Another busy week on the local music scene with several Newport Folk Festival veterans in town for concerts. Check out our “Six Picks” below.
Wood Brothers and Nicole Atkins Saturday at The Strand (Providence)
Roots-Rock trio The Wood Brothers return to downtown Providence Saturday night with a show at The Strand along with opener Nicole Atkins. We spoke with Oliver Wood last July when the band played PPAC. He had some thoughts about the resurgence of roots music today.
“There was the blues resurgence and the folk explosion in the late 1950’s. Sometimes it’s a reaction to what’s going on. After years of heavy rock, grunge, and pop-rock, people seemed to crave smaller scale acoustic music. For us, it started out as a back to basics thing with acoustic instruments. Ultimately, it resonates with people cause it’s good music.”
Check out the band Saturday night. And don’t miss tour de force opener Nicole Atkins, guaranteed to blow you away! Details here.
Jim Lauderdale Friday at Askew (Providence)
Jim Lauderdale, one of the founding fathers of Americana, has a special date at Askew in Providence Friday. The roots artist recently released a bluegrass-heavy album with Roland White, simply titled Jim Lauderdale and Roland White. RI country duo Cowboy and Lady open. Details here.
Lake Street Dive Sunday at The Vets (Providence)
Boston based rising stars Lake Street Dive are in town Sunday at the Vets. The Newport Folk alum bring their fresh R&B/Pop sound to town along with the new album Free Yourself Up. Check out their video below for a sneak peak. Details here.
The Temptations and The Four Tops Friday at Twin River (Lincoln) Two legendary R&B bands return to Twin River Friday night. Details here.
Petula Clark Friday at the Park Theatre (Cranston) – As a child, legendary performer Petula Clark sang for the troops in WWII. She visits the Park Theatre Friday night. Details here.
Dave Murphy Sunday at The Grange (Providence) – Local saxman Dave Murphy leads his trio at the popular monthly jazz series from PVD Live. Details here.