Things To Do in February

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:

  • Taste your way around the Ocean State with the Best Doughnuts passport, roar to the Dunk for Monster Jam and make pretty nature-inspired valentines with the kiddos in your February Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Feb
23
Sun
Pure Prairie League @ Greenwich Odeum
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Pure Prairie League @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

From their beginnings in mid-Sixties Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the present-day unit featuring founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, propulsive drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich forty-three-year history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces. As one reviewer recently wrote: “PPL’s sound combines sweet memories with edgy, contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight razor”.

Their eponymous first album – featuring the Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post cover that introduced fans to PPL’s trademark cowpoke “Sad Luke” – has been hailed as a “major early influence in the emerging popularity of Country-Rock music”. Their second effort, the multiplatinum “Bustin’ Out” brought us the Craig Fuller-penned classic “Amie”, along with other gems of the genre. With “Two Lane Highway”, nine more albums and countless shows, a legacy has been forged and enriched during the ‘70s and 80’s, highlighting contributions from several noteworthy members, including original co-founder George Ed Powell, Cincinnati’s legendary Goshorn Brothers, Country Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Vince Gill, award-winning writer Jeff Wilson (three Top-twenty singles) and a host of other guest appearances from Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Emmy Lou Harris, David Sanborn, Eagle Don Felder, Nicolette Larson, and many more. Now in their fifth decade, Pure Prairie League continues to lead the way for the new generation of Country/Rockers such as Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, Wilco, Counting Crows and so many others that cite PPL as a major influence.

As crisp and clean as spring water and as comfortable as a well-worn cowboy shirt, Pure Prairie League still brings it all back home.

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.

Mar
13
Fri
Mason Jennings @ Greenwich Odeum
Mar 13 @ 8:00 pm
Mason Jennings @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

When Mason Jennings started writing songs for his new record, Songs From When We Met, he was in a setting he had never written in before. “I was living out at a farm for a month and walking through some old woods on the property every day. There was a river. And each day an owl would come find me, and then perch above me, day or night. I saw lots of snakes. Songs just came to me there. They were coming in so fast they just about took my head off. It was unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” recalls Jennings. In Native American animal medicine snakes symbolize rebirth, owls symbolize seeing what others cannot and turning darkness into light. Both are themes throughout the album and the music has a clear hopeful feeling.

Songs From When We Met pulls you in from the start, with Jennings telling the listener, “Get into my car now…let’s leave the city”. “Cursive Prayers is the first song I wrote for the album. I hadn’t written anything in a long time and any time I tried writing things I wrote were very dark. This song is so hopeful and full of love it surprised me. I think it was the beginning of things getting better in my life, like a message from another dimension.”

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.

May
2
Sat
Ann Hampton Callaway The Linda Ronstadt Songbook @ Greenwich Odeum
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Ann Hampton Callaway The Linda Ronstadt Songbook @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, has created an exciting night of songs and stories in celebration of one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. On the heels on Ann’s symphonic/PAC triumph, The Streisand Songbook, this show celebrates the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her Stone Poney Days like “Different Drum” and “Long Long Time” to pop/rock classics like “You’re No Good,” and “Desperado” to unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums like “What’s New” and “Am I Blue,” to her iconic duets which Callaway will perform with her brilliant MD, Billy Stritch. Adding to the electrifying sound is Martin Wind on bass, Tim Horner on drums, and Linda’s long time guitarist and arranger, Bob Mann. Romantic, rousing, and joyous, The Linda Ronstadt Songbook promises to be the perfect night of music.

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.

Jun
20
Sat
The Lords of Fifty-Second Street with special guests Dopey Lopes and the Up All Night Band @ Greenwich Odeum
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Lords of Fifty-Second Street with special guests Dopey Lopes and the Up All Night Band @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

The Lords of Fifty-Second Street are the original Billy Joel Band that recorded “Turnstiles”, “The Stranger”, “Fifty-Second Street”, “Glass Houses”, “The Nylon Curtain”, “An Innocent Man”, and “The Bridge”.

They sold more than 150 Million records while establishing Billy Joel’s formidable sound and toured with him for over a decade. Featuring saxophonist Richie Cannata, guitarist Russell Javors, and drummer Liberty Devitto, The Lords continue to perform all the greatest hits you know and love…just how you remember them.

Come see and hear the Original Billy Joel band playing “Only The Good Die Young”, “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”, “Miami 2017”, “Angry Young Man”, and many more of the classic songs that make up the soundtrack of our lives!

This special intimate show, their first Rhode Island appearance, includes a meet and greet afterwards in the front lobby. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see the Legends of the Billy Joel Band.

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.

Jun
25
Thu
Roger McGuinn @ Greenwich Odeum
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm
Roger McGuinn @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential ’60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock” His groundbreaking work on The Byrds “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo” album, is widely credited with ushering in the genre of country rock. Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded thirteen albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since. Roger can provide an educational seminar which includes aspects of rock history, musical techniques, and computer techniques he uses in recording. Most recently Roger has been working on his 2018 album , “Sweet Memories” and has been seen onstage with Chris Hillman and Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives during the Sold Out “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo fiftieth Anniversary Tour”.

Tickets to this event will also 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.