So, some of you may have heard about a tiny little fest-i-val featuring little-known musical acts happening this weekend in Rhode Island. …Okay – maybe it’s a ridiculously awesome festival with a laundry list of dream acts playing within rock-throwing distance of each other in the span of 48 hours. But, if you’re not making it out of the concrete jungle for this year’s Newport Folk Fest, that’s okay (we guess…). There’s still a handful of awesomeness happening in the city this week.
If you’re not familiar with California-based Milo Greene, seize your chance. They play Mercury Lounge on Thursday as they set out on a U.S. tour to promote their debut album. I got the chance to see them open for The Civil Wars late last year and was dually impressed by their talent and humility. The five-piece is reminiscent of The Head and the Heart for all the obvious reasons, but yet brings a unique brand of spunk and songs about home-spun heartbreak to their live show. Check out this performance of a song meant to be loved, “1957”:
Plus, tonight yet another young bluegrass miss hailing from Boston’s Berklee College of Music (think: Sarah Jarosz) will play Highline Ballroom. She’s Tennessee-native Sierra Hull. Hull more than knows her way around a mandolin, and the content of her songs truly belies her years. Come check her out.
Wednesday, July 25
Wilco — 8 p.m. at Terminal 5
Thursday, July 26
Milo Greene — 6:30 p.m. at Mercury Lounge
Friday, July 27
The Growlers — 8:30 p.m. at Glasslands
Saturday, July 28
Gary Clarke, Jr. and Givers — 7 p.m. at Central Park SummerStage