/28 – High Planes: Country & bluegrass meets the blues. Halloween costume contest at intermission

11/4 – Kali Loops: Looping artist with a folk/pop vibe. Downtown Woonsocket trivia at intermission

11/11 – Lisa Bello: Award winning R&B singers, songwriter. RiverzedgeARTS hosts opening reception for downtown lighting installation “The Blackstone Meets Mainstreet” during intermission

11/18 – Alexus Lee: Jazz with a dose of love, truth & acceptance. Grow Smart RI to conclude downtown walking tour at Series.



About NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) – Formerly the Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corporation - is a nonprofit community development corporation that has worked with residents, businesses, partners, and communities since 1987 to enrich neighborhood life and make affordable housing opportunities available throughout Northern Rhode Island.


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About High Planes

Celebrating the release of their most recent and award-winning album, Ghost Town, High Planes is a band of veteran musicians that includes members of The Lincoln Tunnel, The Agents, Steadystate, Emerald Comets, and Sharks Come Cruisin'. The performers on Ghost Town are Christian Caldarone (vocals + acoustic guitar), Annie Jaehnig (vocals), Greg Johnson (viola), Jason Layne (piano), Frankie "Ranks" Moniz (electric guitar), Jeremy Sencer (bass), and James Toomey (drums) with additional guest appearances by session players Paul Dube (accordion); Joe Lusi (harmonica), and Paul Yates (piano).

Hardships to harmonies is the story behind Ghost Town. Like so many other active artists, it’s been almost impossible to avoid the effect of the pandemic and this album was not immune to that either. Fortunately, High Planes was able to harness this energy in a positive way to help shape a new sound.

Since the band’s start in 2016 and debut release, Mayday, the following year, High Planes has evolved away from traditional bluegrass instrumentation to include an expanded lineup and a broadened repertoire that varies from beautiful, quiet finger-picked pieces to rolling country songs.