Singing for Shelter Thursday

“Singing for Shelter” returns to the Channing Church in Newport tonight when a group of the city’s finest join forces for a night to fight homelessness. The 10th annual night of music benefits Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. Performers include Jack Casey, Ed McGuirl, Mike Fischman, Tom Perrotti, Joe Lambiase, Joanne Rodino, Zanricky Duo, Michelle Siegal, Matt Bruneau, Leslie Grimes and many more! Details here.

John Doe

John Doe Saturday

Another in an occasional series of shows at Pop Emporium in Providence is happening this weekend when legendary punk icon John Doe plays Saturday night. Doe is best known as the co-founder of iconic LA punk band X, and Saturday’s show accompanies a photo exhibition “Out of Control: 40 Years of Punk” which includes the work of noted RI photographer Richard McCaffrey. RI’s Tall Teenagers open – Event is sold out.

Christmas in Blackstone Valley Sat. and Sun.

The annual Blackstone River Theatre Christmas Celebration is this weekend in Cumberland. The popular show is held both Saturday and Sunday and includes seasonal performances and more from artists including Armand Aromin, Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Benedict Gagliardi, Russell Gusetti, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and Ed Sweeney. Tickets and further info here.

Marty Stuart Friday

Country legend Marty Stuart returns to the Narrows Center Friday along with his band The Fabulous Superlatives. Stuart is a Grammy-winning country purist, in the tradition of George Jones and Johnny Cash. Boston-based Girls, Guns & Glory, riding high after a recent European tour, open the show – details here.

Samantha Fish

James Montgomery Blues Band Friday

Friday night Chan’s has New England blues legend James Montgomery and his band. Montgomery learned from legends like John Lee Hooker and James Cotton, and has shared the stage with artists including Gregg Allman, Aerosmith and Bonnie Raitt. Always a great time – details here.

Samantha Fish Wednesday

Next Wednesday Dec. 13th, check out the roots inspired sounds Samantha Fish at The Met. The Kansas City native is a rising star in blues music and is renowned for her live shows. Expect to hear some tunes from her new album Belle of the West, released last month. Details here.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and more. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.