Shemekia Copeland headlines Narrows Center festival in fall river

Jay N. Miller

The abundance of free music event is one of the joys of summer. And one of the best every September is the Narrows Center Music Festival. This year it’s happening on September 4 at the Gates of the City on Water Street in Fall River, right around the corner from the Narrows Center on Anawan Street. The venue is right across from Battleship Cove and easily accessible from the various highways. The fest will run from 3 to 7 pm and will also feature food trucks and refreshments from Troy City Brewery (which is located in the Narrows Center building), as well as various artists’ displays.

This year’s lineup is particularly enticing, with blues and soul princess Shemekia Copeland, whose latest album on Alligator Records just arrived two weeks ago; Scituate’s alternative-country ambassadors Ward Hayden and the Outliers; and Rhode Island rocker Mark Cutler, founder of 1983 WBCN Rumble winners The Schemers, as well as the 1990s rockers The Raindogs.

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