FOOD, WINE AND DANCING BENEFIT set for January 28 at Pell Chafee Performance Center

 Trinity Rep announced a sparkling addition to Providence’s winter social calendar – Red White & Blues, a casual evening featuring food, wine, and dancing to the music of local band The Silks, will take place on January 28. Co-chaired by Gil McLean and his wife Michelle Collie, sponsored by McLean’s store, Bottles Fine Wine, and media sponsor Rhode Island Monthly, the benefit party will take place from 7PM to midnight at the Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire St., Providence. Tickets are $60 and are available now online at, by phone at 401-351-4242, in person at the Trinity Rep Box Office at 201 Washington St. in Providence as well as at Bottles on 141 Pitman St. in Providence. A $100 VIP ticket is also available, granting attendees entrance into an exclusive champagne tasting beginning at 6PM. The wine tasting will be complimented by delicious culinary offerings from several local restaurants.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this unique event with wonderful local partners this January,” said Artistic Director Curt Columbus, who conceived of the event with his partner, Nathan Watson. “The vibrant downtown scene stops for no season – and with our fabulous area restaurateurs, Bottles, and the bluesy sounds of The Silks on board, we know that this benefit event will be a fun, fanciful evening for all.”

All proceeds will go towards Trinity Rep’s artistic and educational programming.

Formed in the summer of 2010, The Silks have burst onto the country blues scene in New England with ferocity and enthusiasm. Front-man and songwriter Tyler James Kelly has managed to assemble a cast of musicians with resumes consisting of The Midnight Creeps, Brown Bird, Cowgirl, and The Sugar Honey Iced Tea, and blending it into a sound that is all their own. With compliments that vary from drawing comparisons to The Rolling Stones in style and songwriting to a soundman shouting “that’s the most fun I’ve ever had!” after a show, The Silks have garnered a reputation as a band that everyone found themselves wanting to see overnight.

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