DJ Dox Ellis in the building(s)!
On FRIDAY (the 20th) DJsTy Jesso, Studs Jerkel, and more spin soul and funk at Dusk (21+, 401.714.0444), while over the bridge(s) in Newport it’s The Silks and Four Point Restraints opening for Portland, OR crew Quiet Life ($8, 401.846.5121); and the Bucket Brewery’s Sound Check series continues (1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 6 pm, 401.305.0597) with the Ukulele Armada. A busy DJ Dox Ellis spins real-deal hip-hop at Aurora (formerly Roots Café, 401.272.5722) on Friday, followed by a set at Local 121 (401.274.2121) on SATURDAY (the 21st). Other first-day-of-summer highlights include Allysen Callery headlining at the Sandywoods Center For the Arts with Ryan Lee Crosby and Lys Guillorn ($15, 401.241.7349); Steve Smith & the Nakeds go wild at the Narragansett Café (free, 401.423.2150); and pop-ska legends The English Beat return to Manchester 65 in West Warwick with Oshun Roots and a Bad Larry reunion. On SUNDAY (the 22nd), spend the afternoon with Wild Sun at Paddy’s in Misquamicut (401.596.2610). On TUESDAY (the 24th), Tor Johnson Records presents a loud one at Machine With Magnets featuring Raindance, Neon Bitches, Lyra, and Polst; ($7, 401.475.2655). Ahead to WEDNESDAY (the 25th), AS220 has Tapestries, What Moon Things, and The Trance ($6, 401.831.9327); or head to the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly (401.315.5070) and hit the dance floor with Johnny & the East Coast Rockers. And next THURSDAY (the 26th), Strange Famous Records congregates at Fête (401.383.1112) once again for the special one-year anniversary of their “Church of Providence” series, led by the red-hotRice Cakes along with Denver’s Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ceschi, locals Ravi Shavi and DirtyDurdie, and NYC’s Moon Tooth, plus the wrestling ring, freestyle cash battle, and assorted mayhem — all for just $10.