Six Picks: The best of local music this weekend (July 8-10)


Friday: Boston-based singer-songwriter Marc Erelli play it Norman bird sanctuary Friday for an outdoor concert co-sponsored by Newport Live (formerly Common Fence Music). Erelli is known for his collaboration with artists such as Josh Ritter, Rosanne Cash and Sheryl Crow. The music starts at 7 p.m. with the opening Rachel Summer. Click here for more details.

The whole weekend: The directory levitation festival returns to Marshfield, MA this weekend with a full lineup of jam bands and more. Highlights include the funky soul of Vulfpeck Friday, Phil Lesh and his friends jamming on Saturday night and the relaxed atmosphere of Jack Johnson on Sunday. Click here for the full schedule.

Saturday: naked ladies return to the Mohegan Sun Arena for a leg of their “Last Summer On Earth” tour on Saturday night. The award-winning Canadian band have sold over 15 million albums with songs such as ‘Brian Wilson’ and ‘If I Had $1,000,000’. Special guests Gin flowers and Toad the wet pinion open at 7 p.m. Full details here.

Saturday and Sunday: The New Bedford Folk Festival take to the streets of Whaling City this weekend with an “A List” of the hottest folk and roots bands around. Highlights include folk/blues legend Roy bookbindersinger-songwriter John Gorkalocal favorites Grace Morrison and The Vox Hunters. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for more details.

Sunday: Two legendary acts stop at Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Sunday evening when Brian Wilson and Chicago perform. Wilson brings his Beach Boy pals Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin for a round of classics, and expect the Chicago horns to blow your mind. There are still good seats and affordable garden seats are available. Click here for more details.

Sunday: Free NIMFEST concert series at King’s Park in Newport starts this weekend with local favorites Future stage in the same way Dan Burke and the royal treatment. Bring a picnic, bring a Frisbee and watch the action on the water from one of Newport’s best outdoor spots. The music starts at 3 p.m. Full details and future show slates here.

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

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