It’s another busy weekend on the area music scene with shows around the state. We focus on the roots this week – click on the videos for previews.
Shelby Lynn and Allison Moorer Friday
Big doings this weekend at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich where a couple of major shows are happening. Friday, its country-folk sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, who between them, have released 24 albums, won a Grammy and an Oscar. You’re likely to hear tunes from their first official collaboration, Not Dark Yet, as well as a few surprises. Ticket information here.
Al Stewart Saturday
Back in the summer of 1976, Al Stewart had a top selling album that dominated AM and FM radio. The veteran British singer-songwriter, who got his start in the folk music revival during the 1960’s, is playing the complete “Year of the Cat” album Saturday night at the Greenwich Odeum. The album overshadowed much of his previous and subsequent work, some of which you’ll also hear in the show. Enjoy if you have a ticket – its officially sold out.
Mardi Gras Ball Saturday
The 26th annual Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball arrives in Cranston Saturday with great food, wide open dancing, and of course, the best music. Bands include favorites Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, and the Knickerbocker All Stars, who will be playing a special set dedicated to Fats Domino. The event is run by Chuck Wentworth, producer of the annual Rhythm and Roots Festival. Details here.
Juice is an seven-piece band that features powerful lead vocals, fiery electric violin, tight grooves, and rich vocal harmonies. The Boston-based group has opened for national acts like DNCE and Ludacris, and recently won the $20,000 Grand Prize at the 2016 “Land The Big Gig competition” at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers open. Details here.
Fourteen Strings Saturday
A roots concert series at the Dartmouth Grange brings Fourteen Strings to North Dartmouth Saturday night. The band, that blends rock, folk, and traditional music and features Matt Smith on mandolin, Dave Conlon on guitar, and Jay Costa on bass. Check out further details here.
Delta Generators Sunday
Sunday afternoon, the Narragansett Café in Jamestown (“The Ganny”) has a good time scheduled with the Delta Generators, a group that straddles and occasionally crosses the line between rhythm and blues. The New England based band has won numerous awards, and has shared the stage with acts including Robert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three Dog Night, and Jimmie Vaughn. Show begins at 4PM.