by Brigid Walshe ’19 A&E Staff
Providence is known as the Creative Capital because of its commitment to the arts, which includes music. As the years have passed, more and more artists have added Providence to their tour schedule, which makes it even easier (and even cheaper) to see your favorite acts. Just this past week, both Mumford & Sons and James Taylor performed at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, where PC students are more used to seeing Coach Cooley and his team than Grammy-winning artists.
Mumford & Sons came to the Dunk as their first stop on the second half of their North American tour with Cat Power, an indie-rock singer from Atlanta, opening. The crowd was filled with people of all ages, who were singing along from start to finish. Mumford & Sons played a mix of old and new songs, pulling from their latest album, Delta, which the group released last November.
The stage was set up in the middle of the floor, and the group had two general admission sections, one on each side of the stage. During the concert, the group switched from side to side. Mumford & Sons also ventured into the crowd multiple times, and they even performed an A cappella version of their song, “Timshel,” from their album, Sigh No More, with all four members standing around the microphone in section 232. It was a completely different concert experience than the group’s previous tours, and the crowd loved it.
The Dunk has hosted a variety of other artists this past year, including Panic! at the Disco and Thomas Rhett. Many more artists are coming in 2019, such as John Mayer, Michael Bublé, Migos & 21 Savage, and Josh Groban.
Another popular, more intimate concert venue in Providence is The Strand, located downtown on Washington Street. The Strand, previously known as Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, has welcomed artists like Bastille, Young the Giant, and Walk The Moon over the past couple of years. The Strand is a great venue for up-and-coming artists, too.
There is something special about seeing your favorite artists play in the same building where all of your school’s home games are played, and even on the same floor that you may have stormed after a certain PC-Villanova game last year. Keep your eye out for upcoming concerts in Providence, because there will be plenty coming in the future, and you do not want to miss out.