While the weather may be warming up for spring, concerts in this season of renewal are looking quite bleak for the Rhode Island area. Quality concerts are rather scarce around here, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few good shows happening in the springtime.
Two concert series occurring in the spring sure to cure the winter blues are the 90.7 WXIN and 95.5 WBRU’s Rock Hunt. Each year, WXIN and WBRU hold a Rock Hunt to find the best bands in the Rhode Island area. WBRU will start the semi-finals sometime in March, with the finals starting on March 23, and the WXIN Rock Hunt kicks off on March 22 at Firehouse 13, continuing for five weeks through the finals on April 19.
Last year, local act Vulgarrity won the WBRU Rock Hunt after winning in the WXIN hunt in 2010. Boo City took home the WXIN crown last year, after a multitude of spectacular performances. While the outcomes of the two concerts are uncertain, one thing for sure is that both the WXIN and WBRU hunts are sure to be a blast this spring.
While local music may prosper in the spring, national acts leave a lot to be desired. Those who would wish to bundle up and head to Boston will be rewarded with Irish-based punk band Flogging Molly playing the House of Blues. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $29.50. Other than that, one would have to wait until March until any serious acts come down to Providence.
On Friday, March 2, WBRU will be hosting Chevelle at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. The opening acts, Middle Class Rut and Janus, also look solid. Chevelle is considered an alternative metal trio known for the songs “Letters from a Thief,” “The Red” and the newer “Face to the Floor,” while Middle Class Rut hit the airwaves with the song “New Low.” Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of and the reserved mezzanine is $35. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show is at 8:30.
The day after Chevelle, hip hop sensation Tyga will be coming to Lupo’s for his “Careless World Tour.” Tickets for the Young Money-signed rapper are on sale Friday, Jan. 27, for $25. Tyga will take the stage on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, March 10, the pop rock band known as The Kooks will come to Providence from across the pond. Known for songs such as “Always Where I Need to Be” and “Junk of the Heart,” The Kooks are an energetic band that is sure to get a crowd dancing.
Later in the month of March, the legendary band They Might be Giants will be playing Lupo’s. They Might be Giants formed in 1982, and throug 15 albums became famous for songs such as “Birdhouse In Your Soul,” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” and “Boss of Me.” Opening the show is Jonathan Coulton, an American singer-songwriter who started in 2003 from Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his folk rock, power-pop and indie rock influences. Some notable songs are “Code Monkey” and “Re: Your Brains.”
While the spring may not be brimming with excitement in the field of concerts, there are nonetheless plenty of great shows to entertain concert junkies as the weather gets warmer. Also, as temperatures outside begin to rise, more and more bands will post shows and tours, so don’t be surprised if your favorite band comes to town sometime soon.