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5 Live Music Musts: Friday, September 20th

Friday, September 20, 2013


Like James Brown on steroids: Black Joe Lewis + The Honeybears will be at Fete next Tuesday.

Fall brings even more festivals and some great shows to town this week…

Life Is Good

First up this weekend, we’ll hit a major festival for trendy optimists and hip families up the road in Canton, MA. The “Life is Good Festival” features great music, food, fundraising, and lots of cool activities. The annual event draws thousands and raises millions for the Life is Good Foundation. Artists including Hall and Oates, Jack Johnson, The Roots, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be there. The festival runs all day Saturday and Sunday – tickets are $65, $20 for kids. For more details, check our preview on GoLocal.

Fusion Fest

Another great festival happening Saturday is the 5th annual Fusion Fest, a fundraiser for the Fusionworks Dance Company.  Head to the Blount Clam Shack in Warren for a gaggle of artists including local faerie whisperer Allysen Callery as well as sonic rampagers Six Star General. Other Golocal faves including Jacob Haller, Galvanize, and Mark Cutler will be there. The fun starts at noon and runs till 7:00. Admission is free – visit the vendors to support Fusionworks programs!

Cowsills Return to RI

The Pawtucket Arts Festival continues this weekend at Slater Park. Sunday features a number of bands including 60’s legends The Cowsills, recently inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. They go onstage Sunday at 3:30. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops in the Park follows at 5:30. There'll be arts and crafts, vendors, food trucks and family activities all afternoon. And did we mention …it's all free!

Black Joe Lewis

Here’s a real mid week treat - Tuesday September 24th Fete has Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears in the house. Lewis has been receiving critical praise for his new album, Electric Slave. The sound is James Brown on steroids … and we know, James Brown sounded like James Brown on steroids! The band blends rock, funk, R&B, with vintage soul and distorted guitars. The show starts at 9PM and tickets are $15 with local rockers The Silks opening.

Columbus Theatre Ramps Up

Next Thursday September 26th, be sure to check out Sean Hayes at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. The Columbus has a big lineup of shows this fall with a number of great Indie artists scheduled. Hayes is touring in support of his new album “Before We Turn to Dust.”  He’s been described as “"a singular urban/backwoods sound and vision.”  The Blank Tapes open the show at 8 PM tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.


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paula Silva

Also, I want to mention Paul Rocha a Musician who is a recent RI transplant from North Hampton, MA will be at Fusion Works Saturday. Not as well known locally but he is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, his style is heavily influenced by the 60's & 70's British rock invasion. A crowd pleaser that is sure to be the surprise of the day to the many RI music fans that aren't familiar with him.

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