Things To Do in January

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • Hit up Monster Jam, go skating by the sea and sip brews with your favorite falcons in your January Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Jan
19
Sun
Winter Music Series: Under the Tuscan Sun – Italian Arias @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm
Winter Music Series: Under the Tuscan Sun - Italian Arias @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Come feel the warmth of sunny Italy featuring Italian operas followed by optional dinner in Blithewold’s Dining Room. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions for this program.

PHIL VASSAR Stripped Down Acoustic Tour @ Greenwich Odeum
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
PHIL VASSAR Stripped Down Acoustic Tour @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Phil’s reign of signature songs include ten number one singles and twenty-sox top forty hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You; and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid- ’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk(Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999.

Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. On the “Stripped Down” tour Phil will be bringing new insight to the songs and stories that have become some of the biggest hits in music. He will be releasing a new acoustic EP titled “Stripped Down” on January 3rd, 2020.

Tickets to this event include an additional $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in restorations and repairs of the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee per transaction will be applied. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Jan
22
Wed
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee’s @ Nick-A-Nees
Jan 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee's @ Nick-A-Nees | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Bluegrass Throedown features a different local or touring bluegrass band every Wednesday night at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence. There’s never a cover, but there’s always a good time.

bluegrassthroedown.com

Free

Jan
23
Thu
Rooftop Rock with Drummer Timmy J @ Rooftop at the Providence G
Jan 23 @ 9:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Rooftop Rock with Drummer Timmy J @ Rooftop at the Providence G | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Come enjoy the sounds of one of the Rooftop’s best and most unique performers, Drummer Timmy J! With his electric drum kit, Timmy J’s beats are irresistible. Performing every Thursday from 9 p.m. – Midnight.

Jan
24
Fri
Fireside Fridays at The Rooftop @ Rooftop at the Providence G
Jan 24 @ 10:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Fireside Fridays at The Rooftop @ Rooftop at the Providence G | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Starting at 10 p.m. every Friday, DJ JWill performs at The Rooftop! Enjoy dinner, drinks, and the beats. With our unforgettable views and atmosphere, our fully-enclosed rooftop lounge is the place to kick off your weekend.

Jan
25
Sat
Blackstone River Theatre: Yacouba Diabate/Chris Monti Band @ Blackstone River Theatre
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Yacouba Diabate is a master Kora player born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians and as a young adult, Yacouba studied the Kora in Mali with renown Kora master, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells traditional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. Yacouba has performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City. He has made an incredible impression on those of us at last year’s Blackstone River Theatre debut and the past two Homecoming Concerts. Don’t miss an amazing musician playing this most beautiful of instruments!

Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by rock & roll and Country-Blues as well as music from West Africa, Egypt, the Caribbean, and India. The Chris Monti Band features bassist Theo Regan and drummer Michael Lewis and they’ll play West African Music and West African-inspired songs. Chris learned many of these songs playing in the Double Decker Dance Band from band leader, singer, guitarist, Joe Paye, of Liberia. You’ll hear Soka, Highlife, and Soukous beats. Chris has toured the East Coast, opening many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, and has also played with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

 

Forever Young – Neil Young Tribute with Napoleon In Rags – Bob Dylan Tribute @ Greenwich Odeum
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Forever Young – Neil Young Tribute with Napoleon In Rags – Bob Dylan Tribute @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

For more than thirteen years, the multi award winning band, Forever Young has been performing the music of Neil Young. Channeling the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and the instrumentation of Young’s bands: Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, the Stray Gators, the International Harvesters, and Promise of the Real; Forever Young performs their interpretations of Neil Young’s classic hits and rare gems. They will get you singing and dancing and put those Neil’s songs into your head to linger long after the show. Find out why Forever Young is truly one of the best Neil Young tribute bands anywhere and experience them live.
www.ForeverYoungNeilYoungTribute.com

Opening the show will be Napoleon In Rags performing the songs of Bob Dylan. Steve Allain and Tracie Potochnik will play a set as Dylan and Joan Baez would have played them together.

Tickets to this event include an additional $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in restorations and repairs of the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee per transaction will be applied. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

RI Philharmonic Orchestra presents All Mozart with Bramwell Tovey Conducting @ The VETS
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RI Philharmonic Orchestra presents All Mozart with Bramwell Tovey Conducting @ The VETS

Bramwell Tovey conducts the TACO classical concert featuring violinist Karen Gomyo performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3. Other pieces include Mozart’s The Magic Flute: Overture and Mozart’s Symphony No.41 (Jupiter).

Jan
26
Sun
Singing the Dream 2020 @ Temple Emanu-El
Jan 26 all-day
Singing the Dream 2020 @ Temple Emanu-El | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

On Sunday, January 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., Temple Emanu-El presents “Singing the Dream 2020.” The event will be held at the Temple located at 99 Taft Avenue in Providence. Singers of all ages, races and faiths will perform in a chorus with featured guests from the award-winning Sing Harlem Choir of Harlem, New York. The special musical tribute will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets for this musical event are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at Temple Emanu-El or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/singing-the-dream-2020-honoring-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-52329140869. For more information on “Singing the Dream 2020,” contact Miriam Ross, Esq. at 401-331-1616.

Jan
29
Wed
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee’s @ Nick-A-Nees
Jan 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee's @ Nick-A-Nees | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Bluegrass Throedown features a different local or touring bluegrass band every Wednesday night at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence. There’s never a cover, but there’s always a good time.

bluegrassthroedown.com

Free