Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Sept. 21 – 27)

Margo Price at 2018 Newport Folk Festival

Music Festivals are everywhere this weekend and we’ve got several previewed below on “Six Picks,” our weekly round up of some of the best in local music. We’ll kick it off in the “Bucket” with three stages full of music Saturday. Read on for details…

Downtown Rising Saturday (Pawtucket)

Definitely head to the Pawtucket Saturday for Downtown Rising, a convergence of three music festivals that represent the cultural diversity of the city. Three stages of music all day feature “Rocktucket” with bands like Funk Underground and Cactus Attack, “Culture Shock” with Chachi Carvallo and the Extraordinary Rendition Band, and “River Bend” with Malyssa BellaRosa, Michael Graham, Ian Fitzgerald and Jen Long and the Whale Guitar … among many others! It’s all free with a $5 donation suggested. The line-up is one of the best collection of local artists seen in a long time … Wish I could be there but … prior commitment (see Farm Aid below). Details here.

Outlaw Music Festival Friday at Xfinity Center (Mansfield)

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If you got sold out of Farm Aid (see below), you can catch many of the same artists at the Outlaw Country Festival Friday at the Xfinity Center. Badassery will reign supreme with performers Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Particle Kid. Details here.

Farm Aid Saturday at Xfinity Theatre (Hartford, CT)

Farm Aid is an annual event that began in 1985 when Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp got together to help struggling farmers. The mission continues and the founders are getting the gang together on Saturday in Hartford, CT for the 33rd annual festival. This year, the boys are joined by Margo Price, Dave Matthews, Kacey Musgraves and Nathaniel Rateliff, among others. If you got sold out, you can catch the webcast here or listen on Sirius/XM live on Channel 59. We’ll have photos and a review on Monday! Details here.

The Rascals Saturday at the Park Theatre (Cranston)

Who can resist the classic 60’s sounds of the The Rascals known for tunes line “Good Lovin,” “Groovin’,” and “Beautiful Morning?” If you’re the one, you can catch them Saturday night at the Park Theatre in Cranston, as the band hits town led by legendary founder Felix Cavaliere. Details here.

Local Show of the Week: Eric and the Nothing Sunday at Askew (Providence)

Askew in Providence has a rock show on tap Sunday night. Check out new sounds from Eric and the Nothing, along with B&TW, Cherry Pit, and Ava Callery opening. Hold on to the weekend for as long as possible with four top local acts! Details here.

ICR Music Festival Sunday (Saunderstown)

The Indian Corner Music Festival comes to Portsmouth Sunday. Rock out with several local bands all afternoon including Silverteeth, The Naticks, the Z-Boys and Slurp. Tickets only $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Details here.

Check out some Farm Aid videos below: