Music

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…

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…

Fifteen Years of What Cheer

The venerable records and vintage store celebrates its fifteenth year with two fun events.

Need an escape from the holiday hustle? There's a wide world of goods — retro postcards, alphabetized vinyl, vintage jewelry and clothing — perched atop a flight of stairs in Providence, and it's not going to explore itself. What Cheer Records and Vintage, which celebrates its fifteenth year in business this month, is just about the best place to while away an…

Go Back in Time with Chifferobe's Holiday in Swingtime Show

You may have gotten a look at what a 1930's social club is like by watching “Boardwalk Empire,” but here in Providence you can see and hear what the experience is like in person.

You may have gotten a look at what a 1930's social club is like by watching “Boardwalk Empire,” but here in Providence you can see and hear what the experience is like in person. Kristen Minsky of Chifferobe fame and Providence vintage dance company, the TropiGals, will perform Holiday in Swingtime on Friday, Dec. 12 from 8−11 p.m. at the…

A Brown Bird Christmas

Hear a version of "Jingle Bells" you'll actually like, plus more fine-tuned holiday songs by MorganEve Swain and the late, great David Lamb of Brown Bird.

Joy to the world, this album is wicked awesome. Last month, Warren-based musician MorganEve Swain released a limited-edition, fourteen-track album of songs she recorded with her late husband and band mate, David Lamb, who lost his battle against leukemia last April. The duo, which performed under the moniker Brown Bird, recorded the songs over several years and gifted them to…

An Easy Way to Get Some Culture into Your Life

Bravo is a group of young professionals that is dedicated to supporting the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the arts in general.

It was so much easier to make good friends when I was a kid. As adults, our busy lives get the best of us between work and family responsibilities. In high school and college, I was involved in all sorts of activities, organizations and charity endeavors, but once I started pursuing my career, it became harder to find these groups…

Pool Day Staycations

Places where you can lounge by the pool for a day and enjoy other warm-weather activities.

While summer travel is always marvelous, sometimes we just don’t feel like packing away half of our household, battling traffic and paying the price of hotel stays. There are several local places that feel like a vacation, with minimal planning stress involved. If you love the water, but hate the sand, then this pool round-up is for you.   The…

A Taste of India at the State House

It's official: The Governor declared August 16 India Independence Day in Rhode Island. Celebrate with food, dance and fashion on the State House lawn.

Inject some spice and color into your Saturday at India Day, a celebration of the country’s sixty-seventh Independence Day. The India Association of Rhode Island, which serves more than 3,000 families of Asian-Indian origin, promises an afternoon filled with traditional music, fashion, a kids’ parade, folk, bhangra and Bollywood dances and a historical India exhibition. But — as you might’ve…