Music

PVD Live: The Denver Boot

This Providence-based band crafts tender, personal tunes.

Billy Moretti isn’t an entertainer. His band, the Denver Boot, forgoes a rompin’ stage act for simple riffs and intimate songwriting — folk tunes that make you think, feel and really listen. "If we play for a crowd and I see one person dead staring, that means way more to me than when everyone's dancing," Moretti says. "Maybe they get…

Life After Idol: Erika Van Pelt

The American Idol vet spills on Kickstarter, her new album, tours and more.

She made the top ten on season eleven of “American Idol” and saw the country on the American Idol LIVE! Tour in 2012, but Rhode Island native Erika Van Pelt is just starting a musical journey of her own. After "Idol" duties slowed, Van Pelt, a Newport resident who placed tenth on the show, dove into a busy schedule: finishing…

Once at PPAC: Six Things You Need to Know

The Tony Award-winning musical, based on a 2006 film of the same name, launches its national tour right here in Providence.

It’s tough to choose just one favorite thing about Once. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on a 2006 film of the same name, launched its national tour right here in Providence on Tuesday, so we’re already off to a good start. But, really, is it the haunting score? Or the sweet, flawed characters? Maybe, just maybe, it’s the emotional rollercoaster…

Web Extra: Pronk! Takes the City by Storm

More than fifteen street bands will come marching, cymbal crashing and tooting their own horns into India Point Park for Providence Honkfest (Pronk!) on October 14 at 3 p.m.

More than fifteen street bands will come marching, cymbal crashing and tooting their own horns into India Point Park for Providence Honkfest (Pronk!) on October 14 at 3 p.m. The mission of the festival is to “reclaim the streets with brass, beats and feet.” One of those bands is the Extraordinary Rendition Band, known for spontaneous outbursts of music in…

Q&A: Accordion Extraordinaire Cory Pesaturo

A Cumberland musician brings the accordion back into vogue.

A Cumberland musician brings the accordion back into vogue. Cory Pesaturo makes the accordion cool. The twenty-five-year-old has performed with Wynton Marsalis and for Bill Clinton, and this year, he played alongside actor and guitarist Johnny Depp and the band Bill Carter and the Blame on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. He flies all over the world, travelling 75,000…

A Folkin’ Good Time at the Sunset Music Series

Propped atop the Julians Omnibus in direct line of the late afternoon sunshine, chowing on barbecue tacos and sipping an iced tea lemonade cocktail, I wondered how the day could get any better. Then I remembered the reason I drove down from Providence to Newport that afternoon. Willie Nelson, of course. The eighty-year-old legend and his band would take to…

Brown Bird Needs Our Help

One of our favorite local musicians needs some serious community support. Dave Lamb, one-half of the multi-instrumentalist duo, Brown Bird, was hospitalized last week for severe anemia during a tour stop in Houston, Texas. Dave has had several blood transfusions, but to this date doctors haven't been able to determine what's causing his condition. Here's more information from the band's…

Music, Sustainability and Picnic Baskets

Brown Bird has fast become our favorite local band. Roots duo MorganEve Swain and David Lamb won over hundreds of new fans as the Saturday opener on the main stage at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival (read our after-show Q and A with them here) and have since toured the country promoting tunes from their new album, Fits of Reason….

PPAC's Million Dollar Quartet is Solid Gold

Approximately ten minutes of PPAC’s Million Dollar Quartet feels like a Broadway musical. The rest of the ninety-minute show — set in a studio space and performed live by a remarkably skilled cast of musician/actors — resembles the real thing. (Read: they're actually playing their instruments, folks.) It's exactly how history recorded it: rock ’n’ roll heroes Elvis Presley, Johnny…

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…