Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Oct. 12-18)

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Along with the usual selection of top area concerts, “Six Picks” features a mini-interview this week. We’ve got a nice blend of local stars along with a few 20th century heroes of rock. Check out the details below.

Local Show of the Week: Arc Iris Friday at the Columbus Theatre (Providence)

Critically acclaimed Providence band Arc Iris plays our “Local Show of the Week.” (We know, they’re internationally known, but still “local” too!) The indie-pop trio has an album release show for Icon of Ego at the Columbus Theatre. Vocalist and guitarist Jocie Adams tells WURI that the album is about “followers, leaders and rebels, and how their rolls interact with one another.”

Adams added, “we often incorporate local art pieces into our shows, which we will be doing Friday. We have some costume design work that was done by Meredith Younger, who we met through the creation of our $GNMS music video (made in Providence by Julia Liu), which will be revealed later this year.” Renata Zeiguer opens at 8PM. Details here. Meanwhile, check out their hope-filled new video “If You Can See” below. Recognize anyone?

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A Twin Peaks Halloween Friday at Askew (Providence)

Start your Halloween early Friday night at Askew with “A Twin Peaks Halloween!” The tribute to the beautifully weird TV series features musicians Allysen Callery, Ava Callery, John Faraone and Noble Dust. In addition, the What Cheer DJ’s will be spinning tunes from the iconic TV show all night long. Who knows what to expect… Details here.

Melissa Ethridge Friday at Twin River (Lincoln)

Melissa Ethridge has been a part of the national music scene for 30 years now. She’s coming to town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough 1993 album “Yes I Am,” which featured the hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” and earned Etheridge a Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. The Twin River show is nearing a sell-out – get tickets and further details here.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Saturday at the Park Theatre (Cranston)

Carl Palmer is the drummer of the legendary prog-rock group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He carried on after losing his co-founders in recent years. This weekend, he’s bringing Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy to the Park Theatre in Cranston. The show, a tribute to his deceased partners, features most of ELP’s best known music including tunes like “Lucky Man,” “From the Beginning,” and “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Details here.

Blues Traveler Saturday at The Strand (Providence)

It’s always a good time when 90’s rockers Blues Traveler are in town. The Grammy winning band led by John Popper returns to Providence Saturday with a brand-new album in the works. Animal Years opens at 9PM. Details here. 

Jazz at the Grange Sunday (Providence)

Every 2nd Sunday of the month, you can catch up and coming jazz artists at the Grange in Providence. This week, it’s saxophonist Ben Shaw bringing the good vibes. Keep jazz alive in RI and stop by this free show Sunday evening starting at 8PM. Details here.