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Hit the streets

Action all over on FRIDAY (the 1st): Legendary N'awlins ensemble the DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND blows through the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall Reeve (508.324.1926), MOGA whips up the waterfront jams at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck (401.782.3740), an
And plan ahead for DudeSmash!
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 01, 2012
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Seven days a week

On THURSDAY (the 19th), it's last call for Springfield, MA rhymer TABLEEK and PVD duo DIRTYDURDIE at Fête (congrats on the Best Hip-Hop Venue win in our readers' poll last week); dial 401.383.1112.
From Boo City to Weedeater
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 20, 2012
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Three Tall Pines get it right on All That’s Left

Bluegrass/Americana quartet Three Tall Pines recently released their second album, All That's Left , the follow-up to their 2008 debut, Short While Ago (both available at iTunes and cdbaby.com).
Making it good
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2012
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Interview: Patrick Norton has a knack for mixing it up at the Narrows

The Narrows Center for the Arts — the bastion of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and various stripes of singer-songwriter fare — has a decade of action under its belt.
Where the music comes first
By JIM MACNIE  |  October 28, 2011
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The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell

Many of us have embarrassing moments in our past, but when one of the hippest jazz dudes around admits to donning a leisure suit and playing in a show band, you prepare for a wince on the seismic level.
Rolling with the changes
By JIM MACNIE  |  June 17, 2011
Duke Robillard at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Duke Robillard at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Duke Robillard puts our economic crisis right up front on his latest disc, Passport To the Blues (Stony Plain). On the lead track the guitarist...
By webteam  |  January 18, 2011


The Spampinato Brothers at Narrows Center for the Arts

The Spampinato Brothers at Narrows Center for the Arts


If you've been missing Joey Spampinato's work since NRBQ collapsed a few years ago, your week just got a lot better. Sticking with his younger...
By webteam  |  January 18, 2011
Miss Tess at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Miss Tess at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Photo: TIM ANGLE A few years ago, it might have been easy to pigeonhole Miss Tess. A decent vocalist, she had a knack for saloon...
By webteam  |  January 11, 2011
Eilen Jewell at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Eilen Jewell at the Narrows Center for the Arts


I've been spending time in the car with Eilen Jewell's tribute to Loretta Lynn's songbook, Butcher Holler (Sig--nature). From the threats of "Fist City" to...
By webteam  |  January 11, 2011
David Johansen at the Narrows Center For the Arts

David Johansen at the Narrows Center For the Arts


"I ain't no model/I'm a regular guy," growls David Johansen on the latest New York Dolls disc and, though he's right about the first part,...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011
Marshall Crenshaw at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Marshall Crenshaw at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Marshall Crenshaw is one of those human jukebox guys - from Motown to Music City, he knows all the good stuff in the pop canon,...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011


Surprise Me Mr. Davis at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Surprise Me Mr. Davis at the Narrows Center for the Arts


"I ain't working in no factory never again/as long as I worked in that factory/I ain't never had no friends." So sing the dudes of...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010
Johnny Winter at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Johnny Winter at the Narrows Center for the Arts


"Be careful with a fool/you know someday he may get smart," Johnny Winter sang some 40 years ago. The blues guitarist is still responsible for...
By webteam  |  December 14, 2010
Jorma Kaukonen at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Jorma Kaukonen at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Sure, you know Jorma Kaukonen has always been an impressive picker. From Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna to his solo blues stuff, he's proven to...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010
Ian Hunter at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Ian Hunter at the Narrows Center for the Arts


It seems that Ian Hunter has aged rather gracefully. The Mott the Hoople boss, who was responsible for hits like "All the Way To Memphis"...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010
7 Walkers at the Narrows Center for the Arts

7 Walkers at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Photo: STEVE HOPSON In a voice loaded with NOLA gris-gris: "This next one is going out to all them big fine country girls in Washington...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010


Travelin' music

It's rockabilly family fun in Coventry on FRIDAY (the 3rd) with TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3 , THE EGOS , and THE HEADCUTTERS playing the PNA Lodge from 5-11 pm with a pasta dinner and raffles, and bring a toy for Toys for Tots; click  cretinradio.c
Try some genre-juggling this weekend
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 03, 2010
Nanci Griffith at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Nanci Griffith at the Narrows Center for the Arts


When you sing sentimental songs as a matter of course, it ain't exactly easy to adjust the emotions. Sometimes Nanci Griffith is a bit precious,...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010
Peter Rowan at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Peter Rowan at the Narrows Center for the Arts


"She went down to the honky-tonk/she had two things on her mind/one was the man she left at home/the other was the one she hoped...
By webteam  |  November 16, 2010
Raul Malo at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Raul Malo at the Narrows Center for the Arts


I've never bought the opera side of Raul Malo. There's no doubt the former Mavericks singer is a powerful vocalist, but there's a bit too...
By webteam  |  October 12, 2010
David Bromberg at the Narrows Center for the Arts

David Bromberg at the Narrows Center for the Arts


A dollop of goofiness has made David Bromberg a charmer for four decades. The guitarist has a vocal style that makes non-fans respect his string...
By webteam  |  October 12, 2010


Luka Bloom at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Luka Bloom at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Photo: ESTHER O'ROURKE DEGRAAF I like the way Luka Bloom put an acoustic spin on Abba's "Dancing Queen" without turning it into a barb against...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010
Marc Ribot at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Marc Ribot at the Narrows Center for the Arts


He makes Tom Waits and Elvis Costello records more interesting places; he brings the beauty of Cuban grooves to a place where spirit is paramount;...
By webteam  |  September 14, 2010
Shemekia Copeland at the 9th Annual Festival of the Arts

Shemekia Copeland at the 9th Annual Festival of the Arts


Photo: CAROL FRIEDMAN Music lovers know the Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, as a spot that has served a...
By webteam  |  September 07, 2010
Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Narrows Center for the Arts


There's something spirited that drives the Carolina Chocolate Drops. As the trio romps through long-gone string music ditties with its fiddle, banjo, bones, and guitar,...
By webteam  |  September 07, 2010
Richard Thompson at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Richard Thompson at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Sometimes I think Richard Thompson writes tunes that are overtly contoured for one of his much-admired guitar extravaganzas. A handful of songs on the new...
By webteam  |  August 24, 2010


Kenny Neal at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Kenny Neal at the Narrows Center for the Arts


I haven't listened to Kenny Neal for awhile, though I do have vivid memories of a pal playing me his spin on "Got Love If...
By webteam  |  August 24, 2010
Deke Dickerson at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Deke Dickerson at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Turn to Deke Dickerson if you want some way-out rockabilly antics. The guitarist, who has been blowing beer-fuel-ed minds for years, knows how to deliver...
By webteam  |  August 17, 2010
Taj Mahal at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Taj Mahal at the Narrows Center for the Arts


Taj Mahal? He might put a reggae bottom on Elizabeth Cotten, sing a jazz tune, or mess around with kids' songs. With every step forward,...
By webteam  |  August 17, 2010
Shelby Lynne at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Shelby Lynne at the Narrows Center for the Arts


She titled one record Identify Crisis and, yep, it's true: from the start of her career as a C&W chanteuse to the R&B belter persona...
By webteam  |  July 28, 2010