Live Music in Providence

The Creative Capital is flush with venues to suit all kinds of tastes when it comes to live music. The city that catapulted the Talking Heads to fame after the members of the iconic band went to RISD in the 1970s, and ushered Deer Tick to David Letterman’s show decades later, has a great ear. You just have to know where to go.

Expect the unexpected at AS220, a local arts force that provides a venue for new and aspiring talent playing everything you can imagine, from punk to blues. Right around the block, you'll find The Strand Ballroom & Theatre, featuring national and international acts from all genres.

Restaurants throughout the city also offer rotating performances on an occasional or regular basis, like country music and theme nights at Moonshine Alley and "Sunday Jazz" at Courtland Club.