This week “Six Picks” previews several local shows with an emphasis on the singer-songwriter. We’ve also got world music sounds from a favorite spot for folks in Portsmouth and the annual post-Valentines Day Love Hangover to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Love Hangover Thursday at Parlour (Providence)

Big doings tonight in Providence where a horde of RI’s best singer-songwriters gather at the Parlour for the annual “Love Hangover.” The list of performers include Man and Wife, Bill and Gabi, Jen and Brian, Cowboy and Lady, Dan Blakeslee and many more. It’s an early show, starting around 7PM, and it benefits the Pediatric Heart Center of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Check out the Silverteeth video featuring Bill and Gabi below. Details here.

Ian Fitzgerald Saturday at Pump House (Wakefield)

Newport Folk Festival veteran and area native Ian Fitzgerald has established himself as one of the nation’s top songwriters. His songs are full of compelling stories, mostly real and a few imagined. Saturday night, he’s be playing the Pump House in Wakefield along with special guest Kate Mick. Further details here.

Josiah Johnson (Head and the Heart) Saturday at Knickerbocker (Westerly)

The Westerly Sound Concert Series at the Knickerbocker is a new series of shows featuring some of the best in indie music. Saturday night, check out Josiah Johnson of The Head and the Heart, along with opener Widower. Check out the link here for future shows with artists from The Lumineers, Spirit Family Reunion and more.

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones at Chan’s (Woonsocket)

We’ll take you from Westerly to Woonsocket to hear one of the regions top blues bands Saturday night when Sugar Ray & the Bluetones return to Chan’s, the state’s premier venue for blues and jazz. Lead by the sweet soulful singing of blues harp ace Sugar Ray Norcia, the band includes Monster Mike Welch on guitar, Anthony Geraci on piano, Mudcat Ward on bass and Neil Grouvin on drums. Details here.

Só Sol Sa Friday at Hope and Main (Warren)

A pair of cool shows this weekend at Common Fence Music starting Friday with Boston-based folk group Só Sol. The husband wife team of Jessica DaSilva (vocals, percussion, banjo) and John Garrett (vocal, guitar), performs original songs, transitioning effortlessly between lyrics in English and Brazilian Portuguese. Check out their Bandcamp site here for a taste of their sound. The show will be held at Hope and Main in Warren. Details here.

Latin Dance Party Saturday at Common Fence (Portsmouth)

Saturday night, world music sounds continue at Common Fence with a Valentine’s Latin Dance featuring Robertico Arias y su Alebreke. Get out and dance to the Salsa beat from the Providence based band led by Robertico Arias, a talented musician and master percussionist from the Dominican Republic. Click here for details.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music, the arts and more for What'sUpNewp. He is also a contributor to Providence Monthly, SO RI, Hey Rhody and The Bay magazines.
Ken DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse," a roots/folk/rock radio show every Tuesday, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM. He is a former educator in the Scituate, RI school system where he taught Social Studies for over 30 years.
Ken is presently on the board of the Rhode Island Folk Festival and Newport Live (formerly Common Fence Music), a non-profit that brings diverse musical acts to the Newport area.