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THE KNICKERBOCKER MUSIC CENTER

35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891 (Misquamicut) | (401) 315-5070

Open Today: Open

Venue Description
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    Monday

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    Tuesday

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    Wednesday

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    Thursday

  • 28

    Friday

    1
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    Saturday

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    Sunday

Live Music (8pm)

DINING: Brand new food menu for Tap Room and adjacent Knickerbocker Music Center.

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Closed Today

Live Music (7:30pm – 10pm)

NIGHTLIFE: Let's Dance Wednesdays. Live Bands from 7:30-10pm. Offering Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Age
21+

Cover
10

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music (8pm)

DINING: Brand new food menu for Tap Room and adjacent Knickerbocker Music Center.

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music

SPECIAL EVENTS: Roberto Morbioli

DINING: The Best Fish and Chips.

NIGHTLIFE: Live Music. National to local acts. Visit www.knickmusic.com for more info.

Hours
1am

Age
21+

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music

SPECIAL EVENTS: Josi Davis & Her Next Bold Move

NIGHTLIFE: Live Music. National to local acts. Visit www.knickmusic.com for more info.

DRINK DEALS: Drink Specials Available.

Hours
1am

Age
21+

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music (8pm)

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Atmosphere
Busy

Special Events

  • 28 July

    Roberto Morbioli -

    Roberto Morbioli has shared the stage with John Mayer, Ronnie Earl and Roomful of Blues. “The blues flow so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy." Nate Dow // Boston Herald “While Morbioli unleashes his hellhounds in front of the stage, you hear all kinds of funk, soul, shuffle, swamp, second line and everything that’s an unabashed, relentless feast for the ears, and other senses." Michael Seiz // Blues News “Roberto's warm and very pleasant voice, his handsome guitar phrasings are also beautifully built arrangements. All modern acoustic blues songs work almost hypnotic. Roberto's guitar skills create to a fascinating atmosphere. The album 'Acoustic Me' is therefore a long and glamorous highlight." (translated) Philip Verhaege // Keys & Chords $10 Cover
  • 29 July

    Josi Davis & Her Next Bold Move -

    Josi Davis has done it again! In her latest incarnation, dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Josi Davis pairs rhythm masters Steven Tavares and Dan Curland (Rock and Soul Revue) with guitar guru Stef Denegre and the chemistry is undeniable. Josi's newest project has been distinctly honed to serve both the groove of the dance floor and the sophisticated audiophile. The sweet new sounds of her work with legendary producer Louis Anthony deLise (Patti LaBelle, William DeVaughn) add great New Philly Soul to a repertoire rich with Rhythm & Blues, Rock, and Motown. Groove and be moved with Josi Davis & Her Next Bold Move. $10 Cover ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 04 August

    Johnny & the East Coast Rockers -

    Where people are swinging in Rhode Island and Connecticut, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers are playing. A premiere Rhythm and Blues dance band in the Northeast for over 28 years, Johnny MacLeod and his band perform original tunes and favorite covers from the 40's, 50's, and 60's in an eclectic mix, that combines elements of traditional blues, swing, jazz, R&B, and roots rock. Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 05 August

    Pat and the Hats -

    Pat and the Hats Heavy hitting pop-rock band based out of Boston Opening with The Strattones About Pat and the Hats: Running with the Dr. Seuss notion that clever rhymes can woo pretty much anybody, Pat & the Hats are conquering the local music scene one swooning fan at a time. Their suave, yet pungent musicianship has caused both their 2014 debut album Fake It ‘Till You Make a Hit and their 2016 self-titled EP to make ample waves in the vast pool of New England music – from accruing numerous local awards, to sharing bills with Bronze Radio Return, Lake Street Dive and Lucius, the band achieves more in a year than some bands hope to in five. As far as credentials go, Pat & the Hats have been recognized by The New England Music Awards (“Best Pop Act 2014”), nominated again by the NEMA ("Best Pop Act 2015") Hippo Press (“Best of 2014”), and New Hampshire Magazine (“Best New Band”), and have been featured on NHPR, WNHN, WTBU, and WJYY. -Victoria Wasylak • Staff Writer, HOWL Magazine • Music Editor, The Buzz About The Strattones: The Strattones, a Rhode Island band bringing you the best covers and originals you didn't know you needed to hear Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 06 August

