Updated- Six Picks: The Best in Local Music this Week (Dec. 28 – Jan. 3)

“Six Picks” brings you some of the best in local music every Friday. In 2019, we plan to highlight the local venues where music is heard in southern New England. We’ll start early this weekend and feature three shows at the esteemed Narrows Center for the Arts. Check out our picks below.

Weekend of Rock at the Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River)

The Narrows Center in Fall River rules Southeastern Mass when it comes to roots, rock, blues, indie and more. They have shows all weekend – WURI will be there covering a couple – check back this weekend for reviews and photos.

Quinn Sullivan Friday

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By now, most New England music fans have heard of guitar virtuoso Quinn Sullivan, a young disciple of blues legend Buddy Guy. Sullivan has shared the stage with artists including Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa. He once opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar. Not a bad resume for a New Bedford kid who’s still in high school. Friday’s show is officially sold out, details here.

Ward Hayden and the Outliers Saturday

Ward Hayden and the Outliers (formerly Girls, Guns, Glory – see our story here) are a Boston-based band that blend traditional country and rock and roll perfectly. Their 2016 album Love and Protest is still a favorite and a new EP is expected early in 2019. We’ll be in the house with a review and photos – tickets still available here.

Postponed due to Illness: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Sunday

Check out the neo-soul/rock sounds of Arleigh Kincheloe, aka Sister Sparrow, along with her band the Dirty Birds Sunday night. The singer just released a new album, Gold, which showcases her modern R&B/Soul sound that will have you grooving all night long! Tickets and further details here.

 Local Show of the Week: Tapestries Friday at Askew (Providence)

Three top local bands check into Askew Friday for a night of great indie music.  Tapestries bring pysch-pop sounds, supported by rockers Austin Hevey and the Heavies and Rafey Rashid. Details here.

I&R at the Columbus Theatre Saturday (Providence)

RI native and now Nashville musician Josh Cournoyer visits the Columbus Theatre Saturday night with his band I&R. You’ll hear tunes from the band’s new album, Bankrupt City, and more. John Faraone and Mountainess open – details here.

New Year’s Eve Pick: The Silks at the Met (Pawtucket)

The party will be in full gear New Years Eve at the Met when one of RI’s best rock and roll bands rings in 2019. The Silks will rock the hell out of ’18 and welcome ’19 as good anyone around. Eric and the Nothing open at 9PM. Details here.