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5 Live Music Musts – January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

 

Too much music – too little time! We’ve got a show for you almost every night this week – from Blues to Irish Traditional to Rock and Roll. February kicks off with the 5 best shows this week.

Paddy Keenan – Irish Traditional

Tomorrow night, Sandywoods has award-winning Uillean Piper Paddy Keenan. The Uillean pipes are the national bagpipe of Ireland and Keenan is counted as among the best players in the world. He has been praised as “the Jimi Hendrix of the Pipes,” and his improvisational and counter-melody methods have been compared to Jazz great John Coltrane. Opening the evening will be well-known Flutist and Boston College faculty member, Jimmy Noonan. Show is at 8PM, tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Ken Lyon - Singer/Songwriter

Also tomorrow night, Riverfolk, at the Blackstone River Theatre has a special show featuring RI legend Ken Lyon. The singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the Tombstone Band, is a charter member of the RI Music Hall of Fame. He has opened for artists as diverse as Queen, Aerosmith and Elton John. Lyon is joined by his current band, the Maui Night Hawks. Show is at 8PM, tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

Tommy Castro - Blues

A rare Monday night event next week is happening at Chan’s. Leading Blues guitarist Tommy Castro will be playing two shows, and legendary DJ Carter Allen will be signing his new book, Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN. Castro’s new album, “The Devil You Know” is getting great reviews. Allen’s new book is sure to bring back warm memories of a much loved New England institution, WBCN. The book signing begins at 6PM, the shows are at 8PM and 10PM. Ticket info here.

Bettye Lavette - Blues

Next Wednesday February 5, Bryant University is hosting the incomparable Bettye LaVette in conjunction with Black History Month. LaVette was an R&B teen star in the 1960s, and has made a comeback in recent years. She’s released a couple of great albums and penned her autobiography, A Woman Like Me, a tell-all which has been described as “a dizzying, careening, nonstop roller coaster ride.” The show starts at 7PM, tickets are $20, free for Smithfield residents (limit 2), with a number of additional discounts available--click here for details.

Charles Bradley - R&B/Soul

Finally, next Thursday, February 6, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires will be at The Columbus Theatre in Providence. Bradley’s story is fascinating – his career took off at age 62, after years of part time jobs and occasional stints as a James Brown impersonator. His style reveals the essence of Brown, and he’s joined by a funky back-up band, The Extraordinaires, who promise to bring down the house. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors at 8PM, show at 9PM. 

 

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