There’s a delightful mix of pre-4th of July shows around the state this weekend. We’ve got R&B, Jazz, Alternative, and a serving or two of Folk in our weekly column “Six Picks.” Read on for all the details.
Aimee Mann Thursday
Aimee Mann began her career in Boston in the 1980’s singing and playing bass with her iconic band Till Tuesday. She’s had a busy solo career since and just put out a well-received album Mental Illness. Hear some new tunes along with some classics at her show tonight at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. Jonathan Coulton opens around 8PM. Details here.
Some hip folks play Aurora in Providence tonight led by headliner Whetherman. Singer-songwriter Nicholas Williams is Whetherman, and he’s just released a new album, an impressive blend of folk, bluegrass, and Americana titled This Land. Openers Allysen Callery and Joshua Marcus promise to bring the Nazz. $10 cover – details here.
Danielle Ponder Friday
Friday night is the annual Jamestown Arts Center Summer Soiree and this year they welcome R&B/Soul sensation Danielle Ponder with her band Tomorrow People. Ponder has that sexy soulful sound guaranteed to get you arrested on the dance floor. But no worries, she’s a Public Defender by day, so all is cool. 😊 The festivities begin at 7PM – Details here.
Head back to the Columbus Theatre Friday for Newport’s own Silverteeth (pictured above). The indie alternative rockers are led by RI native and guitarist Bill Bartholomew, and include drummer Keith Robinson and Brazilian native Gabriela Rassi on bass and vocals. The band relocated to Newport from Brooklyn, NY recently, and bring power trio 90’s rock to Providence Friday. Audrey Harrer opens around 9PM – details here.
United Folk Fest Saturday
There’s a new Festival coming to Westerly Saturday. The United Folk Festival has an impressive line-up of folk and Americana artists including Blitzen Trapper, Langhorne Slim and PVD’s own Low Anthem. The best part – its all free at Westerly’s Wilcox Park beginning around Noon. Complete details here.
Django All Stars Saturday
Django Reinhart was a legendary French guitarist who revolutionized jazz guitar. The Django Reinhart Festival All-Stars bring his “hot jazz” style to the Park Theatre in Cranston Saturday night. Influenced by mid-century jazz greats Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, the band has played numerous prestigious venues including the Newport Jazz Festival. Hear what it’s all about Saturday night – details here.