    Brett Dennen -

    Opening Act Will Evans A note from Brett: This tour is focused on vacation spots with natural water features like beaches, lakes, rivers, bays and of course the ocean. Along with catching a show in the evening, you can join me in the daytime for some activities that combine having fun outdoors with environmental stewardship. For example, we can clean up a beach and then jump in the water to catch some waves or paddle around. I had a blast on the Lift Series tour and can't wait to see what the East Coast has in store for us this summer. About Brett Dennon The red-haired, California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen has come a long way since 2005, when he gave shy, barefoot solo performances around the release of his first album. Now on his sixth, Por Favor, this folk-pop singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Wild Child” has taken the music scene by storm. With a knack for hooky melodies and joyful lyrics, Dennen has made a name for himself, and is “capable of cranking out big, beautiful pop songs…capturing both the ornate and the simple” (NPR). He creates “nimble grooves, creamy choruses, and vocal performances of immediacy and genuine feeling…carefree soulfulness that recalls Van Morrisson” (Paste Magazine). Dennen is also a social activist striving for equality and peace – topics which find their way into his song lyrics along with themes of vulnerability and forgiveness. Visit Website: http://brettdennen.net About Will Evans Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary song writer, drummer, and front man for the roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Will recorded four full length albums and several EP’s of his original music with the band. Their most recent release, “Carry Us On”, debuted at #10 on the iTunes Rock Chart. With Barefoot Truth now on an extended hiatus, Will has opened a new chapter in his musical journey. His first solo release landed him in Entertainment Weekly as being right on target in the “Bullseye Of The Week” and warranted a #4 spot on the Northeast Billboards. Will’s entry into the Guitar Center sponsored “Search For The Next Great American Songwriter” also brought him national attention. Out of over 10,000 entrants, he was chosen as one of the nation’s top ten finalists. In October of 2015, while on a national tour as direct support to Trevor Hall, Will released his sophomore album, “Signal Flares”, and is currently touring in support of the album. With topics such as the album’s opener “Do It For The Love”, and “To Be Human”, it is clear that the singer-songwriter is once again speaking from his heart, advocating his own socially-conscious messages of love and inclusion. In his live performances, Will uses his impressive looping skills to combine his drumming background with his highly energized and entertaining acoustic style. With his powerful new line-up of Multi-Instrumentalists Will Evans and Rising Tide are poised to climb back to the top of the Northeast Roots music scene. Will has shared the stage with many top artists including Crosby and Nash, Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby, Rusted Root, Trevor Hall, Donavon Frankenreiter, Railroad Earth and members of Dispatch to name a few. Socials: https://www.facebook.com/willevansmusic https://www.instagram.com/willevansmusic/ https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaWillEvans http://www.willevans.com Show: 8p | Doors: 7p | All ages General Admission Show; limited seating – First-come, first-served. Tickets: $25 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 10 August

    Brian Chartrand (of The Sweet Remains) -

    Brian Chartrand (of The Sweet Remains) Playing in the Tap Room Show Time 8pm | Free | 21+ Visit website: http://www.brianchartrand.com Internationally touring singer/songwriter Brian Chartrand has called Phoenix home for 14 years. Currently, he performs as a soloist and has three main group projects: The Sweet Remains, The Voce Project, and Live from Laurel Canyon. The Sweet Remains(12+million listens on Spotify) is a critically acclaimed trio of songwriters, including Rich Price and Greg Naughton, who write and record original folk rock and tour throughout the States and Europe. Released in Sept 2015, their third studio album Night Songs continues the tradition of mellow acoustic folk pop with loads of three part harmony. The Voce Project is Brian’s six piece Phoenix based band. Performing Brian’s original work, this band is comprised of some of the best musicians in Arizona. With three albums [“The Voce Project” 2010 “Worth The Fight” 2014 “Live at the MIM Theater” 2015] this band is just starting to hit its stride locally.The Voce Project sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Steely Dan. Live from Laurel Canyon is a production show that Brian researched and wrote that highlights the music and artists who lived in Laurel Canyon (Hollywood, CA) between 1965 and 1975. Performed with the help of Brian’s Voce Project and two additional singers (Khani Cole and Kip Fox), this show tells the tale of some of the most influential singer/songwriters of that time and helps show how ‘folk rock’ began in this small canyon community. As an independent artist Brian has released over 15albums of original music, performed throughout the US and Europe, and placed compositions in advertisements and indie films. In Phoenix, he has performed on some of the areas biggest and best stages including: The MIM Music Theater,The Celebrity Theater, Ashley Home Furniture Pavilion, Chandler Center for the Arts, P.F. Chang Rock & Roll Marathon, and McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
  • 11 August

