Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (May 24- May 30)

Joanne Shaw Taylor Plays the Narrows Center Saturday

A warm forecast for Memorial Day weekend means its time to get out and catch as much live music as you can. Here’s your starter pack – our “Six Picks” of some of the best music around RI!

Local Show of the Week: Ali McGuirk, Thank God for Science, Smith &Weeden Saturday at Goodwill Engine Co. (Providence)

Welcome a (kinda, sorta) new venue to town Saturday night when the former Firehouse 13 is re-born as the Goodwill Engine Co. The new club, which will include a restaurant and hostel in the future, is the brainchild of local musician, promoter and blogger Chrissy Stewart. Boston’s Ali McGuirk headlines the inaugural show appearing with Thank God for Science and Smith & Weeden. Details here.

Sean Rowe Saturday at the Columbus Theatre (Providence)

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Indie singer-songwriter Sean Rowe is returning to the Columbus Theatre Saturday night. Rowe is known for his soulful vocals and astute songwriting … and his excellent take on the Richard Thompson classic below.  Providence based singer-songwriter John Faraone opens the show. Details here.

Joanne Shaw Taylor Saturday at the Narrows Center (Fall River)

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British born rising force in blues music who now makes her home in Detroit. Her modern blues sound is heavily influenced by her fore-mothers – Aretha, Tina and Mavis. Check out her show Saturday night at the Narrows Center. Details here.

The Vox Hunters Friday at The Collaborative (Warren)

The Vox Hunters are an RI based roots duo comprised of Armand Aromin and Benedict  Gagliardi. The pair is known for their unique take on the traditional music of the British Isles, Ireland, and North America. You’ll hear a variety of stringed instruments in their show Friday at the Collaborative in Warren. Sweet Cousin Maldehyde opens. Details here.

Cabana Boys Monday at the Windjammer (Westerly)

We’ll be covering some of our favorite beach bars and beach bands this summer! Our beachfront show of this week happens Memorial Day afternoon at the Windjammer Surf Bar in Westerly. The island duo known as Cabana Boys plays everything from Petty to Buffett to Belafonte – pure oceanfront bliss.  Details here.

Slayer Saturday at Xfinity (Mansfield)

Things will be heating up fast at the Xfinity Center Saturday night when thrash metal favorites Slayer inaugurate the concert season there. The full night of metal begins at 6PM with openers Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse. Tickets and further details here.