Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (May 17-23)

Duke Robillard Plays the Met Sunday

This weekend we shine the spotlight on RI based performers, including a few who have made the big time.

Duke Robillard & His All Star Band Sunday (5-19) at The Met (Pawtucket)

One of RI’s greatest ever guitarist has an album release show at The Met Sunday.  Duke Robillard, solo artist and veteran of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan’s band and more will be joined by local greats Chris Cote, Sunny Crownover, Mark Cutler, Dave Howard, Klem Klimek and others. Duke’s new album, Ear Worms, sees the celebrated artist reaching back to his youth, featuring early rock songs from Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, Link Wray and Duane Eddy among others. Don’t miss this one – Details here.

Local Show of the Week: Jodi Treloar Sampson & Sneakytown, SwampBirds, Grace Goodrich Saturday (5-18) at Parlour (Providence)

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Local singer-songwriter Jodie Treloar Sampson, who’s played with several area bands, will be presenting her newest band Sneakytown Saturday night. The band includes Eric Sampson on bass, Steven Demers on electric guitar, Dan Ulmschneider on drums, and Brian Jablonski on pedal steel. Swampbirds and Grace Goodrich also appear. Details here.

Lindsay Adler Saturday at Sandywoods (Tiverton)

Lindsay Adler is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who bridges the gaps between ancient and modern roots music, crossing cultural boundaries with her unique blend of eclectic folk fusion. Saturday night, she’ll have a variety of acoustic and electric stringed instruments including hurdy gurdy, shruti, bouzouki and guitar as she plays Sandywoods Center for the Arts. Click here for details.

Bob Dylan’s Birthday show Saturday (5-18) at Patrick’ Pub (Providence)

Celebrate The legend’s 78th birthday at the 21st annual Bob Dylan Night Revival at Patricks Pub in Providence. Three bands, a video presentation, and numerous debates about the meaning of Dylan’s lyrics will happen … more seriously, proceeds from the evening benefit the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Click here for details.

RISA Songwriters Showcase Saturday at the Brooklyn Coffee (Providence)

Saturday is the final show of the season for the R.I. Songwriters Association at the Brooklyn Coffee Tea and Guest House. The stellar series which focuses attention on local artists, wraps up with Jon Faraone, Chuck Williams and Dean Petrella. Details here.

The English Beat Wednesday (5-22) at the Narrows Center (Fall River)

UK based Ska-rockers The English Beat are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Led by founding member Dave Wakeling, the band will present classic  tunes like “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It For Later,” and “I Confess,” as well as a few covers and songs from their 2016 album Here We Go Love. Details here.