The State’s Homiest Music Spot Launches its Spring Season

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Pack your picnic basket, drive down a quiet pastoral road and end up — not at grandmother’s house, but somewhere almost as cozy.

The Common Fence Music series, which takes place at the Common Fence Point hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, is a regional success story. It’s lured well-known local and national artists to the very tip of Aquidneck Island for twenty-four years.

The series has all the elements of a good house concert, but you can bring your own pre-show food and beer without offending the host. By the time a band or musician takes the tiny stage, the audience members, filled to the gills with goods of their own making, are rapt and grateful for the entertainment. The hall, which recently received a renovation grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, is more conducive to listening than crowd surfing. But who really wants to crowd surf to an earnest singer-songwriter in suspenders?  Read more here.

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