Music

The State’s Homiest Music Spot Launches its Spring Season

Portsmouth’s Common Fence Music boasts an exciting spring lineup under a new director.

Pack your picnic basket, drive down a quiet pastoral road and end up — not at grandmother’s house, but somewhere almost as cozy. The Common Fence Music series, which takes place at the Common Fence Point hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, is a regional success story. It’s lured well-known local and national artists to the very tip of Aquidneck Island…

Local Wedding Band Stars in De Niro's The Comedian

Rhode Island-based band, the Free Downloads, plays the Jewish wedding dance and cover songs in the major motion picture.

Head to the movies on Friday to see The Comedian, – premiering Feb. 3 – and you might recognize a few familiar faces next to more famous ones. The film’s cast includes Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann and Edie Falco alongside a well known Rhode Island wedding and events band, the Free Downloads. In the movie,…

Head to Music Mansion for First Fridays

The storied College Hill institution launches a free concert series for music lovers.

There's something aristocratic about spending a Friday night in an early-twentieth-century English manor, listening to live music with a group of like-minded individuals. The best part? This time, no corsets. Music Mansion, located at 88 Meeting Street in Providence, holds a firm place in Rhode Island history. In the late 1920s, atop land left to her by her late husband,…

Billy Gilman Earns Runner-Up Spot on The Voice

A 2007 Rhode Island Monthly profile explains his rise and fall from fame. Now, he's ready for a second wave of superstardom.

Billy Gilman was our projected winner of NBC's "The Voice," but last night, the Rhode Island native earned the runner-up spot, while country-soul singer Sundance Head came out on top. Some say Gilman didn't win because the show relied too heavily on his formerly famous back story, and that he already had his shot. But it was also Sundance's second…

Listen to Sarah Potenza's Debut Album

The Rhode Island-bred singer's release "Monster" is available today, August 19.

She grew up in Smithfield, played in the band and starred in musical, honed her talents at Rhode Island College and competed on NBC’s "The Voice." Today, Sarah Potenza is releasing her debut album, Monster. Now living in Nashville, the album was produced there, with Potenza on vocals and lead guitar and her husband, Ian Crossman, on baritone guitar, with…

Scenes From Newport Folk Festival Weekend

The sold-out festival featured big-name acts and emerging artists.

A folk fan sways to Ray Lamontagne.   Providence native John McCauley of Deer Tick plays with Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith during a Middle Brother reunion.   Bike Newport reported 1,350 bikes on Friday, 1,250 bikes on Saturday and 1,300 bikes on Sunday.   During a Museum Stage performance, Langhorn Slim says, "Most of these songs were inspired by my shorts."…

Here's Your Chance to Own a Piece of the Tent

Collectibles featuring Warwick Musical Theatre's iconic circular stage will help raise funds for Ocean State Theatre Company.

Many Rhode Islanders fondly remember the Tent, also known as Warwick Musical Theatre from 1955 to 1999. Although the location is now a Lowe’s, here’s your chance to own a memento from the theater. The nonprofit Ocean State Theatre Company received a donation from Larry Bonoff to offer the public original pieces of the circular stage from the Warwick Musical…