RWU hosts 2021 Bristol Concert Series


Emily Dvareckas

Traditionally held at Independence Park, this Year’s Bristol Concert Series will move to Roger Williams University’s rugby fields.

Emma Bartlett, Arts and Culture Editor

Free and open to the public, this year’s Bristol Concert Series will shift from the town’s Independence Park to Roger Williams University’s rugby fields. Featuring 23 bands that play everything from the blues to rock ‘n’ roll, audience members will be in for a musical treat. The event runs from June 20 to July 3 and is part of Bristol’s Fourth of July celebration.

The venue change occurred after the Rhode Island Department of Health denied the planning committee’s request to use Independence Park due to COVID-19 restrictions. In past years, the concert series has brought in approximately 4,000 people each night. While regulations have been lifted since that decision, there was not enough time to move the entire event back to its original location.

This year’s lineup hails from Rhode Island and Massachusetts and includes a broad range of talent. From the nationally acclaimed band Changes in Latitude to the international touring rock ‘n’ roll 80s tribute band Back in the Day, Bristol has a variety of exciting performances for all music lovers. Set up your chair, kick back and relax, and listen to oldies as well as contemporary works while you take in the breeze and salty air.

If you’re looking for a quick get-away trip and live near RWU, make plans to meet up with friends for one of the many concerts. Whether you decide to have a picnic or order from the available food vendors, make the most out of your visit.

The Bristol Concert Series’ bands include The New Providence Big Band, 88th Army Band, Steve Smith & the Nakeds, The Accused Band, Emily Luther, Back in the Day, Barefoot Rebel, The Khoury Sisters, 7 Day Weekend, Jon Tyler, Crushed Velvet, Changes in Latitude, Gerry Grimo & the East Bay Jazz, Reminisce, Andre Arsenault, Country Wild Band, World Premier Band, Sirsy, Colby James & the Ramblers, Charlie Marie, Blue FOs, Bar Fly and DMB Project.

Those wishing to attend can enter RWU through the North Entrance on Metacom Avenue. Blankets and chairs may be set up starting at 5 p.m., and masks are encouraged for anyone who has not been vaccinated. Additionally, alcohol and dogs are prohibited.

To learn more about the event such as performance times and each band’s musical genre, please visit