Big happenings around the state this week starting with a trio of Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame concerts. Get out and celebrate the achievements of RI artists!

RI Music Hall Concerts All Weekend

The 6th annual Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame concerts and induction ceremony will be held around the state this weekend. Several artists and others in technical fields are being inducted into the Hall. Three concerts, all open to the public, are scheduled:

Thursday April 26 – Jazz Inductions and Concert honoring Mike Renzi and John Chan at Chan’s (Woonsocket).

Friday April 27 – Folk and Songwriter Inductions and Concert honoring Tom Ghent and David Blue with a tribute performance of Blue’s music by Hall of Fame Inductees Mark Cutler (2015) and Bill Harley (2016) at POP! (Providence).

Sunday April 29 – Induction 2PM, Concert 3PM – Blues, Sideman, Educator and Technical Inductions and Concert Honoring James Montgomery, Paul Murphy, Lloyd Kaplan, LeRoy Bennett, Bob Morrissey and Andrew Polin at The Met (Pawtucket). 

Click here for all the details.

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Nicole Atkins Wednesday at Columbus (Providence)

One of the best albums of 2017 was Goodnight, Rhonda Lee from Nashville-based crooner Nicole Atkins. She’ll be playing tunes from that album and more in concert on Wednesday May 2 at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. Check out her video below for a preview and click here for tickets. Indianola opens.

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Chris Trapper Thursday at Harmony Lodge (Smithfield)

The Route 44 concert series at the Harmony Lodge in Smithfield continues Thursday with Boston singer-songwriter Chris Trapper. Formerly of The Push Stars, Trapper embarked on a solo career a few years back and recently released the critically acclaimed Symphonies of Dirt & Dust.  Bea opens at 7:30. Tickets here.

Mary Gautier Saturday at Common Fence (Portsmouth)

Mary Gautier is a leading voice on the Country/Roots scene today. Check out her latest release Rifles and Rosary Beads and then head to Common Fence in Portsmouth Saturday night to see her live. Details here.

Joe Bonamassa Thursday at PPAC (Providence)

Blues/Rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center Thursday. You’ll definitely enjoy his blistering guitar work on tunes from his latest solo album Blues of Desperation and more! Details here.