Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe

With St. Paddy’s weekend on the horizon, we’ve scouted a few good shows in the tradition of the green, as well as some gigs with uniquely talented female performers playing around town. See what we mean below with our “Six Picks” for RI music this week!

Anna and Elizabeth Friday at Hope and Main (Warren)

Anna and Elizabeth are a folk/roots duo who play traditional American music in the style of Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens, and other purists. They’ve received a lot of critical attention lately from outlets including NPR and No Depression magazine. Check them out at Hope and Main in Warren Friday night in advance of their new album The Invisible Comes to Us, which is being released later this month. Ian Fitzgerald Opens – Check out show details here.

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Lucius Saturday at Columbus Theatre (Providence)

Newport Folk favorites Lucius play “An Intimate Evening” at the Columbus Theatre in Providence Saturday night. The band, led by duo vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, just released a new album, NUDES after touring with Roger Waters in 2017. At press time, the show was sold out, click here if more tickets are released. Ethan Gruska opens.

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Newport Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!

Bars and Restaurants all over Newport will have lots of live music after the parade Saturday. Check out The Ravers at Jimmy’s Saloon from 2-5 or the HonkeyTonk Knights at the Midtown Oyster Bar. The Newport Blues Café has Felix Brown, Dirty Deeds, Fast Times and Darik & The Funbags, and Newport Grand has the Merchants of Cool (Foreigner tribute) Saturday night. Click here to link to all the festivities.

Sarah Potenza Sunday at Pumphouse Music (Wakefield)

RI native and “The Voice” star Sarah Pontenza is home for a couple of shows including Sunday night’s gig at the Pumphouse in Wakefield. Her 2016 album Monster was a statement of empowerment and added to her growing national fanbase. Check out her video below and head to Wakefield Sunday! Click here for details.

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Southside Johnny Friday at the Greenwich Odeum (East Greenwich)

Jersey rocker Southside Johnny returns to the Greenwich Odeum Friday. A contemporary of Bruce Springsteen, “Southside” and his band the Ashbury Jukes always puts on a great show – recent setlists include originals like “I Don’t Want to Go Home” and “Trapped Again” as well as covers from the Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, and of course, Springsteen.  A handful of seats remain here.

Red Hot Chili Pipers Sunday at The Vets (Providence)

Yes, we did a double-take as well. The Red Hot Chili PIPERS are a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers. They play “Bagrock” – and rock out they do. You’ll hear fusion of traditional pipe tunes – like “The Flowers of Scotland” and “The Hills of Argyll” to modern rock from Queen and Journey. They play The Vets in Providence Sunday – Details here.

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