Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (Feb 7-13)

Ward Hayden and the Outliers Play Nick-a-Nees Sunday

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Grand Funk Railroad & The Guess Who Saturday at Twin River (Lincoln)

Hey Hey, My My! Two seminal bands of the late 60’s/early 70’s return to Twin River Saturday night with all their hits. Rock out to Grand Funk hits like “We’re an American Band” and “I’m Your Captain” and boogie to Guess Who favorites “No Sugar Tonight” and “These Eyes.” Details here.

Marc Cohen Thursday at the Greenwich Odeum (East Greenwich)SOLD OUT

We interviewed Marc Cohn here last week and learned how he approaches touring, songwriting and more. He just released a new video with “Work to Do,” with the Blind Boys of Alabama, directed and animated by his daughter Emily – see below. Mark Erelli opens. Details here.

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Ward Hadyn and the Outliers at Nick-a-Nees Sunday (Providence)

The band formerly known as Girls, Guns, Glory hits Nick-a-Nees on their Dive bar tour Sunday evening for a special show. They’re testing out new arrangements and more so head on over on and rock out on a school night! Details here

Through the Doors and Piece of my Pearl at the German Club (Pawtucket)

A classic rock double bill is in store Saturday night at German Club in Pawtucket when Doors tribute Through the Doors are joined by Janis Joplin tribute Piece of my Pearl. Rock and roll Cali-style! Details here.

Common Fence Music Community Hoot Saturday (Portsmouth)

Common Fence Music invites you to their first ever Community Hoot. Barn Burning, Dave DePrest, Ed McGuirl, John McDaid, Jon Dember, Kate Mick, Malerie Day, Old School Pickers, Ramblin’ Rhode and Donald Russell Bailey will perform with only one winning – by vote – the title of Audience Favorite. They’ll close the evening with an open seisiun led by evening MC , Mike Fischman of legendary local folk group The Gnomes. Details here.

60 Years of the Newport Folk Festival with Rick Massimo Sunday at Museum of Work and Culture (Woonsocket)

Former Projo Music Critic Rick Massimo literally wrote the book on the Newport Folk Festival, “I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival.” He’ll be sharing stories Sunday afternoon at “Valley Talks,” as part of a series of free historical lectures at the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket. Details here.