Casey Nilsson

Your Month in Rhody Music

African all-stars, a Newport Folk performs free, FOO Fest, FOO Fest! and more great tunes in August.

8/5 Refugee All Stars WHY: For one night only, forget the international headlines and let the optimistic spirit of music reenergize your spirit. Tonight, Fete will host the eight-man Refugee All Stars — a group that originated in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone. The band touts a brand of joyful, around-the-campfire music that’s both catchy and thoughtful. WHEN: Aug….

Easy Philanthropy

Indulge your sweet tooth, get that caffeine fix, shop 'til you drop and eat a whole pizza solo -- all while supporting local charities.

It's never been easier to support local nonprofits. And, thanks to these four philanthropic perks, you can give back with everyday purchases. PHILANTHROPIC PIZZA: The Flatbread Company Every Tuesday night from 5 to 9 p.m., Flatbread — which serves up pizzas made with fresh, regional ingredients and cooked in a wood fire stove — donates a portion of its sales…

Go on an ArtVenture in North Kingstown

Hike three trails and discover local art.

The North Kingstown Arts Council is giving away lots of art. The catch? You have to find it first. Now through August 16, art fans can search for handmade treasures by local crafters— from spunky sculptures to heart ornaments to earthenware leaves — hidden throughout three trails in North Kingstown. Several of the eighty-five pieces of art were nabbed by…

Cooking Like Kinnan

A twelve-year-old from Pawtucket cooked his way to the White House with a tasty Middle Eastern-inspired meal.

Take a break this weekend and lunch like a preteen. No, we're not talking mac and cheese with hot dogs. And (thank the culinary gods!) the meal won't wreck your grown-up waistline, either. Tonight, Pawtucket twelve-year-old Kinnan Dowie, along with fifty-three other young chefs, will dine at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama. Kinnan, who is homeschooled, is…

Theater Takeaway: 2nd Story’s And Then There Were None

For the second summer in a row, the Warren theater spices up the season with a fun Agatha Christie murder-mystery.

According to Artistic Director Ed Shea, 2nd Story’s summer rep shows are bound by a couple of common threads: the two plays, staged on the same stunning set, are all about hosts who torture their guests. Relatable, don't you think? First up is And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie’s campy murder-mystery based on the “Ten Little Indians” nursery rhyme….

Joel Thibodeau

Q&A With Death Vessel's Joel Thibodeau

When did you realize you wanted to be a musician? I always dabbled in music growing up; I started playing the recorder in third grade (laughs). I was introduced to music along the way and then I started developing my own tastes in rock and folk as a teenager. How much work does it take to maintain that falsetto? Surprisingly,…

The Folk Fest in Photos

A local photographer exhibits Folk Festival shots for a good cause.

Music's past and present collide at a new exhibition featuring work by local photographer Richard McCaffrey. The artist, a Providence native who has contributed to The Providence Phoenix, Cream, The Rolling Stone and other publications, has partnered with The Phoenix, 95.5 WBRU and Providence Picture Frame for a show that documents the Newport Folk Festival from 2009 to the present…

Your Month in Rhody Music

July's best music events.

BankRI Independence Day Celebration WHY: Unwind on the Fourth of July with a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops at scenic India Point Park. Hear classical and contemporary tunes conducted by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's Francisco Noya, then watch as the sky lights up with a spectacular fireworks display. WHEN: July 4. Music at 7:30 p.m., fireworks at…

VIP by Land and Sea

The Newport Concert Series’ latest VIP package is tailor made for the City by the Sea.

The Newport Concert Series is fantastic all on its own: YES, Gregg Allman, the Beach Boys, Boz Scaggs or Alanis Morissette, anyone? But the annual series just got better — and much more luxurious — with a new VIP experience aboard a docked yacht in Newport Harbor. Yep, that’s right. A yacht. And not just any yacht; it’s an ultra…

Eat This For Dinner: Grilled Whole Chicken and In-Season Veggies

Heat it up, rub it down, grill, baby, grill then eat your heart out. It's that easy.

Heat it up, rub it down, grill, baby, grill then eat your heart out. It's that easy. BY CASEY NILSSON Last night, I experienced my first summer dilemma of the year. I craved something quick, easy and delicious for dinner, but I'd rather have starved than crank up that oven. (Thinkin' I'll feel the same way on Wednesday. Ninety degrees…