Blue State Coffee and Narragansett Beer are sponsoring the Earth Day Fest, which doubles as a record release party for the stellar A State of Blue local music compilation, at the Blackstone on Saturday, April 19. The lineup also features the Hope Anchor, Von Doom, the ’Mericans, and Minky Starshine. Call 401.726.2181.
Sage Francis’s label, Strange Famous Records, is providing an opening party for KRS-One at Lupo’s on Tuesday, April 22. Strange Famous, an immensely literate hip-hop label that takes its cue from Sage’s style, has a tremendous roster, with Buck 65, B. Dolan, Prolyphic, Reanimator, and Alias. Most of the guys — with follicle- challenged chrome domes — dish out some griot-inspired lines on the dark side, treading between poetry and motion. Along with the other amazing hip-hop cabal in town, Poorly Drawn People, the Strange Famous roster is eye-poppingly gifted and well worth your time.
At Lupo’s on Tuesday, Sage Francis, B. Dolan, and Prolyphic will lay it down. Get the goods and more at strangefamousrecords.com.
Fishing with Finnegan
Fishing with Finnegan is the Ryan family, four siblings — part-Irish, part-Italian — from northern Rhode Island. The home-schooled crew grew up listening to the Irish pluck of Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, as well as the Beatles, the Stones, and John Denver. This Friday, they’ll be at the Live Culture Coffeehouse at the Beckwith-Bruckshaw Memorial Lodge, 50 Lodge Road, Pascoag. On Monday at 7 pm, they’ll hit Acoustic Night at the Meeting Street Ben & Jerry’s ice cream emporium. And on Wednesday, April 23, they’ll play their first show at AS220, accompanied by Jordan Cannady and the Jennifer Logue Band. The show is all-ages. Check out the rest of the Ryans’ story at fishingwithfinnegan.com.
On Friday, April 18, THE JERKTONES, with the Goners’ Tony Jones, play their first Providence show at the Penalty Box on North Main Street, with Engine Room and Dorian James & the Brood. It’s a 21+ gig, starts at 10 pm, and no cover. Call 401.331.8545. Also on Friday, the Peeptoad Coffeehouse coaxed THE STUMBLEWEEDS, with Lynette, D. Kelly, J. Hanlon, and Cocktail Cote on the kit, to travel to the North Foster Baptist Church, at 81 East Killingly Road in Foster. Call 401.647.3105 or e-mail peeptoadconcerts@ juno.com if you need more info before making the trek.
It’s Blues Friday, with a couple of solid blues/R&B nights around. JOSH BARBER & THE STACK plays at A1 Pizza and Pub in Fall River, Massachusetts, at 10 pm. Call 508.677.3093. The TIM TAYLOR BLUES BAND hits the News Cafe in Pawtucket with an 8 pm start. Call 401.728.6475. At Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, CORINNE WAHLBERG, CRAIG SONNENFELD, and BLUE AROUND THE EDGES team up at a Rhode Island Songwriters Association folk, fingerpicking, and bluegrass show from 8 to 10 pm. Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted. Call 401.575.2284.
At Chan’s in Woonsocket, you can catch the big CD release party with ERIK NARWHAL AND THE MANATEES on Saturday at 8 pm. Admission is $10. Call 401.765.1900. Also on Saturday at Stone Soup, MARY ANN ROSSONI and IAN FITZGERALD team up for a night of quality folk music. Rossoni will be performing with her band. The show begins at 8 pm and tickets are $15. Call 401.921.5115. JOE FLETCHER sits by himself on stage for a solo set on Saturday at AS220. Fletch is the opener for THE JERKUS CIRCUS, a campy cabaret from Boston featuring comedy, music, dancing, freaks, and even a little skin. Call 401.831.9327.