Growing up in West London, with native origins in Ghana, and then later moving to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Kwame Binea moved around before setting up home in New York City to unearth his artistic aspirations as a burgeoning singer/songwriter. Binea is strongly influenced by rock 'n' roll, blues and folk, while driven by the need to spread peace, love and positivity through music. The Kwame Binea Shakedown is an elevated experience that is meant to get audiences of all ages and backgrounds moving and grooving to Binea’s powerful vocals and catchy grooves.
Having cut his chops in the rock club circuit of New York City, The Shakedown rounds of Binea's vocals and guitar with featuring horns, guitars, bass and drums. The band's name pays homage to the band's beginning, when their rehearsals shook the walls of Binea’s apartment in Harlem. In 2015, after releasing their self titled debut EP, the band toured the United States, bringing their music to South by Southwest as well as three national tours in Europe. Their debut album in 2017, Roots, Rock and Universal Love, features a collaboration with GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist/producer Vernon Reid and Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff.
Opening Act: The Z-Boyz
NeighborWorks® Blackstone River Valley
2019 Levitt AMP Concert Series Winner • June 14 – August 23, 2019
The Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series will return for the second year, enlivening River Island Art Park — an urban green space within steps of the city’s Main Street — and reinvigorating what was once a scenic and bustling public gathering place in the heart of the city. Through engaging, family-friendly concerts that bring residents and local businesses together, the 2019 series will continue to catalyze cultural, community and economic growth in the center of Woonsocket.
Presented by the NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, a nonprofit community development corporation that works to enrich neighborhood life throughout Northern Rhode Island, in partnership with the City of Woonsocket Office of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, St. James Baptist Church and College Ready Communities.