Blowing off steam

Sasquatch, Sleep City, and more!
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 31, 2011

You can come out now, it's okay. Put Irene in your rearview mirror and prepare for action all weekend and beyond. Heads up for JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS on THURSDAY (the 1st), returning to the Whiskey Republic, along with VUDU SISTER and THE FAMOUS WINTERS; 21+ and only $5, call 401.588.5158. The long weekend begins on FRIDAY (the 2nd) when MARK CUTLER & MEN OF GREAT COURAGE play a freebie at Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), while the Throwdown of the Weekend arrives at the Met in Pawtucket Friday night led by SASQUATCH & THE SICK-A-BILLYS, THE DOLL EYES (pick up their kick-ass debut at 75orless records.com) and THE FORTUNE HEALERS. And head back to the Met on SATURDAY (the 3rd) for SLEEP CITY headlining with SIDESHOW, CASSELA (welcome back!), and CONSTANCE ALIVE; call 401.729.1005 for details on both shows. A number of revered local acts are on tap Saturday evening, offering another reason to head back to the beach: the Ocean Mist hosts STEVE SMITH & THE NAKEDS (call 401.782.3740); ERIC FONTANA joins BLACK & WHITE at the Galilee Beach Club (401.789.9675), and ROOMFUL OF BLUES will raise the roof at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly ($20, 401.596.4225). Labor Day weekend marks the annual RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL at Ninigret Park in Charlestown. Friday highlights include Sarah & the Tall Boys, and Marcia Ball, get there early Saturday for Richard Thompson (!) taking the stage around 4:30 pm, and SUNDAY (the 4th) features Delbert McClinton, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and plenty more. Cajun dance lessons and hoedowns, family-friendly workshops, the works. Camping deals and tix are available at rhythmandroots.com or dial 888.855.6940. And circle the calendar for next THURSDAY (the 8th) for a nice triple dip at the Whiskey Republic with THE SILKS, THE BROTHER KITE (great set at Foo Fest), and Newport's SKINNY MILLIONAIRES (Sleeping Dogs Lie is a must-hear) playing the Whiskey's "True Music Thursday" series.

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