Our weekly music round-up “Six Picks” will focus on some music legends this week along with a pair of classic duos that have dates around the state. Our mantra this week – nothing before the 90’s! Don’t forget to click on our carefully curated videos for a preview.
Carl Palmer Thursday at Greenwich Odeum (East Greenwich)
A classic rock superstar plays the Greenwich Odeum Thursday when drummer Carl Palmer, the only surviving member of legendary prog-rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer, arrives in town. Considered one of the greatest drummers of all-time, Palmer will be fronting his own band, the ELP Legacy. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear a legend – click here for details.
Classic Rock at The Narrows Thursday and Friday (Fall River)
A couple of shows this weekend at the Narrows Center honor two classic acts. First, The Weight Band, made up of former members of The Band including Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, plays the hits of Dylan’s original backing band and more on Thursday. Then Friday, it’s the “Band of Friends” celebrating the music of Irish guitar great Rory Gallagher. Rory’s “friends” in include his former bass player Gerry McAvoy and former drummer Ted McKenna. Both nights promise to rock the rafters off the newly expanded space at the Narrows – details here.
DUOS – Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams Thursday at The Met (Pawtucket)
Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams are a husband/wife team who have played with numerous music legends including Paul Simon, BB King, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris between them, not to mention Larry’s long term trip on Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour.” They bring their road-tested skills to The Met Thursday on the heels of their recent release Contraband Love. Mark Erelli opens – Details here.
DUOS – Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Saturday at Park Theatre (Cranston)
Trumpeter Herb Alpert and singer Lani Hall have been making music together since the 1960’s when they met and later married. Hall got her start in 1966 as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. Alpert has sold over 70 million albums with his group the Tijuana Brass. Legends. Details on their Park Theatre show here.
Dueling Zeppelin – Friday Night at Strand and Ocean Mist
Well this doesn’t happen every day. Friday night, we have not one, but two Led Zeppelin tribute bands playing Rhode Island. The Strand in Providence has Philly based Get the Led Out and the Ocean Mist in Matunuck has Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. Oh, the choices we must make… Details here for the Strand and here for the Mist. Meanwhile, we’ll share some Zep below:
Paul Anka Saturday at Twin River
Legendary crooner Paul Anka returns to the Twin River Events Center Friday with a collection of hits dating back to the late 1950’s. He’s best known for tunes like “Puppy Love” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” Those who grew up in the 70’s may recall the deliciously creepy “You’re Having My Baby,” his #1 hit that was actually voted the #1 Worst Song on All Time” in a CNN poll. As such, the song became fodder for shows like “Family Guy” and “Big Bang Theory,” which of course makes it one of the coolest #1 hits ever, in a helter-skelter kind of way. Tickets still available – details here.