Music

WBRU Annual Summer Concert Series Begins Friday

Enjoy free alternative rock concerts every Friday, all summer long at Waterplace Park.

The true mark of a Providence summer is a free outdoor concert courtesy of WBRU. The sun is setting at Waterplace Park, the Providence skyline is ahead, and kayakers are enjoying tunes from the water. Nearby bars and restaurants gear up for the influx of pre- and post-concert patrons. It’s truly a Providence family affair. An exciting lineup is on…

15 Heritage Festivals to Check Out This Summer

Dust off your kilt, your best bachata shoes and your beret and add a little culture to your life.

Whether they’re part of your heritage or you’d like to experience a new and different culture from your own, these summer festivals offer the chance to celebrate Rhode Island’s diversity:   1. Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival The Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival is sort of what you’d expect: Kilts. Lots of kilts. And bagpipes. But there are some surprises…

Benny's Nailed It

Its "Biggest Little State in the Union" commercial encapsulates everything that's great about Rhode Island.

The Biggest Little State in the Union. That's what we are. We're proud of our people, our famous landmarks, our history and our ever-changing seasons. Our state's small, but it bursts with greatness. The latest Benny's commercial, which went live yesterday, features the diverse faces and places that make Rhode Island unique, including a cameo by the Rhode Island Monthly…

Test Your Musical Knowledge at Trivioke

Take this five-question quiz to see if you have what it takes to enter a team and celebrate the karaoke and trivia mashup's first birthday.

It’s almost Trivioke’s first birthday! The mashup competition at the Dean Hotel’s the Boombox karaoke bar combines trivia and karaoke, and it’s celebrating its one-year existence with a two-night Tournament of Champions. New teams will be welcomed to compete alongside returning participants on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. The second invite-only competition will take place the following week on…

25 Places to Party on New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year at one of these NYE local events, parties and dinners from Providence to Newport to Westerly and everywhere in between.

Editor's Note: Updated on Dec. 18, 2015 and more events will be added soon… 1. BoOgie Night 2016 Ogie’s Trailer Park is tearing down 2015 in style starting at 9 p.m.. DJ's Ty Jesso and John O' Leary will be spinning, and there will be go-go dancers and a Champagne toast at Midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20…

Your Local Guide to 11 Holiday Strolls and Shopping Events

Get into the holiday spirit with local shopping events that feature discounts, treats, music, tree-lightings and more.

The holidays can be very stressful, especially when it comes to gift-giving. Thinking of presents for family and friends is hard enough, but sometimes finding places to shop that carry unique items for everyone on your list is even harder. Here are ten upcoming holiday strolls that will help you shop differently while getting into the holiday spirit. 1. Holidays…

Newport Folk Fest Tickets Go on Sale Next Wednesday

That's right: More than seven months in advance. Because they can.

And you thought the day-after-Thanksgiving sales were slightly premature. On December 2, tickets to the 2016 Newport Folk Festival, slated for July 22 to 24, will be up for grabs. Per usual: no lineup announcements, not even a hint. But new this year, all ticket types — three-day, two-day and single tickets —will be available during the Early Bird rush,…

One Great Revival at the Columbus Theatre

The venue's third annual Revival show boasts the best local musical lineup of the year.

For Columbus Theatre loyalists, 2015 is a year worth celebrating. John C. Reilly returned for a second show in February, Brian Blade recorded an album there last month and The New York Times' T Magazine featured a glowing story about the venue back in March — not to mention more than sixty memorable performances by local and national acts. And while…

Your Last Summer to Party at Atlantic Beach Club

The Newport mainstay will close after Labor Day and reopen as a private wedding venue in 2016.

Johnny’s Atlantic Beach Club: A place to kick back and listen to live bands over views of the Atlantic Ocean. And then there are the Astrobombs. Oh, the Astrobombs; red, white and blue icy alcoholic concoctions that resemble slushy patriotic popsicles in a cup. How I will miss those Astrobombs! I recently learned that this is the last summer for…

Rainbows and Rock and Roll with Public Alley

The WBRU Rock Hunt winners spill on their new-found success.

A double rainbow draped across the skyline over thousands of audience members and a fan who proposed to his soul mate on stage. Sounds as though something so picture-perfect could only be falsified on the big screen, right? Not for the East Greenwich-bred indie rock band, Public Alley. This was a reality that shaped one of the greatest nights of…