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Coming up next:

Traditional music from
New England to Ireland

Saturday, March 10th, 8pm
Common Fence Point Hall
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI

$20 adv / $22 door




Connecting the Beats Update

Bringing African Inspired Drumming and Dance to the Youth of Newport County, in its 7th season, spent April School Vacation at the Boys and Girls Club on Church Street in Newport.

Kera Washington and Harrison Cooper of Kalfou offered a 3 day drumming and dance workshop based on the traditional music of Ghana and Haiti. The kids are naturals. The rhythms were tight. For the most part they didn't knock the drums over. There were moments of hilarity, and many of pure joy.

The Jesus Andujar Percussion Ensemble offered an interactive concert at the Boys and Girls Club Open House Block Party on Thursday, April 20th.

Earlier in the season, Cape Cod African Dance and Drumming performed at a family night open house at the Boys and Girls Club on September 8.

Issa Coulibaly, Malian master drummer, offered a 6 week workshop at the Boys and Girls Club on Church Street in Newport in October and November 2016. Issa is a talented educator as well as performer. The kids had a lot of fun with Issa. Good rhythms, some dance steps and singing, and a lot of laughs!

Crocodile River Music performed an interactive concert on December 6 in assembly for St. Philomena's School in Portsmouth. The ensemble featured the string, drumming and dance music of Mali and other West African countries. Following the assembly the ensemble offered a workshop to theater and music students who are rehearsing for a Spring interpretation of "The Lion King."

See the Lion King, Jr. at St. Phil's
the last weekend of April 2017

Lydia Perez and Yoruba 2 will perform an interactive concert for 4th gradrss at the Portsmouth Middle School on April 24th. She was asked to return after a lively concert last spring.

Plans are being made for camp appearances at the YMCA, Camp Grosvenor and Martin Luther King Summer Adventure Camp in late June and July.

Thank you to
The Rhode Island Foundation
Newport County Fund
and All of the Generous Funders listed below
who make this program possible!


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Connecting the Beats

Connecting the Beats
: Bringing African Based Percussion Music & Dance to the Youth of Newport County,
which owes its success to The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation has been received with great enthusiasm and will continue in the spring and early summer of 2016 with support from

The Newport County Fund

The NewportFed Charitable Foundation

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts

The William H. Brown Fund

Contact Tom at for more information about the program.


Obuamah Addy of Ghana, West Africa, and students performing at The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Park Holm location.


Park Holm after-school aspiring drummers


Lydia Perez, Puerto Rican singer, dancer and percussionist with two young dancers in the Portsmouth Action for Youth after-school program at Hathaway School


Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location


All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location

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Common Fence Music presents culturally relevant but underplayed folk, roots & world music concerts & educational workshops. Help us to support worthy traveling artists: both celebrated performers & amazing unknowns.

Common Fence Music Offers:
1. Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Performing Artists
2. A Bring Your Own Dinner & Age-Appropriate Beverages Policy
3. An Intimate Quiet Listening Room
4. A Chance to Meet the Performers
5. Reasonable Ticket Pricing


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What is Common Fence Music?

Common Fence Music is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

Common Fence Music began as an activity of the Common Fence Point Improvement Association in 1993 but became a separate organization soon after. Today we work side by side with our friends in the Association to keep the hall vibrant for all who rent the room for various functions. Common Fence Point Improvement Association Community Hall is a special place as this neighborhood community gathering spot was built as a country music dance hall and it has great live sound. The atmosphere is congenial with tables fanning out around the stage. And, there is plenty of free parking.

Common Fence Music Showcases the Best in
Folk, Roots and World Music.
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