Grace Morrison Plays NIMFEST Sunday July 1

“Six Picks” is our weekly line-up of some of the best music around the state. We’re well into the summer concert season and that means tons of great vibes. Read on for details. (Photo: Grace Morrison)

Lori McKenna Sunday at Greenwich Odeum (East Greenwich)

Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna is one of the nation’s top country music songwriters. In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Tim McGraw’s #1 hit “Humble and Kind.” Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. She did it all while raising five kids up the road in Stoughton, MA. Hear the songs and the stories Sunday night – Details here. Check out McKenna below on “Stealing Kisses,” a song made famous by Faith Hill.

Outlaw Roadshow Thursday at Alchemy (Providence)

Some of Boston and NYC’s best known indie artists descend on Providence tonight for the “Outlaw Roadshow,” an occasional series at Alchemy. Check out the unique alternative voices of the Alpaca Gnomes, Rick Berlin and the Nickel & Dime Band, Eddie Japan, Brian Dunne and Jenee Halstead. Details here.

Bella’s Bartok Friday at The Parlor (Newport)

Bella’s Bartok bring their unique “circus punk” show to Newport Friday with a show at The Parlor. Their gypsy folk sound can blow the roof off – a good time is guaranteed! Rah and Short Film get the party started. Details here.

Kate Mick and Friends Friday at AS220 (Providence)

Roots banjo extraordinaire Kate Mick headlines a folk/roots show Friday night at AS220 in Providence. Mick is known for her compelling lyrics and stark indie banjo sound. The impressive line-up is headlined by Boston folk duo Strangers by Accident. John Farone and Natale will also appear. Details here.

Grace Morrison Sunday at NIMFEST (King’s Park, Newport)

Head for the cool breezes of Newport Sunday for another respected New England singer-songwriter. Grace Morrison headlines the first NIMFEST concert of the season at King’s park under the gazebo. The music starts at 3PM and continues all summer long. Sunday’s show also features Ramblin’ Rhode, Carrigan Nelson, and the Slackwater String Band. Details here.

The Roots Sunday at Bold Point (East Providence)

The Roots return to RI after last year’s triumphant appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival for a show Sunday night at Bold Point Park. With a dozen Grammy nominations, the Philly, PA hip-hop/R&B band is of course best known as the house band on the Tonight Show. STL GOLD opens at 6PM- Tickets and further details here. Check out The Roots on NPR’s Tiny Desk…

Ken Abrams

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