The 5 Best August Live Music Shows in Providence, RI


As we endure the infamous scorching days of summer, with sweltering heat and humidity, let’s at least be thankful that the concert halls around these parts are air-conditioned and a great place to stay hydrated while indulging in a iced drink or two.

If you’re looking for a great night out, you can sample a variety of musical genres on the stages of Providence in August, ranging from hip-hop and reggae to punk rock, R&B and funk. To keep you up to date while keeping things fresh, here are five shows happening in the city that you should know about.

Garage-rockers Gymshorts at Fete

Where: Music Festival, 103 Dike St.

When: August 10, 7 p.m. (all ages)

Tickets: $12


Sometimes we need amped up rock music to get us through the middle of the week, and Gymshorts will provide that at the Fete Music Hall lounge. Led by Sarah Greenwell on guitar and vocals, this loud, surfing garage rock band is one of many talented bands to emerge from the Providence music scene in the 2010s. Local soul-prog grinders Bochek will open the show, so come early to get a double dose of quality music.

Where: Strand Ballroom and Theater, 79 Washington St.

When: August 20, 8:30 p.m. (18+)

Tickets: $50

Both Method Man and Redman are certified hip-hop legends, and anyone who was around in the 90s would probably agree with me. The former’s music with the Wu-Tang Clan is timeless, and the latter made his mark with hits such as “Blow Your Mind” and “Rockafella.” Their biggest hit together is “How High,” which also shares a movie of the same name they both starred in, and when they get together on stage, it’s usually a fun time.

Bud Runner will be at the Parlor on August 22.

Chill out with Bud Runner’s reggae at the Parlor

Where: The Living Room, 1119 North Main St.

When: August 22, 8 p.m. (21+)

Tickets: $5

Information: (401) 383-5858,

One of the best things you can do on a Monday night in Providence is to stop by the Parlor for Foundation Mondays. The showcase of reggae music has been going on since the venue opened about a decade ago, and Bud Runner, with venue owner and operator Gregory Rourke on guitar, will perform that night. Pauly Danger will be spinning the best of ska, dub and reggae before and after the band’s performance, so show up quickly.

Jam, funk and rock from Guess Method, The Q-Tip Bandits and Smug Honey in Askew

Where: Askew, 150 Chestnut St.

When: August 26, 9 p.m. (18+)

Tickets: $10


A triple threat of talented groups will come to Askew towards the end of the month for an enjoyable experience. Guess Method and Smug Honey are funky South County based bands with unique progressive and jazzy tendencies. Boston band The Q-Tip Bandits bring a mix of rock, R&B and funk, so it’s pretty obvious that you should put on your dancing shoes before you arrive.

Bully’s grunge rock at the Columbus Theater

Where: Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway

When: August 31, 8 p.m. (all ages)

Tickets: $20


Ever since I first heard “Milkman” in 2014, I’ve been hooked on Alicia Bognanno’s garage rock band from Nashville. She is a force of nature with her writing, her angst and her lyrics while being both melodic and amplified. Bognanno’s approach to music is something that should be appreciated by any fan of 90s music, especially those who love the sounds of Nirvana and Sonic Youth, and that’s why people should check out her and her band, tear it up when they come to town.


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