Music

Get Out of Town: Horseneck Beach and Buzzards Bay Brewing

Plan a fun beach day in Westport, Massachusetts, then top off the afternoon with craft brews and live music.

Here's an idea for a quick daytime adventure when you want to get away from it all. Westport’s Horseneck Beach is located in an idyllic rural setting surrounded by drifting sand dunes and two miles of scenic coastline. The $15 out of state parking fee ($13 for Massachusetts residents) is a small price to pay to for a day of…

Folk Fest '15: Fifty Years Since Bob Dylan Went Electric

One of the most groundbreaking moments in music history took place right here in Rhode Island. Watch videos of the pivotal performances, plus commentary from Pete Seeger.

  In the summer of 1965, Newport Folk Festival attendees learned firsthand that Bob Dylan’s talent was too vast to be confined by fundamental folk parameters. The singer-songwriter was a festival favorite in ’63 and ’64. But a year later, Dylan shocked his fan base with a three-song electric set, gutsily intertwining folk with rock and roll. This revolutionary moment…

Free 2015 WBRU Summer Concert Series Starts Friday

Find out the band lineup and details for this summer's six-week Friday night concert series at Waterplace Park.

What’s better than a Friday night with free music, a waterfront view, good friends and good food? Nothing. Lucky for us, 95.5 WBRU has teamed up with the city of Providence and Dunkin’ Donuts once again to bring Rhode Islanders another amazing free waterfront Summer Concert Series. WBRU has scheduled the hottest bands along with fresh-faced up-and-comers for this year’s…

American Idol Auditions in Providence Thursday

Try out and maybe you'll be featured on Season XV of the popular TV show.

"American Idol" is searching for superstars in Rhode Island. Sing your heart out at the Alex and Ani City Center skating rink at 2 Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence on June 18 from 9 a.m.−5 p.m., for a chance to land a spot on one of America’s most popular shows Make sure to get to the rink nice and early…

Watch the Horse-Eyed Men's Amazing New Music Video About Two Cowboys in Love

Come on Nashville. Come on America. Come on Cowboy.

Cowboys? In love? Haven't I seen this somewhere before? Nope. You haven't. Not like this. Go on: Watch the Horse-Eyed Men's brand new music video, "Come On, Cowboy." You deserve a few minutes of unadulterated joy. Tell your boss I said so. Filmed at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck by Horatio Baltz, the video stars musician Brian Barthelmes (the ex-Pats…

Six Reasons You Should Go to the Cinco de Mayo Bash

It's the most wonderful block party of the year.

Do you really need more of a reason than "It's happening this weekend, so go"? This year, Providence is celebrating Cinco de Mayo early. Honor the Mexican army's surprise victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862 — a David and Goliath type of situation — in the most appropriate way: with margarita snow cones, tacos and corn…

Your New Favorite Band: The Horse-Eyed Men

Folk music on a molecular, biological level.

This Providence-based band of brothers crafts an unusual musical experience. Some tunes are dreamlike, others are visceral, others still are campy and fun — and they’re all punctuated by the richest sibling banter you’ve heard in real time. The Band: The Horse-Eyed Men The Members: Dylan and Noah Harley See Them Live: Thursday, April 9, the Columbus Theatre, Providence, with…

Extended Q and A: MorganEve Swain on Brown Bird’s Final Album

Warren-based multi-instrumentalist MorganEve Swain talks about Axis Mundi, an album of songs she wrote with her partner in music and in life, Dave Lamb, before he passed away last April.

MorganEve Swain and Dave Lamb performed together as Brown Bird, a renowned local band that toured all over the nation. Brown Bird became a regular name on the folk scene after a main stage performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July of 2012. Read our post-performance Q-and-A here. The following spring, Dave was diagnosed with leukemia. He passed away…

Your St. Patrick's Day Celebration Primer

Many parades, parties and road races are happening before actual St. Patrick's Day. Here's what you need to know to participate in the green festivities.

Whether you’re Irish through and through or simply want to enjoy the fun festivities that lead up to March 17, here is everything you need to know about what’s happening in Rhode Island for St. Patrick’s Day.   State-Wide Events: Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade When: Sat., March 7, noon Where: McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket Route: The parade…

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Newport Folk Fest Tickets On Sale This Week

Want to go to this year's festival? Better get your tickets early.

Early bird tickets to the 2014 Newport Folk Fest sold out in minutes. Minutes! And to think George Wein, grand master of folk, almost sold the biz in 2008. This year's dates are July 24, 25 and 26. No, we don't know who's playing the Fort. But does it matter? Last year was awesome; here's a little reminder: Don't be…