Festival season ain’t over in RI as the Rhythm and Roots Festival returns to Ninigret Park in Charlestown this weekend. We could easily make our “Six Picks” from that festival alone, but want to include a couple of other sweet shows this weekend. Here’s where it’s at…
Rhythm and Roots Festival Fri, Sat, Sun at Ninigret Park (Charlestown)
A diverse mix of talent is appearing this year playing this year and we’ve got some favorite picks for each day of the Festival. From Dance Tent bands like C.J. Cernier to Kids Tent shows from Len Cabral and Kristin Andreassen, this festival has something for everyone. And several bands play more than once, so you’ll have a chance to catch them if you get busy at another stage. Details here.
Friday is a tough choice between outlaw country champion Steve Earle and Ward Hayden and the Outliers (formerly Girls, Guns, & Glory/pictured). Earle brings his unapologetic message and heavy guitar to town, while Boston-based Hayden is a simply perfect country singer backed by a tight, talented band. We’re also excited to see Feufollet, a young Louisiana band that blends Cajun, country and rock and roll.
Saturday we’ll focus on a couple of the the more traditional country/bluegrass/swing artists. Nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep the Wheel bring a fast-paced country style while Leftover Salmon fits a little better into the “Newgrass” category. Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans brings a “boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, and a whole lot of Southern charm.” All three bands promise a lot of fun.
Sunday’s headliner is reason enough to head down to Ninigret. The legendary Taj Mahal will be performing on the main stage to close out the weekend. Before that, don’t miss an early afternoon Gospel call to action with “Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman with Rebel Montez and the Sin Sisters. Details and full bio’s on all the artists can be found here.
Local Show of the Week: John Faraone, Haunt the House & Bernard John at Galactic Theatre (Warren)
Speaking of roots music, three talented area acts are playing Friday night at the Galactic Theatre on Main St. in Warren. Singer-Songwriters John Faraone, Haunt the House & Bernard John bring songs of light and darkness, along with the occasional Click here for details.
R&B Heritage Month Festival Friday at Cape Verdean Progressive Center (East Providence)
If you’re taste runs more in the Rhythm and Blues direction, check out the 10th Annual R&B Heritage Month Festival Friday with Tish Adams & Bluz You Can Use at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center in East Providence. The annual event is sponsored by the RI Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society, an organization that strives to preserve and promote Rhythm and Blues in Rhode Island. Details here.
Dylan Earl and the Reason Why Sunday at Nick-a-Nees (Providence)
Sunday night at Nick-a-Nees, country fans should check out rising talent Dylan Earl and the Reasons Why. Check out his website here for a preview of his traditional country sound. As always, it’s a free show, but don’t forget to buy some merch and tip your bartender. Details here.