Night moves

Got live if you want it!
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 14, 2011

SIMPLY DIVINE Deer Tick will measure up at the Met Café on October 12 and 13.

Wow — a ton of worthwhile (and wallet-friendly) local live shows are lined up through Thanksgiving, so plan ahead and mark your calendar for these great gigs.

An end-of-summer poolside bash with ROOMFUL OF BLUES? Count us in. Head up to Effin's Last Resort (325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, 401.349.3500, early on September 25 and rock out with the renowned kingpins (44 years strong!) of jump-blues, jazz, and swing.

We were continually plugging and talking up 75orLess Records long before they cleaned up in our 2011 Best Music Poll (taking top honors in a whopping nine of the 16 categories — the people have spoken!), and with good reason. Some of the best live bands in Rhode Island have ties to the Warren-based imprint, with a roster ranging from Mark Cutler to Baylies Band. Coma Coma's Chateau Rex remains in regular rotation around here, and any time the Jesse Minute, the Doll Eyes, or the diePods are on the bill, get ready for a good night out. The label hosts a showcase just about every weekend, from Bristol's Common Pub to the Apartment, and the majority of shows are 100 percent free of charge. Punch up for the full, ever-expanding show schedule.

Speaking of the Apartment (373 Richmond Street, Providence, 401.228.7222,, general manager John Massed has the former Jake's location jumping with weekly shows on the cheap (and a serious brew list) — be sure to stop by on October 1 for a resoundingly eclectic lineup benefiting breast cancer research, as Tony Jones & the Cretin 3 headline BOOBSTOCK III, along with local faves like Sugar Honey Iced Tea, Miss Wensday, Big Jon Tierney, singer/songwriter Daniel Chase, alt-rock newcomers Sienna, and more. And attention ol-skool/indie rap cats — head there every Thursday night for the Hip-Hop House Party hosted by DJ Sterbyrock, complete with drink specials and no cover charge.

The PVD Social Club (71 Richmond Street, Providence, 401.454.7177), aka "the place where Jerky's usedta be," will host a weekly 18-plus hip-hop series called the Bridge, hosted by local cats CHACHI CARVALHO and CR THE BEAST. Get in on the open mic signups and check out performances from some of the area's finest. We caught up with Big Chach for the official scoop:

"The Bridge is a movement created to reunify the once prosperous hip-hop community in and around Providence. We hope to bridge the gap between age, genre, and location by offering a safe and friendly environment for artists of all types to express themselves."

Fête is a new multi-room club (the Ballroom, Lounge, and Bistro) in the heart of Olneyville (103 Dike Street,, 401.383.1112), and will host the next edition of CHANTUESE, the highly-successful showcase featuring dynamic female artists from around the region and beyond, curated by Jess Powers. The October 1 edition will feature Canadian singer/songwriter Ember Swift, and Brooklyn-based singer/keyboardist Rachel Sage. And Nils Lofgren will dazzle you with his fretwork on October 22.

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