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5 Live Music Musts: December 27, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013


Check out Prince at Mohegan Sun on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

Our final “5 Live” of the year features music royalty – local and international starting with one of the most popular and influential musicians of all-time...

Prince at Mohegan Sun

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince is spending the weekend nearby, playing three shows starting tonight at Mohegan Sun. The Grammy winning artist is constantly re-inventing himself, and these appearances are not part of an official tour, so we don’t really know what to expect. It should be an interesting weekend. Hope you got some extra dough for the holidays - tickets are still available starting at $142 – shows are tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 8PM. Click here for further details.

Jeff Pitchell and Charles Neville

Closer to home, Chan’s has a great show tonight featuring acclaimed guitarist Jeff Pitchell along with Grammy winning sax player Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers. They’re combining talents on a new album “Mardi Gras, a Taste of New Orleans and the Blues.” Need we say more? Show is at 8PM, tickets are $25.

The ‘Mericans at Local 121

Local 121, the popular downtown eatery, has put together a nice series of Sunday night concerts in the Taproom. This Sunday is no exception as they welcome The ‘Mericans. The band is scheduling an official release event next month for their new recording, A Tribute to Providence, an album made up of 20 cover songs from 20 different RI bands. Click here for a free download. Dan Dodd and Arc Iris open the evening, beginning around 10PM.

Rockabilly Royalty - Wanda Jackson

By far the coolest woman making music in Providence this week is the 76 year old “Queen of Rock” Wanda Jackson. She’s at the Columbus Theatre Monday night for a rare area gig. Elvis’ former BFF has more recently been collaborating with the likes of Jack White and Justin Townes Earle. On Monday December 30, she’ll be accompanied by Philly rockers Toy Soldiers with local boys The Silks opening. Show is at 7PM - Tickets are $22, and $25 day of show. Look for a complete review of the show next week here at GoLocalProv.

A Honky-Tonk New Year

For New Year’s Eve, our pick goes to a couple of Americana/Roots bands who are home for the holidays. Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons will headline Tuesday at The Met. Openers include J.P. Harris and Tough Choices along with Smith and Weeden. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. And “America’s original roadhouse,” Cady’s Tavern (since 1810!), welcomes Sarah and the Tall Boys. Both bands are led by RI natives who have recently relocated to Nashville. We expect great things from them and all area artists in 2014. Happy New Year!

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A Record Deal

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