Fall Music Preview: Sounds abound

By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 16, 2010
OVER THE BRIDGE Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express play the Narrows on November 6.

At Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (79 Washington Street, Providence, 401.331.5876, lupos.com), WBRU continues to spread the love with their $9.55 Cheap Date concert series — mark October 9 on your calendar, when ZOX perform what’s being billed as their only reunion show of the year. The following evening, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CLUTCH (!), and CHILDREN OF BODOM take the stage. The RICHARD THOMPSON BAND dazzles on October 28, GUSTER return October 30, and a big weekend opens November with MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD on the 5th and MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, SAY ANYTHING, SAVES THE DAY, and (the nominee for worst band name goes to . . .) A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES on the 6th.

And don’t forget Firehouse 13 (41 Central Street, Providence, 401,270.1801, firehouse13.org) on the outskirts of town (behind the Mickey D’s on Broad Street): on September 25, the excellent BROWN BIRD and revered bluesman SAMUEL JAMES help JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS celebrate their highly-anticipated full-length, White Lighter. And on October 8, local hard rockers KANERKO continue their return run with special guests PISTOL SHOT GYPSY, BIRCH HILL DAM, and FROZEN (18-plus, $10 at the door).

The Ocean Mist (895 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, 401,782.3740, oceanmist.net) is known for their reggae shows, and house favorite BARRINGTON LEVY will make a return visit on October 2. And two Rhody legends, JOHN CAFFERTY & THE BEAVER BROWN BAND and ROOMFUL OF BLUES, will share the stage on November 27. Both shows are expected to sell out well in advance. Another live seaside destination is the Newport Blues Cafe (286 Thames Street, 401,841.5510, Newport, newportblues.com), hosting DEER TICK for a two-night run on November 11 and 12, and the Austin, Texas kings of country-swing, nine-time Grammy winners ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL visit on November 21.

And for our folk ’n’ roots fans, get your fill at Stone Soup Coffeehouse at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pawtucket (50 Park Place, Pawtucket, 401,921.5115, stonesoupcoffeehouse.com), celebrating their 30th season with Americana songwriter ERICA WHEELER stopping by on October 9, and ERIC ANDERSEN on November 6 with opening support from MARK CUTLER (be sure to pick up a copy of Culter’s latest, Red). Season membership plans are available for Common Fence Music Hall (933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, 401.683.5085, commonfencemusic.org), prepping their 18th season of live music with an additional venue at Channing Church (133 Pelham Street, Newport). The unique, mando-lin-infused SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111 play the Music Hall on November 20, and SAMUEL JAMES entertains on December 4.

Make plans to be at the Knickerbocker Cafe (35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, 401.315.5070, theknickerbockercafe.com) on September 26 for Chicago blues master LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS, on October 24 for SUSAN COWSILL, and on November 13 for peerless storyteller ROBERT EARL KEEN. There are dozens of reasons to head over the Braga Bridge to the Narrows Center For the Arts (16 Anawan Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 508.324.1926, ncfta.org). Highlights include LUKA BLOOM (September 25), RAUL MALO (October 21), and CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS (November 6). And Peeptoad Coffeehouse at the Foster Country Club (67 Johnson Road, Foster, 401.451.8848, fosteringarts.org) delivers a special winter holiday show by THE GNOMES on December 10, with BROWN BIRD, AZTEC TWO-STEP, and PENDRAGON scheduled for early ’11.

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