The energetic and highly entertaining band, Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (RPR), comes to Chapman Hall at Middlesex Community College on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for a free concert. This is the only New England appearance for the Canadian band, and the event is open to the public, with free parking available on campus. MxCC will be collecting non-perishable food or monetary donations for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown at the door. Please register for this event at http://mxcc.edu/rpr.
RPR is made up of Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie – who were the former rhythm section of the Canadian “supergroup,” Tanglefoot, an iconic acoustic folk band that disbanded in 2009. RPR started to take form, building on the acoustic roots of Tanglefoot and adding electric bass, electric guitar and percussion (Beaker Granger). In 2013, the band released its first CD, Trans Atlantic, and began touring throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Audiences love their trademark harmonies, original compositions, and energetic renditions of songs by legends such as Robert Plant and Bob Dylan.
In a March 2013 review, The Beat Magazine said of RPR: “They sing raucously and passionately with big stirring harmonies….at times with roaring vigour at others with sparse intensity, creating many moods…songs full of humour, pathos and love.”
“We chose to invite RPR to MxCC because Tanglefoot was popular among our local folk music community,” explained Adrienne Maslin, MxCC dean of students. “We have such a diverse population at MxCC with students of all ages and varying tastes in music, and we truly want to reflect that in the cultural opportunities we offer at MxCC. Additionally, we want to expose our students and the community to different styles and musical genres they may not have considered. This is such a wonderful opportunity for music lovers of all ages who want to experience a high-energy, first-class concert in a great local venue.”
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (www.mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and online.