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5 Live Music Musts: March 7, 2014

Friday, March 07, 2014


Tomorrow is International Women’s Day so this week we highlight several local shows featuring lady rockers, female folksters and assorted others. Read on…

Marissa Nadler at Columbus

Start tonight, March 7, at Providence's venerable Columbus Theatre where Boston singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler is in town. The "dream pop" artist, who just released a new album titled July, sings ethereal folk songs. It’s a rare opportunity to see Nadler, who’s received a great deal of critical praise in recent years. The Alex K. Redfearn Trio and local SXSW-bound “ghost folk” diva Allysen Callery open. Doors at 8PM, music at 9PM, tickets $12 at door.

Amy Black at Chans

Another popular Boston based artist with an emerging national presence is Amy Black. She'll be at Chan's tomorrow night playing tunes from her fantastic new album, This is Home. The album, recorded last year in Nashville, is a tribute to the roots music of the South, where Black spent much of her youth. You’ll hear a number of originals and maybe the John Prine classic, “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.” She take the stage with her full band at 8PM, tickets are $15.

Sweetback Sisters at Common Fence

The Sweetback Sisters, led by Emily Miller and Zara Bode (soul sisters, not birth sisters), play a mix of rockabilly, honky-tonk Americana and originals. With harmonies as sweet as anything coming out of Nashville and a back-up band as tight as nails, you can expect a great night of music. They headline at Common Fence Music, where the show begins tomorrow at 8PM. Tickets at $22 in advance, $25 at the door.

Fiddlin’ at Riverfolk

The Riverfolk at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland bring another great international themed concert tonight as they welcome French-American performers Chanterelle, made up of musicians Josee Vachon, Donna Hebert, Alan Bradbury and Max Cohen. The fiddle based Franco-American performers are well known in the region – their Cajun influenced sound has been described as infectious. They play at 8PM, tickets are $15.

Folk at Stone Soup

Another in a great line of shows happens tomorrow night at Pawtucket’s Stone Soup Coffeehouse. Singer-Songwriter Peter Mulvey, who is releasing his latest (Kickstarter funded) album Silver Ladder, will be in town. Opening for Mulvey will be Northampton-based Heather Maloney, who is preparing to release a new album, “Woodstock,” featuring a gorgeous version of the Joni Mitchell classic recorded with Darlingside. Show is at 8PM, tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door.


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St. Pat’s 5K

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, think about participating in the St.Pat’s 5K. The Tour de Patrick includes three 5K races in three different cities. On March 8th the Tour de Patrick hits Providence with the race starting at 11am at the Rhode Island State House. Make sure to register for the race online. After the race, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 12 pm on Smith Street. For more information, click here.

St. Pat’s 5K: Rhode Island State House, Smith Street, Providence, RI, 02908

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Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 15th don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of Newport’s 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade begins at 11 am at Newport City Hall and will include everything from marching bands to clown units. After the parade make sure to check out the alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day family celebration which will feature bag pipers and Irish step dancers. Entry to this event is free and you’ll have the chance to win giveaways and cash prizes. Click here for more information. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 43 Broadway, Newport, RI, 02840

St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration: The “Hut,” Golden Hill Street, Newport, RI, 02840 (Behind Newport Public Library)

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South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Brought to you by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, South Boston’s one and only St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 16th. This parade is said to be the second largest parade in the country and is seen on live TV. The parade starts at 1pm. Make sure to check their website for the parade route as well as a list of pubs and bars recommended by the parade commitee. For more details, go here

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: West Broadway, Boston, MA, 02127

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11th Annual Mystic Irish Parade

If you want to keep the Irish spirit alive after St. Patrick’s Day, the 11th Annual Mystic Irish Parade is on March 23rd. This single day celebration has over 2,000 marchers and 30,000 spectators. There will also be decorated floats, Gaelic music, and the famous Irish jig. The parade kicks off at 1pm and is an event you will not want to miss. Keep checking their website for parade route information. Click here for more information. 

11th Annual Mystic Irish Parade: Mystic, Connecticut

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Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival

St. Patrick’s Day is not a one day celebration, at least not according to the Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival. On Friday March 7th from 5:30 pm to 11 pm (doors close at 9:30 pm) and Saturday March 8th from 2 pm to 9 pm (doors close at 7:30 pm) step inside the largest brewery in Boston and enjoy food venders selling corned beef and cabbage and cash bars featuring Harpoon Celtic Red. Also get ready to dance the Irish jig because both nights feature 4 or more live bands. The coverage charge is $20 at the door (cash only). For more details, visit their website

Harpoon Brewery: 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210

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Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Connecticut has another great parade on Sunday March 16th in Greater New Haven. This parade which begins at 1:30 pm is a free event and is the largest spectator event in Connecticut. This parade features 3,000 marchers, bag pipers, clowns and marching units, and will be broadcasted on FOX CT. Click here for more details. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Derby Avenue and Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, 06511

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A Little Bit of Ireland

Described as pure Celtic magic, the A Little Bit of Ireland show on March 15th and 16th at the Reagle Music Theatre is now celebrating its 16th anniversary. As the largest Irish show in New England, this show features Irish tenors, Riverdance, a master Irish comic and a peek at Irish cottage life. There are three shows and tickets start at $35, purchase them online. Visit their website for more information.

Reagle Music Theatre: 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA, 02452

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Durgin Park

One of the best parts about St. Patrick’s Day is of course the corned beef and cabbage dinner. Durgin Park located near Faneuil Hall in Boston is known for its traditional New England corned beef and cabbage dinners so you won’t have to miss out on this Irish tradition. For more information, click here.  

Durgin Park: 340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA, 02109

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Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Worcester County is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts and take pride in your Irish- American heritage. The Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to a safe family-oriented parade, which begins March 9th at 12 pm. Click here for details. 

St. Patrick’s Parade: Park Avenue, Worcester, 01602

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Faneuil Hall is not the only place to enjoy some traditional Irish cuisine, RiRa is a popular Irish pub in Providence that serves some great Irish food including a Guinness stew and house brined corn beef. Make sure to check their website for events, they often feature trivia nights and live music. For more information, visit RiRa online.

RiRa:: 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI, 02903 


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