Music

Brown Bird Needs Our Help

One of our favorite local musicians needs some serious community support. Dave Lamb, one-half of the multi-instrumentalist duo, Brown Bird, was hospitalized last week for severe anemia during a tour stop in Houston, Texas. Dave has had several blood transfusions, but to this date doctors haven't been able to determine what's causing his condition. Here's more information from the band's…

The Weekly Round-up: May 17–23

Five can't-miss events of the week.

Five can't-miss events of the week. Stomp The musical and visual phenomenon has come to Rhode Island, and it’s going to be a smash. Try to catch your breath as the eight-person cast combines movement with unconventional instruments to create a percussive spectacular. Come because you love music. Come because you love dance. Come because you want to know how…

The Weekly Round-up: April 26–May 2

The five can't-miss events of the week.

The five can't-miss events of the week. Newport Craft Beer Festival Every bar stocks Budweiser and PBR. Why not try something a little more creative? This second annual celebration of Newport’s brewing history features more than thirty breweries from New England and across the continental United States. Sample old and new favorites, including Harpoon, Mayflower and Newport Storm, listen to…

The Weekly Round-Up: April 12–18

The five can't-miss events of the week.

The five can't-miss events of the week. Party for the Planet Channel your inner party animal for a weeklong celebration of the earth. The soiree features recycled art, performances from TEN31 Productions, All Children’s Theater and Red’s One Man Junk Band, plus tips from local green organizations like the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and URI’s Master Gardeners. The…

Music, Sustainability and Picnic Baskets

Brown Bird has fast become our favorite local band. Roots duo MorganEve Swain and David Lamb won over hundreds of new fans as the Saturday opener on the main stage at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival (read our after-show Q and A with them here) and have since toured the country promoting tunes from their new album, Fits of Reason….

2013 Newport Jazz Festival Is Set

Tickets are now on sale on the festival’s website.

While the chill in the air may be coming back to winter, already we can look forward to the warmth of August in Newport. The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival is set to take place August 2-4. The legendary festival looks to match the great line-ups of the previous fifty-eight years – where luminaries of this great American art form share…

PPAC's Million Dollar Quartet is Solid Gold

Approximately ten minutes of PPAC’s Million Dollar Quartet feels like a Broadway musical. The rest of the ninety-minute show — set in a studio space and performed live by a remarkably skilled cast of musician/actors — resembles the real thing. (Read: they're actually playing their instruments, folks.) It's exactly how history recorded it: rock ’n’ roll heroes Elvis Presley, Johnny…

PVD Live: Tunes and Charity at the Columbus

Providence's music pulse is beating louder by the day.

A nun, a former Israeli army soldier, a rock star and some politicians walk into a theater…. Don’t cringe. The bad punch-line isn’t coming. The aforementioned, plus hundreds of loyalists from Providence’s music scene, turned out for Saturday night’s benefit for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence at the newly reopened Columbus Theatre. The 199 seats in…

Memphis: A Rollicking History Lesson

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of integration of music in the 1950s.

Flip through the radio long enough these days and you’re almost certain to catch Rihanna singing “Diamonds in the Sky.” But sixty years ago, the presence of a talented black vocalist on the airwaves was anything but a given. Memphis, the Tony Award-winning production playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center, takes us back to the segregated airwaves of the…

Young Actor Steals Spotlight in Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can has touched down at the Providence Performing Arts Center for its national tour, and it's about as racy as a Disney movie.

Tony Award-nominated Catch Me If You Can has touched down at the Providence Performing Arts Center for its national tour, and it’s about as racy as a Disney movie. But who doesn't like a good Disney movie? If you’ve seen the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Steven Spielberg, you’ll remember the alluring women and edge-of-your-seat drama based…