Arc Iris: 15 To Watch in RI in 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
"Led by former NASA employee and founding Low Anthem standout Jocie Adams, the band has been getting great reviews in the US and Europe. Arc Iris is Adams’ vision of her own band, one featuring a multi-layered, textured sound," said Abrams.
Known for their genre-bending approach, the band was described in London’s Guardian as “one minute an alt-country band, the next they're coming on like Liza Minelli in Cabaret.” Their music has elements of many styles – Folk-Pop, Jazz and Bluegrass... throw in a little Progressive Rock, and result is Arc Iris. 2014 brought the release of their eponymous debut album, an international release on the highly respected indie label “Anti.” It also saw them touring frequently, including a stop at the popular Bonneroo Festival in June.
The band also made several end of the year “Best of” charts, especially those geared toward “artists you may have missed” in 2014. Their album was reviewed widely, and they got 9 out of 10 stars in the British magazine Uncut. Rolling Stone, The New York Times and even GoLocal had great things to say.
In April, the band will be Artists-in-Residence at Aurora on Westminster Street. Every Friday they’ll play a show along with other local bands. They also plan to incorporate local artists and create a magical "Arc Iris space" for the event.
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The head of the Wolf School in East Providence, Anna Johnson is a product -- and success story -- of the best Rhode Island's colleges have to offer. After getting her BA in Psychology from Brown, Johnson went on to get her Master's in Elementary Education at Brown, followed by a Master's in School Administration from Providence College.
Carolyn Thomas-Davis, who heads up OneVoice RI (which bills itself as "mobilizing, empowering and engaging communities throughout the State of Rhode Island...encouraging political awareness and involvement, on all levels of government") was an active force in Providence in 2014, and will no doubt be at the forefront of community issues in 2015.
After losing in 2012 to incumbent Representative William San Bento, Tobon emerged victorious this past election cycle in Pawtucket, besting independent opponent Jonathan Vallecilla with over 80% of the vote to represent the 58th House District in the General Assembly.
There are a lot of changes taking place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, as it is currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion -- and 2015 will mark the first full year with its new CEO, former world #4 Todd Martin, at the helm.
Individually, they would take up four out of the 15 to Watch list, but we're keeping an eye on the group as a whole. On November 6, the number of women on the Providence City Council increased by 100%. In the span of 24 hours, women on the City Council went from 2 out of 15 members last term, to four of the 15 members this term.
The Hassenfeld Institute for Public leadership at Bryant University provides public officials and others involved in the development, management, and execution of public policy with the "tools and skills needed to make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations in order to govern and lead public sector and non-profit organizations effectively" -- and according to Founder and Director (and GoLocal MINDSETTER) Gary Sasse, is about to step up its presence advising in policy matters in the state.
Since being elected Rhode Island's first female Governor in November, Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has made a number of key staffing announcements leading up to her inauguration on January 6 -- including two staffers from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Administration.
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