‘Six Picks’ Music: The Best of Local Music This Weekend (September 16-18)

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From rock and roll to bluegrass, there’s plenty of great music locally on this last official weekend of summer. We’re previewing some good ones here – get out there and enjoy some live music before sweater time rolls around.

Friday: wille nelson Outlaw Music Festival rolls in Mansfield Xfinity Center this weekend with a lineup full of Newport Folk Festival veterans. They understand Billy Strings, Brittany Spencer, The Avett Brothers and Larkin Poe. The party starts around 4pm – good affordable seats are available for one of the last outdoor shows of the season at Xfinity. Click here for more details.

Friday: The last outdoor evening show of the season at Norman bird sanctuary presents singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz’s one-man show, known as The suitcase race. Not a novelty act, Lorenz is a critically acclaimed artist who has toured internationally. There are a few tickets left for the 7 p.m. show. Click here for more details.

Friday: The series of great shows at Jane Pickens Film and Event Center carry on friday with the guitar legend Al Dimeola. The Jersey City, NJ native burst onto the scene in the early 1980s with the fusion album Friday Night in San Francisco recorded live with fellow guitar greats John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. Tickets are still available for the 8 p.m. show. Click here for more details.

Saturday: There has been a thriving bluegrass scene in Rhode Island for many years and on Saturday some of the area’s leading bands come together to Ocean State Bluegrass Festival and Pick-Nic at Frerichs Farm in Warren. Performers include the Hosmer Mountain Boys, Poor Monroe, and national recording group rock hearts. Click here for more details.

Saturday Sunday: Nick Idon, a beloved drummer who played in several local bands died earlier this year. This weekend, a group of his friends will gather to celebrate his life and legacy. Shiza Festival at Dusk in Providence features big local names Z Boys, SexCafé, Ravi Shavi and viking jesus. Music starts at 2 p.m. both days. Click here for more details.

Sunday: See you at Westerly united theater Sunday evening for a rare live performance by a singer-songwriter Mr. Ward. The guitarist, known for his She and Him collaboration with Zoey Deschanel, is a folk music innovator, with nine albums and numerous production credits behind him. Courtney Jay opens at 8 p.m. Click here for more details.

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