    Fruition -

    OPENING ACT TBA Stream "Labor of Love" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8vpJyXxk3g About Fruition: The first time they ever made music together, Fruition’s three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop. On their new album Labor of Love, Fruition shows the complete force of their newly expanded sound, matching their more daring musicality with sophisticated, melody-minded song craft. The album subtly imparts the sense of being swept along on a journey, one reflecting an open-hearted spirit that sets in from the first notes of the dobro, mandolin and electric guitar driven title track, carries on to the sleepy soul of “Santa Fe,” and unfolds into the epic balladry of “The Meaning.” “A common theme for all three songwriters is trying to embrace being out on the road all the time, but also feeling like you’re missing out on the everyday lifestyle that most people get to have,” says Leonard. Embedded within that tension is a wistful romanticism that imbues many of the album’s songs. “Most of the love songs are very much about those rare moments of getting to be with the people you love,” says Anderson. “And then other songs are about coming back to the people you love, and trying to deal with the strange ways things change because of being apart.” After releasing their debut EP Hawthorne Hoedown in 2008, Fruition moved from busking on the street, to scraping their way onto the lower levels of festival lineups, to opening tours for bands like ALO and Greensky Bluegrass and onward, to being invited to play bigger festivals with ever bigger billing on those lineups. Last year saw them appear at Bonnaroo, Northwest String Summit and Telluride Bluegrass where Rolling Stone cited their artful choice of covers and “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy.” This year will see them share a Red Rocks bill with JJ Grey and Mofro and The Infamous Stringdusters, along with a full headline tour of the United States. That breadth of touring experience has steadily reshaped the band and ultimately allowed them to achieve a sound they’ve long aspired toward. “We all tend to write on acoustic guitar and let things start in the same stripped-down, folky sort of way that we always did,” says Naja. “So where the songs come from hasn’t really changed much at all. What’s different is where we let them go from there." Visit Website: http://www.fruitionband.com Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 18 August

    Rowan Brothers -

    Acoustic roots/Americana/Classic Rock with a mix of Bluegrass, tight harmonies and haunting melodies on guitar and mandolin featuring an eclectic mix with a sound of modern day Everly Brothers meets the Beatles, Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young,a splash of Bluegrass and more. Lorin’s song ‘Soldier of the Cross’is the title track of country artist Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy winning CD. International touring as a duo as well as with brother Peter Rowan and recordings include several albums/cds ;’Rowan Brothers’, ‘The Rowans’ ‘Sibling Rivalry’, ‘Jubilation’, ’Tree on a Hill’& ‘Crazy People’. Chris & Lorin’s most recent CD is Anthology ‘Now & Then’. Originally signed by Clive Davis/Columbia Records and later with David Geffen/Asylum label. Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 19 August

    The Hoolios -

    The Hoolios are steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico: Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco. Veteran singer / keyboardist Mike Derry shares the vocals with a scathing R&B style that leaves the audience spellbound. Folk sensibility, Contemporary Themes, Gulf rhythms and serious musicians who cross traditional genres with jam band energy a la Donna the Buffalo to make music that is irresistible to dancers but equally compelling for those who listen with serious music appreciation in mind. Launched from the Gulf of Connecticut's roadhouses, the Hoolios have graced big stages from the respected Eugene O'Neil Theater Center to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun and the legendary Johnny Ds in Somerville, MA, and of course this return to Gulf of Connecticut's live roots capitol, the Knickerbocker Cafe. Tickets: $10 Cover ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 26 August

    Shiny Lapel Trio -

    The Shiny Lapel Trio is a tiny little band with a great big sound! Keeping it simple with just three rockin' instruments, and a big ol' slice of velvety smooth vocals, these guys tear up a dance floor like a carpenter late for lunch. Whether they're rippin' thru a classic Louis Prima standard, or makin' ya cry with a Nat King Cole ballad, the instruments grind along full throttle while the vocals float across the top as thick as a layer of gritty bar room smoke. Oh, they schwing baby and it ain't for the faint at heart! If you need another boring top 40 cover band, there are plenty to be found, but if you want a band that'll make your feet hurt from dancing and your voice hoarse from singing along, then you need to see what the Shiny Lapels are all about: Pure, sweaty, sinful swingin' fun! Tickets: $10 door ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 31 August

