Another busy summer weekend on the RI music scene. We’re highlighting a super mix of national acts, some talented locals and a new festival happening in Cranston. Read all about it on “Six Picks.”

RI Blues Festival at All Weekend at Mulligan’s Island (Cranston)

Mulligan’s Island, usually a golf range off Reservoir Ave in Cranston, transforms into the first (hopefully annual) RI Blues Festival this weekend. Local and national stars will take the stage including Marcia Ball, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Lois Greco along with rising stars Heather Gillis and Selwyn Birchwood. Help grow this promising locally produced festival Saturday and Sunday. Details here.

Foo Fest Saturday at AS220 (Providence)

The annual Foo Fest celebrating the arts is coming to downtown Providence Saturday and the musical line up is staggering. The diverse schedule features indie band galore with Pere Ubu, Rah Digga, Harvey Garbage, Chachi Carvahlo and Boo City. Ricky Rainbow Beard hosts this annual event that supports all the great work of PVD’s AS220.  

Chris Isaak at Twin River Saturday (Lincoln)

Put on your cool… Chris Isaak is coming to the Twin River Events Center Saturday. Isaak will bring songs from his latest release First Comes The Night as well as classics like “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Wicked Game.” His live shows really bring the heat – a few tickets remain. Details here.

Local Show of the Week: The Huntress Friday at the Columbus Theatre

Morganeve Swain continues her creative journey forward leading her band The Huntress and the Holder of Hands to the Columbus Theatre in Providence Friday night. The band’s 2017 release Avalon is an alt-folk gem and was celebrated widely in the indie press. Big Blood and Colby Nathan open. Details here.

Washington County Fair All Weekend (Kingston)

The Washington County Fair is an annual tradition for many Rhode Islanders. In addition to the Sunflower Seed Spitting Contests, 4H demonstrations and arm wrestling, some fine music is planned all weekend long. Check the schedule here and then head to South County to hear local and national artists including Morgan Evans, Stephanie Qualye and Mickey Lamantia. Complete details here.

Counting Crows and Live at Xfinity Center (Mansfield)

The summer concert season continues at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield with a show Saturday night featuring two band The Counting Crows and Live. Both have made their mark in rock and roll over the past 25+ years behind hits like “Mr. Jones” (Crows) and “I Alone” (Live). These double bills always provide a full night of music. Details here.

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.