Check out the 5 best October live music shows in Providence


I don’t know about you, but October is one of my favorite times of year. Autumn is in full swing, with cool weather and brilliant colors in the landscape. There’s also pumpkin beer, cider donuts, apple picking, King Richard’s Fair in Carver, MA, and other cool activities.

I can’t forget about Halloween, but I’ll have another story coming next week that will let you know what’s happening to mark this spooky occasion. In the meantime, the live music is still going strong in Providence, and here are some shows to check out next month.

Where: Twilight, 301 Harris Ave.

When: Oct. 1, 2 p.m. (18 and over)

Tickets: $10

Information: (401) 714-0444, Twilight Providence on Facebook

Craft beer lovers know this other Oktoberfest, but Dusk’s own October Fest celebrates riffin’ and good live music as people indulge in beer and other refreshments. Their first edition of this festival was a hoot, and the second promises to be the best way to spend the first Saturday of the month. Sludge Metalheads DNR, hardcore punks The Paraplegics, noise rock phenoms Minibeast, Mötley Crüe tribute band Looks That Kill, grunge-punk duo Brown Apples, garage rock stalwarts Atlantic Thrills, New York experimental rockers Joudy, gothic folk entity Vudu Sister , psychedelic punks Jade Tourniquet, mighty punk rock trio Ski Bunny, progressive alt-funk dynamos Northeast Traffic and garage rock instigators Joy Boys will be part of a stacked bill.

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Where: Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway

When: Oct. 4, 8 p.m. (all ages)

Tickets: $35

Information: (401) 621-9660,

Presented by PVD World Music, this show will feature a band that has been around since 1979 but only released their debut album in 2001. With roots in the North African country of Algeria and the West African country of Mali, Tinariwen is considered a pioneer of the “desert blues” style adopted more recently by Mdou Moctar and Bombino. Their most recent album, “Amadjar”, released in 2019, was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album and won the 2020 Libera Award for Best World Music Album.

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Where: Strand Ballroom and Theater, 79 Washington St.

When: Oct. 5, 8 p.m. (all ages)

Tickets: $45-$125

Information: (401) 618-8900,

Debuting at Boston’s Berklee College Of Music in the mid-1980s, Dream Theater are considered one of the most genre-defying progressive metal bands of all time. Guitarist John Petrucci is a legend in his own right, and he will perform with fellow Dream Theater founder Mike Portnoy on drums and prolific bassist Dave LaRue. Thrash metal band Meanstreak, which features Petrucci and Portnoy’s wives Rena Sands and Marlene Apuzzo on guitar, will open the show.

Where: Askew, 150 Chestnut St.

When: Oct. 15, 9 p.m. (21 and over)

Tickets: $15

Information: (774) 526-9736, Askew Prov on Facebook

Boston’s Devil’s Twins have a dynamic sound they like to call “noir-punk” that is fueled by the alternating and sometimes combined vocals of Nicole Marie Coogan, guitarist Jeremiah John Louf, trumpeter Eric Ortiz and saxophonist Aitan Ben- Joseph. Hailing from Los Angeles, Tiny Stills bring a mix of indie rock and power pop as part of a cross-country tour. Kicking things off will be Boston artist known as Senseless Optimism who blends R&B, soul, funk, rock and blues into an intriguing and captivating style of music.

Where: Music Festival, 103 Dike St.

When: Oct. 27, 7 p.m. (all ages)

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Information: (401) 383-1112,

Boston noise rock quartet Kal Marks have a knack for pushing boundaries. This is particularly evident on their latest album, “My Name Is Hell”, which I consider to be one of the best records released from The Hub so far this year. Local band Minibeast will also be part of this show, along with rock cello band Prior Panic, so get there quick.


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