Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Feb. 22-Feb. 28)

Fans of roots-rock have a lot to see this week as a several top acts play around PVD. We connect the dots of the Americana genre from across the pond in the UK to the American heartland. Check out our “Six Picks” for the final week in February.

John Mellencamp Friday at PPAC (Providence)

Indiana native John Mellencamp returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center Friday night with his band. Mellencamp has been busy in recent years touring, recording and serving on the board of Farm Aid, the organization he co-founded in the 1980’s with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. His shows promise a mix of old and new, including songs from his latest release, Other People’s Stuff. Very few tickets remain – click here for details.

John Mellencamp at Farm Aid 2018

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Sunday at The Vets (Providence)

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A pair of master musicians return to The Vets in Providence Sunday night for a “an acoustic evening” featuring their spin on American music. Texan Lyle Lovett fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues and John Hiatt is a brilliant lyricist and storyteller. Together, they present a great night of music. Tickets and further details available here.   

Local Show of the Week: Geo Trio Saturday at Nick-a Nees (Providence)

Geo Trio is an eclectic band that play an instrumental blend of surf, funk, country, rock and jazz. Don’t miss their CD release show at an early hour Saturday afternoon starting around 5PM at Nick-A-Nees. Check out some clips here and head to the free show. T Rex Smash opens. Details here.

Spirit Family Reunion Saturday at the Knickerbocker Café (Westerly)

Brooklyn based Americana folkies Spirit Family Reunion play the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly Saturday night. The band has graced the Newport Folk stage on three occasions and shared the bill with numerous legends including Pete Seeger and Levon Helm. Deer Tick mainstay Ian O’Neil opens. Details here.

William Tyler Saturday at the Columbus Theatre (Providence)

Guitar fans won’t want to miss the inventive styling of American primitivist William Tyler Saturday night. Tyler has toured and recorded with acclaimed bands including Lambchop, Silver Jews and Bonnie Prince Billy, but has been doing a solo thing in recent years. He’s a critic’s favorite. Details here.

Mumford and Sons Wednesday at the Dunk (Providence)

Mumford and Sons return to the area following a surprise “unannounced” set at the 2018 Newport Folk Festival. The “Delta Tour” celebrates the release of their new album, Delta, and they promise a special show with a “groundbreaking new in-the-round stage design.” Sounds like there won’t be a bad seat in the house. Tickets and further details available here.