Whats Up Rhode Island? It’s a big week for music legends past and present in the Providence area. “Six Picks” has your top shows from blues to rock to funk, and a whole lot in between. Read on and we’ll hit you with some of our best picks below.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Friday
1980’s rock queen Pat Benatar and husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo (along with their band) close out the summer concert season at Bold Point Park in East Providence Friday night. The husband/wife team continue to tour playing Benatar classics, a few newer songs, and some well known covers. Check out the unplugged Tiny Desk show below and then get ticket for tonight’s show here. Be sure to get there early for RI stars Roz Raskin (7PM) and Malyssa Bellarosa on the Point Stage at 5:00.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Friday
The greatest funk band ever created, Parliament Funkadellic, led by George Clinton hit The Strand (formerly Lupo’s) Saturday night. The psychedelic funk legend is approaching his 50th year leading the band and their show is as spectacular as ever. Details here.
Chris Hillman Saturday
We interviewed Chris Hillman here last week. The former Byrd, who release his new album Bidin’ Time, is playing Saturday at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, the best venue around for nationally touring Americana/Folk musicians. Check out Hillman and touring partner Herb Pederson below on the classic “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch a legend – details here.
Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson
You can’t go wrong at Chans, where Egg Rolls and Jazz along with folk, rock and blues fill the streets of Woonsocket every weekend. Tonight, blues master Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson and his band will bring a heavy dose of Chicago Blues. Check out the video to see what we mean and click here for tickets.
Duke Robillard Saturday
The Courthouse Center for the Arts has one of the RI’s great guitar players Saturday night when Duke Robillard and his band headline. Robillard, who is known worldwide for his blues stylings, has played with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, the late Ruth Brown and more. He’ll be joined by Sunny Crownover and Billy Novick for a night of great music. Details here.
Some classic videos of from this week’s show below: