Jackson Browne (Photo: Nels Israelson)

It’s a busy mid-summer weekend on the music scene with some big names out there headlining shows. Check out our top picks this weekend below.

Friday: New Kids on the Block make a triumphant return to Fenway Park. It’s their only show planned for 2021. Bell Biv Devoe open. Details here.

Friday: Askew has a benefit show to raise funds for the Rhode Island Folk Festival. Singer-songwriters Beth Barron, Cardboard Ox, SwampBirds, Kate Mick and Anthony Loffredio are scheduled to play beginning around 7PM. Details here.

Sunday: Classic rockers Grand Funk Railroad ride on into Indian Ranch in Webster, MA beginning at 1PM. Details here.

Friday: Traditional jazz hipsters Tuba Skinny play the Narrows Center for the Arts at 8PM. Details here.

Saturday: The Free Radicals celebrate the life and music of Jerry Garcia during the nine-day period known as “the days between” at Nick-a-Nees. Details here.

Sunday: On the heels of his new album, Downhill from Here, Jackson Browne makes a re-scheduled stop at Foxwoods. Details here.

Sunday: Like horns? Well, you’ll certainly hear a lot of them at King Park in Newport beginning at 3PM when the Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra plays the Nimfest series. Details here.

Sunday: Counting Crows bring the Butter Miracle Tour to Boston’s Leader Bank Pavillion. Openers include Seán Barna and Matt Sucich. Details here.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music, the arts and more for What'sUpNewp. He is also a contributor to Providence Monthly, SO RI, Hey Rhody and The Bay magazines.
Ken DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse," a roots/folk/rock radio show every Tuesday, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM. He is a former educator in the Scituate, RI school system where he taught Social Studies for over 30 years.
Ken is presently on the board of the Rhode Island Folk Festival and Newport Live (formerly Common Fence Music), a non-profit that brings diverse musical acts to the Newport area.