Check It Out: 5 R.I. music venues of all sizes and sounds

From folk and jazz to rock ‘n’ roll and Cape Verdean music, clubs in Providence, Pawtucket and Newport offer something for every taste.

Rhode Island has always been a great state for music, and there are lots of fine places to listen, from big clubs to more intimate venues. So this list doesn’t pretend to be complete, or even “the best.”

We’ve left off some of the better-known venues, such as Chan’s and Lupo’s, because you probably already know about them.

But here are five places worth checking out:

1. Aurora, Providence

This downtown performance space has a little bit of everything: folk, jazz, indie-rock, burlesque, theater, DJs, comedy, even wrestling.

“We’re open seven days a week, and we try to keep it as diverse as possible, and as affordable as possible,” said Jenny Young, who is in charge of booking and promotions. Young said Aurora, on the site of the former Roots Cafe, is committed to supporting local artists, but after two years of operation is starting to hear from touring bands as well.

The club has a capacity of about 200, with a bar in the front room serving craft cocktails and frozen drinks.

276 Westminster St., Providence. (401) 272-5723,
Smith, Andy. “Check It Out: 5 R.I. music venues of all sizes and sounds” Providence Journal.  31 March. 2016 web <>