Six Picks: The best in Local Music this Week (Jan. 18 – Jan 24)

This weekend offers a range of great music in the area with the emphasis on musicianship. We continue to highlight some top-notch bands passing through the area along with a bunch of independent minded artists who have no problem doing their own thing. Read on for our “Six Picks” this week.

Neko Case Wednesday at the Columbus Theatre (Providence)

Neko Case has had a remarkable career staying true to an independent spirit that continues to guide her artistry. She writes and sings in that hard to define genre known as Americana, but her sound has always been truly original. She’ll be at the Columbus Theatre for a very special show Wednesday January 23. Margaret Glaspy opens around 8PM. A few tickets remain – Details here.

Why Saturday at the Columbus Theatre (Providence)

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Why is a critically acclaimed indie hip hop band formed in 1997 by Yoni Wolf in Cincinnati. They’ll be at the Columbus Theatre in Providence Saturday night celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout release Alopecia. We’re hoping to be there covering it – tickets still available here.

Panic at the Disco Saturday at The Dunk (Providence)

Live music returns to the confines of the Dunkin Donuts Center this weekend when Panic at the Disco brings their “Pray for the Wicked” tour to town. The band is fresh off a Grammy nomination in 2017 for their album Death of a Bachelor which was the Billboard #1 rock album of 2016. Some tickets still available. Two Feet and Betty Who open. Details here.

Cutler Weekend (Sat and Sun) at The Met (Pawtucket)

We previewed the Mark Cutler tribute, “Too Many Stars” here earlier this week. The concert will bring out a bevy of RI musical greats from the 1970’s to the present to celebrate Cutler’s work and aid in his cancer fight. Over 100 RI area artists are scheduled to appear! We’ll be there – you should too! Details here.

Local Show of the Week: Tex and Yo Friday at Strings Bar and Grill (Johnston)

Tex and Yo are a Connecticut based duo that blend blues, Americana, some sweet guitar licks and astute lyrics to create a swampy mix that you might even be able to dance to. Lead guitarist Tex, aka Glen Sciurba, once toured with Badfinger and recorded with the likes of Jack Cassady (Jefferson Airplane), Albert Collins and the Rolling Stones, is joined by Yolanda on rhythm guitar and vocals.  You can find them at Strings in Johnston Friday night. Details here.

Freak Fest Saturday at Fete (Providence)

The 10th Annual Freak Fest is a feast for the eyes and ears with two stages of “punk, metal, rock, sideshows and weirdos.” Bands include Anti Flag, Scissorfight & Senior Discount. Experience it Saturday starting at Noon at Fete in Providence. Details here.