    Knickerbocker All Stars -

    Rhythm & Roots Festival Pre-Show Party featuring The Knickerbocker All-Stars The Knickerbocker All Stars are a group of extremely talented blues musicians who have been in the business for decades. Members of the band have played with such notable performers as Freddie King, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues as well as their own bands. Sunday nights at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI featured the Roomful of Blues in the 1970’s and early 80’s. It quickly became the hottest social event in the area. Duke Robillard, the legendary blues guitarist and leader of the Roomful, would invite many up and coming musicians on stage to get their licks in as well as featured artists, the list of which is too long to mention. Every song on their CD was carefully selected to emulate the great blues front-men, backed by a full horn section with bluesy and boogie woogie piano. The band includes blues heroes Brian Templeton, Curtis Saglado, John Nicholas, Sugar Ray Norcia, Malford Milligan, Dave Maxwell, Al Copley, Rich Lataille, Monster Mike Welch, and more! If you play their songs loud enough and close your eyes you can envision the band blasting away while dancers on the floor twist, swing, jitterbug and slow dance real tight. All of this is what was and still is the hallmark of the Knickerbocker Café. The songs are characteristic of the ones played in the heyday of the Knick, first done by early Roomful influences Bobby Bland, Freddie King, Guitar Slim, Cleanhead Vinson, and many others, and this crew reanimates them with authority. The excitement is freshly minted, and there are new songs which could have been done by Louis Jordan and Albert King. What better place than this to celebrate a robust yet undervalued American musical genre? It may have started years ago, but its spirit is timeless, and it's found a home at the Knick. Tickets: $15 Festival volunteers are $5 at the door. ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 02 September

    Pear Duo -

    Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins are PEAR DUO A piano vocal duo They spent decades performing with The Moody Blues, Sheena Easton, American Idol, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sergio Mendes, the Pointer Sisters, Ray Charles and more… Now Experience the new show BACKSTAGE PASS. Songs you know with a fresh new twist, and stories of crazy times on the road. From Adele to Patsy Cline, Stevie Wonder to the Great American songbook. PEAR DUO performs songs that defined a generation (or two) and share stories of the decades they spent on tour. “Julie Has a voice that moved me from the very first moment I heard her sing. Her natural intonation, musical intuition and instincts are rare and beautiful. It's a privilege and a joy for me to sing with her. I'm a fan.” — Justin Hayward, the Moody Blues “I can't believe how much music comes out of just two people!” — Dana Bronson - BMP Music Contracting Los Angeles Tickets: $20 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 06 September

    Mystic Horns -

    LET'S DANCE WEDNESDAYS! Blues/R&B Offering Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Doors open at 6:30p. Music from 7:30-10p $10 Cover
  • 11 November

    Ari Hest -

    About Ari Hest: I've been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years. What started out as an occasional creative outlet is now my way of life. Growing up just outside New York City, I began playing guitar in the hallways of my high school, learning the songs of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins, and Dave Matthews Band. I graduated, went to college for a communications degree, and finished feeling way more inclined to make music than anything else, so I hit the road. In these past 15 years, I've played in every state in the U.S. and toured extensively throughout Europe. I've had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians wherever I've gone. I just released my ninth LP, Natural, and I've also released three solo EPs as well as a song-a-week project of 2008 called "52". I also am in three bands that have recorded albums over the past few years -The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland, and most recently a duets album with Judy Collins called Silver Skies Blue, which was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Folk Album" of 2017. Sometimes my music is heard on TV or in movies - The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few. I also scored music for a film called Dreamriders, a documentary which won several independent film awards. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It's good for my soul, and I love knowing that what i create can have a real impact on people. Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)

Hours

Sunday: Open

Monday: Open

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Open

Thursday: Open

Friday: 1am

Saturday: 1am

About

Scenes: Dance Venue, Live Music, Club, Restaurant, Bar

Cuisines: American, Burgers, Pizza, Seafood

Music: Blues, Live Bands, Rock

Crowd: 21+, Casual Crowd, Locals

Best Food: Burgers / Sliders, Salads

Best Drinks: Beer Selection, Martinis

Dancing: Always

Highlights: Dancing, Drink Deals, Live Performances

Avg. Entree: $10 - $15

Details

Capacity: 250

Dress Code: Casual

Parking: Plenty of Street Parking

TVs: TV's only in the Tap Room

Other Features Include: Beer Selection, Catering, Seating, Takeout, Dance Floors, Gift Cards

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