Tonight may be the finale of The Voice, but Billy Gilman has reintroduced himself to the world with some of the series’ most spectacular performances. Billy Gilman, who came out publicly in 2014, surprised all four of The Voice judges with a rousing rendition of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” at his audition for the show. Gilman became a massive childhood success with his song “One Voice” in 2000, ultimately becoming the youngest singer to have a Top 40 hit on the country charts.
Tonight, he’ll compete against Sundance Head, Wé McDonald, and Josh Gallagher on NBC.
The Rhode Island native has also brought renewed attention in the New England state, and we’ve got his list of favorite places to visit.
Dining & Nightlife
Billy’s favorite restaurant is owned and operated by two Warwick, R.I. natives, Anthony and Chris Tarro. Authentic Tuscan cuisine — inspired by the small plates found in kitchens and wine bars throughout Italy — combined with a warm, lively atmosphere is what keeps the singer coming back for more.
When looking for a night of dancing out on the town, Billy heads to The Knickerbocker Café. Built in 1933 shortly after the end of Prohibition, The Knickerbocker is a storied music club. The club thrived as one of the leading entertainment centers in southern New England, hosting regional and national blues bands including Big Joe Turner, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Johnny Nicholas, Leon Russell, Eric Burdon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, and Al Copley.
The Stable is a small, gay-friendly cocktail bar with an equestrian theme featuring friendly bartenders, billiards, and the occasional independent live music show. Billy headed here to celebrate the Supreme Court gay marriage decision.
When the winter snow storms blow through R.I., Billy hides out in this cozy coffee shop. Post up from day to night and enjoy an assortment of baked goods, freshly ground coffee, and a list of creative martinis.
Billy is into wine, and frequents Sakonnet Vineyard to sip his favorite local vino. Founded in 1975, Sakonnet Vineyard rests on 150 acres of land, 30 of which have produced award-winning wines for over four decades. Grapes are grown locally, picked by hand, and barrel-aged in French, Hungarian, Russian and American oak.
Billy gets his workout in at Rhode Island’s first and only RealRyder® Indoor Cycling Studio.
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Billy gets his Broadway fix at PPAC, which presents a full roster of touring Broadway theatricals and contemporary engagements. It has been the theatre of choice in launching thirteen National Tours, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I in 2016.
In its 50th year, The Scituate Art Festival is an annual Rhode Island tradition that takes place over Columbus Day weekend in a picturesque New England village. Visitors stroll the beautiful Village Green, taking in some of the most unique varieties of art, craft, sculpture and antiques. Billy attends in support of his aunt, who is a regular exhibitor.
For a day of fun in the sun, find Billy taking in the rays at this classic New England Saltwater Coastal Beach. This 19-acre stretch of beach offers some of the best, cleanest, and accessible beach conditions in New England.