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Martin Grosswendt
& Susanne Salem-Schatz


Exploring the Highways & Byways of
Traditional & Vernacular American Music
with stunning, understated instrumental work, soulful singing,
rock solid rhythm & distinctive harmonies

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI
$18 advance /
$20 door

Martin & Susanne's Website

for advance tickets click here


Meanwhile ...

Connecting the Beats performer/teachers
Kera Washington & Kalfou
Jesus Andujar Percussion Ensemble
Lydia Perez & Yoruba 2
Cape Cod African Dance & Drum featuring Issa Coulibaly
had a great time at summer camp
as did the campers & camp directors!

Camp Grosvenor (Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County)
Martin Luther King Center Camp
Norman Bird Sanctuary Camp
& YMCA Camp

Fall offerings are in the process of being scheduled
at the Boys and Girls Club and area schools.

Thank you to
The Rhode Island Foundation
Newport County Fund
and All of the Generous Funders listed below
who make this program possible!



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Connecting the Beats

Connecting the Beats
: Bringing African Based Percussion Music & Dance to the Youth of Newport County,
which owes its success to The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation has been received with great enthusiasm and will continue in the spring and early summer of 2016 with support from

The Newport County Fund

The NewportFed Charitable Foundation

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts

The William H. Brown Fund

Contact Tom at for more information about the program.


Obuamah Addy of Ghana, West Africa, and students performing at The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Park Holm location.


Park Holm after-school aspiring drummers


Lydia Perez, Puerto Rican singer, dancer and percussionist with two young dancers in the Portsmouth Action for Youth after-school program at Hathaway School


Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location


All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location

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Common Fence Music presents culturally relevant but underplayed folk, roots & world music concerts & educational workshops. Help us to support worthy traveling artists: both celebrated performers & amazing unknowns.

Common Fence Music Offers:
1. Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Performing Artists
2. A Bring Your Own Dinner & Age-Appropriate Beverages Policy
3. An Intimate Quiet Listening Room
4. A Chance to Meet the Performers
5. Reasonable Ticket Pricing


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What is Common Fence Music?

Common Fence Music is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

Common Fence Music began as an activity of the Common Fence Point Improvement Association in 1993 but became a separate organization soon after. Today we work side by side with our friends in the Association to keep the hall vibrant for all who rent the room for various functions. Common Fence Point Improvement Association Community Hall is a special place as this neighborhood community gathering spot was built as a country music dance hall and it has great live sound. The atmosphere is congenial with tables fanning out around the stage. And, there is plenty of free parking.

Common Fence Music Showcases the Best in
Folk, Roots and World Music.
Take a Chance on Something New. . .
You Won't be Disappointed!