Music

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…

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…