The 5 Best February Concerts in Providence

The start of 2022 has been precarious for live music, with the omicron variant and freezing weather. But plenty of big shows will take place around Providence in February, with local and national tours taking the stage in various venues.

Here’s a look at five live musical extravaganzas that will bring some warmth to a cold and windy February.

Grunge pop duo Fine will be part of a five-band lineup in Askew on February 5.

Fine / Heather Rose In Clover / Breachway / Beauquet / Natalie Blue

Or: Askew, 150 Chestnut St.

When: February 5, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $10 (18 and over)

Information: askewprov.com

The stacked local shows are part of what makes Providence’s music scene so great, and this one is a prime example. Singer-songwriter Natalie Blue will kick off the evening, with dream pop trio Beauquet, indie rock collective Breachway, alternative rock staples Heather Rose In Clover and grunge pop duo Fine rounding out the line-up. This is the perfect time for anyone seeking 90s nostalgia while looking to immerse themselves in contemporary and modern music.

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Waxahatchee will perform February 9 at the Columbus Theater.

Waxahatchee

Or: Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway

When: February 9, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29 (all ages)

Information: columbustheatre.com

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Katie Crutchfield, nicknamed Waxachatchee, presents an honest brand of indie rock that mixes folk, alternative rock and country. This can be seen in his latest album, “Saint Cloud”, released via Merge Records in March 2020, a self-reflective piece about his decision to get sober. Singer-songwriter Madi Diaz will kick off the show for what should be a memorable experience.

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Minibeast will perform at Dusk on February 11 as part of a double bill with the Royal Arctic Institute.

Minibeast and Royal Arctic Institute

Or: Dusk, 301 Harris Ave.

When: February 11, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 (18 and over)

Information: Twilight Facebook page

For anyone who likes abstract and bizarre music, this concert is perfect for you. Led by Peter Prescott of Boston post-punk legends Mission Of Burma, Minibeast is a noise rock number that incorporates afrobeat beats courtesy of drummer Keith Seidel and bassist Niels LaWhite. The Royal Arctic Institute is a post-jazz instrumental quartet from New York, and their latest album, “Sodium Light”, released in 2020, is excellent. Be sure to arrive on time, as this is a premier show, and then stick around for Soul Power, hosted by DJs Ty Jesso and John O’Leary spinning the best of garage rock, soul, old-school R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Hip-hop artist Jesse Ramos, known professionally as Jesse The Tree, will be part of a triple bill with The Z-Boys and Crooked Coast at The Parlor on February 12.

The Z-Boys / Crooked Coast / Jesse the Tree

Or: The Living Room, 1119 North Main St.

When: February 12, 9 p.m.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door (21 and over)

Information: The Facebook page of the Parlor(401) 383-5858

There’s nothing like a hard-hitting show on a Saturday night in Providence, and this one has a lot going for it. Cape Cod alternative rock band Crooked Coast will headline the evening, with Newport surf-rock shredders The Z-Boys and local hip-hop rhyme singer Jesse The Tree rounding out a lineup stellar. Expect a party atmosphere and lots of fun.

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Rapper Dave East will perform on February 25 at The Strand Ballroom.

Dave East

Or: The Strand Ballroom, 79 Washington St.

When: February 25, 9 p.m.

Tickets: $30 (18 and over)

Information: thestrandri.com(401) 618-8900

One of the current bright faces of New York hip-hop, Harlem’s Dave East, has been riding a wave of popularity since his eighth mixtape, “Black Rose,” signed him to Nas’ label, Mass Appeal. Records, in 2014. Since then, he has worked with Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Jeezy while portraying Method Man on the Hulu streaming series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” in 2019. Boston street rapper Millyz will open things, and there will be opportunities to meet the two artists before the show.

For COVID safety, all shows require proof of full vaccination prior to entry, and mask wearing is encouraged unless actively eating or drinking.