Music

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…

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…

Woonsocket’s Heavy D Heads to Round Two of "X Factor"

Local musician Deric Dubois will compete in the second round of auditions for "X Factor."

Meet Deric “Heavy D” Dubois: the dready, tattooed, beat-boxing extraordinaire with heaven-sent vocals and a commanding stage presence. The Woonsocket native is one of 400 people who made it through the first round of "X Factor" auditions in May. Dubois will perform in front of Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and an audience of thousands at the…

Renee Fleming is Back—Streaming

She’s featured in a simulcast of opera La Traviata this Sunday in Providence.

You can catch renowned soprano Renee Fleming in Providence again this weekend. Fleming, who recently appeared at the Vets Memorial Auditorium, is starring in London’s Royal Opera House’s version of La Traviata. Cable Car Cinema and Café will stream the performance of Fleming playing doomed courtesan Violetta Valery this Sunday at noon. Tickets are $18 per person. Curious about other…

Greg Lato's Music Hits the Big Screen

Lato's song, "Just Another Goodbye," is featured in the new movie "16-Love," a romantic teen comedy starring "Pretty Little Liars" actress, Lindsey Shaw.

At five years old, most people have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives. But Providence native Greg Lato grew up with a jazz musician for a father, and he knew right away that becoming a musician was his dream job, too. At age eight, he started playing the guitar. Two years later, he…

'Empty Bowls' at Amos House

Check out sounds of the Versatones at the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser at Amos House in Providence on Jan. 17, 2012.

Kids from CityArts! and Moses Brown helped make the second annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser at Amos House a success Tuesday night. The Providence organization has a soup kitchen, several businesses and helps homeless people transition back into jobs. Students donated bowls for people to eat out of and the Versatones from Moses Brown provided musical entertainment. Check it out: