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Six Picks Music – This weekend’s best live music: Ziggy Gnardust, Stubborn Hearts and Lost Dog Street Band


This weekend, fight the winter chills and warm up to some good tunes at local spots in the region. Here are my “six picks” for the coming week.

Friday: Experienced singer-songwriter Chris Smither In 1967 he played at the Newport Folk Festival for the first time. (He’s returned a number of times since.) He’s released some of his best songs in recent years, and he’ll be sharing some of those tunes at the Narrows Center in Fall River on Friday night. Click here for details.

Friday: A quadruple list of punk-inspired rock ‘n’ roll arrives at the News Cafe in Pawtucket around 9 p.m. Friday. Stubborn hearts, surviving seasons, a thousand years in between and waiver wire are on the bill. Click here for details.

Sunday: Bite the bullet! It’s having a record release party at Askew in Providence Ziggy Gnardust, rocking melodies from the new album and more. The evening includes an opener Beauquet, Bill Bartholomew and Dylan Stankowitz. The music starts at 9 p.m. Click here for details.

Saturday: Guitar slinger from Texas Willie J. Laws takes his band to Chan’s in Woonsocket. Check out his mix of blues, funk and jazz on Saturday nights at 8pm. Click here for details.

Saturday: Newport singer-songwriter Randy Robbins plays at the Reef on Saturday night at 6pm. Enjoy good music, a great meal in a heated igloo, and great views of Newport Harbor. Click here for details.

Wednesday: The Lost Dog Street Band bring their modern trad-country sound to The Strand in Providence on Wednesday, January 26th for a long-awaited show. The Nashville band released a new album, Glory, on January 21. Matthew Heckler opens at 8 p.m. Click here for details.

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What’sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI and The Bay. He DJs “The Kingston Coffeehouse” on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 9pm on WRIU 90.3 FM.

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