WESTERLY — The summer music scene is upon us, and from the beaches to the bars to the meadows; from jazz to blues to classical, and from folk to rock to Reggae, the choices for enjoying free and ticketed concerts are varied and plentiful. (Make sure to check the Nightlife listings on page D3 for a full listing of all local concerts.)
Monday, July 8, is the beginning of Westerly's Tunes in the Dunes series which includes Monday Night Jamz and Wednesday's ever-popular Blues on the Beach. The Monday night music series will kick off on July 8 with Green Tea, followed by Satinwood: The Legendary Song Series on July 15; John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band on July 22; David Tessier's All-Star Band of All Stars on July 29; Brothers of the Road Band-Allman Brothers Tribute on Aug. 5 and will end on Aug. 12 with Will Evans and Rising Tide. (Visit bluesonthebeachri.com for updates.)
On Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Watch Hill Sunset series continues with Jake Kulak and the Lowdown, followed by King's Highway on July 23, the Bagboys on Aug. 6 and closes on Aug. 20 with Award-winning trio Atwater-Donnelly.
Blues on the Beach begins July 10 with Bobby Christina and Friends, continues on July 17 with Johnny Nicholas and his Texas all-Stars with Greg Piccolo and is followed by The Blues Beatles on July 24; Al Copley on July 31; the Duke Robillard Band on Aug. 7 and Ed Peabody and The Big Blue Thang on Aug. 14. (Visit bluesonthebeachri.com for updates.)
This Sunday, songwriter and frontman of the alternative rock band Wild Sun, Glenn Kendzia, in his first appearance since his return (for the summer) from Nashville, will perform at Perks & Corks on High Street. Next up at Perks will be John Speziale & Friendon July 10; Phil Smith and Dave Schena on July 11; The Kozmik Katz on July 12 and Cross Rhodes Blues on July 13. (Visit perksandcorks.com/calendar for full schedule.)
As always, the Knickerbocker Music Center has an eclectic, full summer schedule. Johnny and the East Coast Rockers plays this Friday; Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones with their Tribute 2 Prince play Friday, July 12; Haunt the House on July 18 and Billy Gilman on July 19. On July 25, in association with Newport Folk, Cedric Burnside, who was nominated for the Best Traditional Blues album at the 61st Grammy Awards, will perform. Visit knickmusic.com for a full schedule and ticket information.
On Friday, July 19, LETTUCE, the genre-defying funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-art-rock-experimental-avant-garde music titans who just released their sixth studio album, "Elevate," in June will headline Paddy's Beach Club. Tickets are $41. Visit paddysbeach.com for a full schedule.