Get ready for another busy weekend on the local music scene. Check out a punk rock legend and some “legends to be” who will be performing around RI and nearby Massachusetts. On to the music …
Patti Smith Friday
Friday night in New Bedford, don’t miss a rare appearance from Patti Smith, when she presents “an eclectic and intimate evening of readings, personal stories, and songs related to the new book Devotion.” Smith can be considered “the mother of punk rock;” she’s a legendary performer and artist who played the Newport Folk Festival in 2016. Some tickets remain for the Zeiterion Theatre show – and you get a free copy of Devotion. Details here. Meanwhile, check out the moving video below.
Music of Tom Petty Benefit Saturday
“A Higher Place” is a benefit concert honoring the music of Tom Petty and is the 2nd Petty memorial show in Providence in the past month. Saturday night’s event at the Met follows up on last month’s show at the Columbus Theatre, both featuring many of RI’s top musicians. The benefit will raise funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas. Over 40 Petty tunes will shake things up all night with RI based musicians including Richard Ribb, Rick Couto, Mark Cutler, Tanya McIntyre, Jimmy Berger, Karen Cappelli, Mike Tanaka and more! Details here.
Lovehandle and Jordan Renzi Friday
In our continuing series of a tale of two Parlors … Newport based roots rockers Lovehandle along with Jordan Renzi will be at The Café at the Parlor in Newport Friday. Cape Cod based Jordan Renzi is a talented up and coming singer-songwriter who is releasing an album in June – listen to a preview here. Details about the Friday night show here.
Barn Burning Saturday
A trio of rocking Providence bands play Saturday night at The Parlour in Providence when Barn Burning, Cactus Attack and Sharks Come Cruising appear. All three bands play variations of roots rock/Americana and have earned loyal followings. Little cover but lots of music! Details here.
Chris Monti Trio Saturday
Saturday night, head to Pour Judgement in Newport for the Chris Monti Trio, an eclectic band formed by guitarist Monti. They play originals, West African tunes, and Jamaican-accent-free reggae. It all adds up to a lot of fun! It’s our small club show of the week! No Cover – Details here.
Postmodern Jukebox Sunday
Want to have some fun? Then check out Scott Bradlee’s Post-Modern Jukebox Sunday night at The Vets in Providence. The band has been described as “a genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists that reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s.” If you’ve never seen them live, check out the video below. Ticket information and further details here.