One of the first things that I noticed when I arrived at the Narragansett Café was that in this idyllic waterfront town, Jamestown Rhode Island, of beautiful streets lined with trees and shops. Something you never really know before going to a new venue is what the area will be like let alone the real world experience versus the online best pictures only posted kind of world.
I can promise you that in this case it is truly a lovely location. With easy street parking and on a rocking Sunday afternoon you’ll enjoy great Blues from local and nationally touring bands, all with no cover. Great drinks and food are available. The place can be standing room only when the tables are full. Which is a testament to the quality of music they bring into the town that helps keep the Blues alive and well, and they are making it exceptionally accessible for everyone!
I suggest you get there early and settle in for a fantastic afternoon!
The seating is well sight lined for most of the location, there are a couple of areas towards the back corner which will leave you with an obstructed view, BUT, you’ll still hear the music clearly and see the same caliber of service and enjoy clear sound that is well balanced.
The sound throughout the venue is even and powerful. It is maintained at a level that is clear and not overpowering but is still well and truly enough to play over the din of a crowd ready to party. The vocals are clear and projected to be heard easily and in balance with the bands. The band stand out and bring in a tone to fill the room that is a pleasure to take in.
It’s a bit of a drive for me from home but its well worth the trip. (About 100 minutes or so for me.)
You can catch numerous artists that would are also charging ticket prices at many venues. Artists such as the Delta Generators, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Superchief Trio, Chris Stovall Brown, Diane Blue (who also tours with the amazing Ronnie Earl!), Neal and the Vipers, Robin Ford, Ryan Hart and The Blue Hearts, Jeff Pitchell, Roberto Morbioli, Anthony Geraci and The Boston Blues Allstars, and so many more! And you can see and enjoy these myriad artists with no cover, no ticket, just come and enjoy! (As of this writing the street parking is free on Sundays.)
After a few visits I am confident in saying that the staff are consistently attentive and friendly, the venue is clean and warmly inviting, and that they attract some fantastic local and national talent.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon to wipe away those end of weekend blues, than head on over to the Narragansett Café! Sign up for their email list and you’ll get the updates of the weekend regularly and quickly. I work to try to make sure I get them on the calendar here as well, but it’s always great to make that contact knowing you won’t be bombarded with emails, but instead a weekly and useful message to help you plan that weekend!
*This review was not solicited by the musicians or venue.
**Many of the photos were found from Google (because my hard drive with most of mine crashed), If any belong to you and you would like them removed, please reach out and let me know!