Conimicut, Garden City, Edgewood’s Hall Library, Providence’s Waterplace Park and dozens of places around Rhode Island offer free concerts just about every night of the week. You can see the big names in Newport and at the Connecticut casinos. Jazz, folk and rhythm and roots festivals are on their way.
Here are two unique performances that you may enjoy.
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang
My spell check went crazy on this group from Sierra Leone who play “bubu,” a frantically-paced electronic dance music with ancient, magical origins.
Janka has revived and modernized this music of the past as civil war raged in Freetown. Despite his efforts to make peace, Janka became a target and had to escape his native land. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is joined by members of other groups, forming the first Bubu band in America.
Janka is working on a special project for the Olympics, writing and recording a song for the Sierra Leonean team, and will debut it on the road and at his performance in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Should be interesting.
Eliot Lewis at Side Bar Bistro
National recording artist Eliot Lewis, a member of the Hall and Oates Band and former member of Average White Band, will present a free music event at the Side Bar Bistro, 127 Dorrance St. in Providence from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. People are welcome to arrive for dinner at 6 p.m., or they can arrive later and sit or stand at the bar. For dinner reservations call 421-7200.
‘The Who” coming to The Dunk
They are not coming until Feb. 13, 2013, but tickets are going on sale July 27 for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Peter Townshend and Roger Daltrey and The Who perform “Quadrophia” in its entirety, along with other great Who hits. Tickets range from $59.50 to $129.50.
If you can’t wait that long to see superstars, the American Idol tour is at the Dunk on August 26, followed by Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour on Sept. 17 and Journey, Pat Benatar and Lover Boy on Sept. 29.
Sunset Music Series
We’ve enjoyed a few good evenings by the bay and under a huge tent at the Newport Sunset Music Festival in downtown Newport.
Lyle Lovett will be there on Friday, Aug. 3, followed the next night, Saturday, Aug. 4 by The Cowboy Junkies and the Pousette Dart Band.