Music

The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

As the world of jazz continues to grow generations of new voices, the festival continues to introduce them front and center alongside the stalwarts.

In my house, there is an ongoing debate about how long we’ve actually lived in Rhode Island. Perhaps it’s because we hadn’t figured it would last more than a year—our family being somewhat nomadic. But we know it’s more than five, and less than ten. The negotiations about exactly how long generally are based on the time stamps of various…

The 2012 Newport Folk Festival: Sunday Edition

The anticipation of the rain created a bonding experience among a crowd that was diverse in age and musical tastes.

As a general rule, I think it’s best not to start off a story talking about the weather. It’s distant. Impersonal. And it usually it serves little purpose other than to find your way into the true heart of the story. That is, unless the weather is in fact a central part of the story, or is crucial in creating…

The 2012 Newport Folk Festival, Saturday Edition

Some of the loveliest Newport Folk Festival moments happen just before a band starts a set, when the musician up front professes sincere gratitude for being a part of the day. Performers, famous or new to the scene, seem to step back, admire the crowd and bask in the idea that they’re part of history in the making. Local duo…

Newport Folk Fest is Almost Here!

I can’t contain it. I’m counting down the hours (roughly ninety-five) until gates sweep over dewy grass at Fort Adams State Park and open up to a world of simple, sunny music. I’m not the only one who harbors a sweet fondness for the Newport Folk Festival. Tickets sold at a record speed this year, with all one- and two-day…

The Loud, Beating Heart of the City

Music pumped hard through the veins of downtown Providence last weekend at Sound Session, with bands Brass Attack, the Agents, Akwaaba and the Silks transforming the masses into engaged, rollicking fans. Although the main acts were great — we particularly liked the Agents, which served up a big-band, danceable mix of ska and reggae — one group of musicians clad…

Festival Fun for Every Fan

Festival-lovers rejoice: You don’t have to flock to the woods and camp for days to hear good music in a laid-back setting. The first installment of the Sunset Music Series at the Newport Yachting Center featured reggae prince Ziggy Marley, who crooned both original tunes and covers of songs by his dad, Bob Marley to a sold-out crowd. But, like…

Music from Home and Across the World

The Burnside Park Music Series kicks off Thursday in Providence.

Looking for something summery to do after work? Grab some friends and head to the Burnside Park Music Series, which kicks off this week in Kennedy Plaza in Providence and runs through August. This year’s lineup includes performers from Providence to Mali. The series is free, open to everyone and refreshments are available. The festivities run from 4:30 to 7…

Woonsocket’s Heavy D Heads to Round Two of "X Factor"

Local musician Deric Dubois will compete in the second round of auditions for "X Factor."

Meet Deric “Heavy D” Dubois: the dready, tattooed, beat-boxing extraordinaire with heaven-sent vocals and a commanding stage presence. The Woonsocket native is one of 400 people who made it through the first round of "X Factor" auditions in May. Dubois will perform in front of Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and an audience of thousands at the…

Renee Fleming is Back—Streaming

She’s featured in a simulcast of opera La Traviata this Sunday in Providence.

You can catch renowned soprano Renee Fleming in Providence again this weekend. Fleming, who recently appeared at the Vets Memorial Auditorium, is starring in London’s Royal Opera House’s version of La Traviata. Cable Car Cinema and Café will stream the performance of Fleming playing doomed courtesan Violetta Valery this Sunday at noon. Tickets are $18 per person. Curious about other…

Greg Lato's Music Hits the Big Screen

Lato's song, "Just Another Goodbye," is featured in the new movie "16-Love," a romantic teen comedy starring "Pretty Little Liars" actress, Lindsey Shaw.

At five years old, most people have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives. But Providence native Greg Lato grew up with a jazz musician for a father, and he knew right away that becoming a musician was his dream job, too. At age eight, he started playing the guitar. Two years later, he…