Ken Abrams writes about music for What'sUpNewp, FolkRadioUK, Popdose, and NoDepression.com. By day, he is a school teacher deep in the woods of RI.

Welcome to “Six Picks,” a weekly column that lets you know “What’s Up” in local music. Our picks will include shows at large stadiums, small theaters, and the best dive bars in and around Rhode Island. We’ll feature a variety of bands and genres, from punk to jazz and everything in between. Local artists and venues are encouraged to e-mail suggestions to Ken Abrams. Check back weekly!

Here’s What’sUp this holiday weekend …

Maybird at Columbus – Thursday

Part of the fun of writing a weekly music column is the joy that comes with discovering a new band. Or at least new to me. I’ve been digging the psyche–pop sounds of Maybird, a Brooklyn, by way of Rochester, NY band that plays tonight at the Columbus Theatre. Their new album, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, rings with a jangly power-pop sound splashed with 70’s AM radio harmonies behind 21st-century lyrics. Not to be missed! The Sun Parade opens around 9 PM. Details here.

The Low Cards at Pour Judgement – Thursday

Start your holiday weekend early at Pour Judgement in Newport where the Tweed Leisure series continues with The Low Cards. The Providence-based band has a swampy blues sound that kicks some serious ass. Catch two full sets tonight at Pour Judgement on Broadway. Details here.

Brandi Carlile at Fete – Friday

Spend an evening with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile at Fete in Providence Friday night. The Americana (with a pop edge) artist has seen her stock continue to rise with her 2015 release The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which reached #9 on the Billboard album chart. Details here. Late word – the show is sold out!

John Hammond at Courthouse Center – Saturday

Legendary bluesman John Hammond pays a visit to Kingston Saturday night. Hammond, who is said to have introduced Bob Dylan to The Band, has played with countless blues and rock legends, and performed over 4000 shows in his career. Details of his show at the Courthouse Center for the Arts here.

Greg Abate – Saturday

Rhode Island has always had a strong jazz scene, and Chan’s in Woonsocket has consistently been the best place to hear “America’s original art form.” Greg Abate is a homegrown jazz superstar, recognized internationally for his saxophone skills. He’ll perform at Chan’s with the Tim Ray Trio Saturday night at 8 PM. Details here.

Peter Holsapple at Salvation – Monday

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Salvation Café in Newport when the artfully curated Salvation series returns. Peter Holsapple is known in music circles as co-leader of the critically praised dB’s – he’s also toured with REM, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Continental Drifters. See what he’s been up to lately Monday at 7 PM. Details here.

Ken Abrams writes about music for What’sUpNewp, What’sUpRhodeIsland, and other national publications. This week, he’s listening to new music from Jade Jackson, John Moreland, some Coltrane and classic Marvin Gaye. E-mail him here.

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