Veterans Memorial Auditorium

 

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 HISTORY

Information borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Memorial_Auditorium_(Providence)

Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA) is a performing arts theater in Providence, Rhode Island. Construction began in 1928, but was delayed by the Great Depression. The theater was finally completed in 1950 and opened its doors on January 27 of that year. It is among the oldest arts venues in Rhode Island and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was completely restored in 1990. The ornately-designed 1,931-seat concert hall houses the largest theater stage in Rhode Island and is considered to have some of the best acoustics in New England. The performance space features a gilded proscenium arch, allegorical and heraldic ceiling murals. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra holds several concerts at the VMA each year. In addition, the VMA hosts a broad range of events each season, offering a variety of performances, rehearsals, exhibitions, concerts, educational events, meetings, and other special events. Since 1950, when the theater opened, it had begun to fall into disrepair and in the early 1980s the state of Rhode Island was thinking of closing the auditorium and the adjoining Masonic Temple and reducing the complex to a parking lot. In 1983, the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Preservation Association (VMAPA) was formed to try to save the auditorium. They rallied for five years and in 1988 Governor DiPrete awarded the VMAPA with $5 million for the VMA's renovation. Since that time it has been a center for the arts. The Renaissance Providence Hotel, formerly the Masonic Temple, is located directly adjacent to the VMA.

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CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

 

VENUE 1962 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 19, 1962 Kingston Trio     YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 28, 1962      The Clancy Brothers Tommy Makem    YES      
VENUE 1963 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence March 10, 1963 Carlos Montoya     YES      
  1966              
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence July 14, 1966 The Byrds The Others The Donuts YES      
  1967              
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence December 2, 1967 Ravi Shankar     YES      
VENUE 1969 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence January 11, 1969 John Lee Hooker  Muddy Waters  Mose Allison YES      
VENUE 1971 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence February 19, 1971 Pete Seeger     YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 16, 1971 Isaac Hayes War   YES     Recorded
VENUE 1972 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence January 14, 1972 Jesus Christ Superstar       YES   Recorded
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence January 26, 1972            Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Sabo's International Chimpanzees   YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence February 13, 1972 Carly Simon Harry Chapin   YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence March 11, 1972 Jerry Lee Lewis & The Memphis Beats     YES      
VENUE 1976 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence April 29, 1976 George Carlin            
VENUE 1978 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence March 10, 1978 Bob Weir Band     YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence April 3, 1978 Little Feat John Hall   YES YES    
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence April 21, 1978 Pousette-Dart Band Robert Palmer          
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence July 26, 1978 Patti Smith     YES      
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 12, 1978 Weather Report     YES  YES   Recorded
VENUE 1980 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 5, 1980 Joan Armatrading            
VENUE 1983 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 29, 1983 Jerry Garcia Band           Set List
VENUE 1984 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 16, 1984 R.E.M. The dB's         Set List
VENUE 1986 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 26, 1986 Metallica Metal Church          
VENUE 1987 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence May 10, 1987 Ace Frehley White Lion          
VENUE 1988 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence January 22, 1988 Alice Cooper Motorhead          
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 27, 1988 Slayer Overkill          
VENUE 1989 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence May 15, 1989 Richard Lewis            
VENUE 1991 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence May 2, 1991 Dennis Miller            
VENUE 1997 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence January 30, 1997 Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds           Set List
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 30, 1997 David Spade            
VENUE 1999 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 30, 1999 Tori Amos           Set List
VENUE 2001 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence April 22, 2001 Coldplay Moe.         Set List
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 28, 2001 Coldplay Remy Zero         Set List
VENUE 2002 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence March 2, 2002 Bela Fleck & The Flectones The Slip          
VENUE 2005 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 11, 2005 Blind Boys Of Alabama            
VENUE 2010 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 21, 2010 Ian Anderson           Set List
VENUE 2011 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence August 10, 2011 The Cowsills            
VENUE 2012 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence April 23, 2012 Death Cab For Cutie         YES Set List
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence May 10, 2012 Bobby McFerrin            
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence May 15, 2012 Willie Nelson            
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 5, 2012 Regina  Spektor            
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence October 21, 2012 Primus           Set List
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence November 4, 2012 Amy Grant            

 

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