Your Summer Soundtrack
Five picks for live, outdoor music in the Ocean State.
July 6–Aug. 9: Tunes on the Dunes. Head to Westerly for all-genre jams on Monday nights and blues music on Wednesdays, right on the beach. Don’t miss blues legend Duke Robillard on July 15 and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on July 20. 6–8 p.m. Free.
Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, tunesonthedunesri.com.
July 9–Sept. 10: Burnside Park Music Series. Every Thursday night, grab a drink and kick back with some indie tunes. On July 30, catch String Builder, the neo-folk family band featuring Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel and Alec Thibodeau of Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. 4:30–7:30 p.m. Free.
Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza, Providence, kennedyplaza.org.
July 27–30: Newport BridgeFest. Bridge the gap between Newport’s famous (and often sold out) festivals with a variety of live music at the city’s greatest venues, from the lawns of Gilded Age mansions to a salt-sprayed stage at Bowen’s Wharf. Most events are free. Various venues in Newport County, newportbridgefest.com.
Aug. 1: Swamp Stomp 8. This annual outdoor festival, held in a top-secret location in South County, draws international acts and local standouts. This year features the Sadies — a Toronto-based band with roots in surf, punk and psychedelic rock — plus Steve Wynn, Caroline Rose, and the Silks, a Rhode Island-based trio that blends blues and rock. 1:30–9:30 p.m. $40. The Great Swamp, West Kingston, brownpapertickets.com/event/1429145.
Aug. 15: Summit Music Festival. A favorite for families, the event draws local and national acts, plus food trucks, a beer garden and art. 1–6 p.m. Free. Lippitt Park, Providence, summitmusicfest.org.