Mr. Francis also checked in via email with an official endorsement of the ensuing mayhem:
“People are always reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ when there was more of a local Providence scene. We used to have blowout events at the Met Cafe and Living Room, but then it all kind of fizzled away.
“What we’re basically doing is giving people of RI an opportunity to experience that again with this monthly event. It’s going to be interactive and fun as hell. Our focus is usually hip-hop, but there will be music of all different genres represented as we go.
“Expect the unexpected at the Church of Providence.”
“THE CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE” hosted by B. DOLAN with JUAN DEUCE & FALSIDE + OLNEYVILLE SOUND SYSTEM + MARQ TWAIN + BORN CASUAL & more | Thursday, June 27 @ 8 pm | Fête, 103 Dike St, Providence | 401.383.1112 | fetemusic.com | strangefamousrecords.com
Around these parts, Sean Sbardella is known to most as Meta P, a Barrington-bred rhyme veteran with a fistful of quality releases under his belt (available for free download at metap.bandcamp.com). Last year Sbardella coped with the loss of his 27-year-old twin sister (look up his beautiful tribute track “Dragonfly”) and recently took a full-time job in New Hampshire. But Meta P remains on our radar here, having opened for R.A. the Rugged Man a few weeks back and just dropped “Wolves,” a nasty new single with indie great Apathy and local legend Swann Notty (also one-third of the red-hot THR33 Piece Suit crew). The track has garnered spins on Sirius radio from major players like DJ Premier (holy shit). Meta P has a new project in the works called Poison Man with Mayhem and DJ John Gotem, and rumor has it he will be teaming up with Swann and Milez Grimez for a forthcoming full-length platter; fingers crossed for that dream-team collaboration.
I caught up with Meta P, who often visits from his new Salem, Massachusetts digs.
“The new job is great, but Rhode Island is definitely where my heart is,” Sbardella said. “I miss having my friends down the street, the accents, my mom and my dog. It’s good to be around your family.”
Welcome Meta P back when he rips up the Fête stage next week when he opens for the Geto Boys.
GETO BOYS + META P + ROMEN ROK + JAHPAN + more | Friday, June 28 @ 8 pm | At Fête | metaphysicsmusic.com