The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) has expanded its 3rd annual Hall of Fame Ceremony and Concerts to two days this year – Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 – at two different locations. The RIMHOF’s nine 2014 inductees are Tavares, Duke Robillard, Cheryl Wheeler, Paul Gonsalves, The Castaleers, The Mark II (Winston Cogswell and Ray Peterson), Freddie Scott, Francis Madeira and Randy Hien. The May 3 concert featuring Tavares, as well as a tribute to Freddie Scott led by Mac Odom and The Travis Colby Band, will take place at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. The 2014 RIMHOF Induction Ceremony and Concert is set for Sunday, May 4, at The MET and Hall of Fame space itself, both located within the Hope Artiste Village complex on Main Street in Pawtucket. Sunday’s afternoon event will include the unveiling of all nine 2014 inductee exhibits as well as performances by Cheryl Wheeler, Duke Robillard, the Mark II and a tribute to Paul Gonsalves led by world-renowned saxophonist Dan Moretti. All proceeds from RIMHOF’s annual induction events go toward creating the museum displays, acquiring recordings and memorabilia, and digitizing that collection for permanent online access for future generations. All organizational work has been donated by members of the Board of Directors and a staff of volunteers. For more, coronate your way to: rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com
On the first Tuesday of every month, from 7 to 10pm, an open mic is held at Sandywoods in Tiverton. Musicians, performers and spoken word artists are welcome to take the stage. Admission is free, but donations for the evening’s featured act are accepted. This month is Bill Mottea. Also at Sandywoods is a repeat of the popular standing-room-only memorial concert held on Valentine’s Day. The same great roster of musicians will perform: Art Tebbets, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly; Bill Harley, Joyce Katzberg and Jimmy Warren; and Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen. No charge for this outdoor concert, but donations for musicians and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. will be accepted. Join in as they honor and pay tribute to folk icon Pete Seeger. After the concert, there will be an open sing-a-long and bonfire! For more, hootenanny over to: sandywoodsmusic.com.
The Bell Street Chapel in Providence hosts Ellis Delaney and Lara Herscovitch (the former Connecticut state troubadour) on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm. For more about this show, ring up: 401-273-5678.
The Voices Under Cover shows have found a new home at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston. Shows are scheduled all summer. Kicking off the first show on Saturday, May 17 is an encore performance of the inaugural show from last year. The performers: Kala Farnham, Heather Rose, Louis Leeman and others will be singing the songs of Warren Zevon. For more, werewolf to: HearInRhodeIsland.com.
The Round Square Music Festival will take place again this year on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at Theatre 82, Rolfe Square in Cranston. Dedicated to songwriters in Rhode Island, the festival will feature some of the area’s best in an acoustic setting. Enjoy a weekend of music ranging from Americana to folk with hints of jazz and pop, featuring Kala Farnham, G.W. Mercure, Tracie Potochnik, Ian Fitzgerald, Daphne Lee Martin, Haunt the House, Allysen Callery, Matt Borrello, Dan Blakeslee and Steve Allain. Music will start at 8pm both Friday and Saturday nights. For more, circle your square to: artists-exchange.org.
The Greenwich Odeum on Main Street in East Greenwich is up and running again and has some great shows coming up. May 10 is The Jersey Four: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, May 31 is The KroppDusters, June 7 is Hey Nineteen: A Steely Dan Tribute. For more, hum over to the theodeum.org.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!