Boston music news: July 28, 2006

Notes on Rock 'n' Roll Dating and Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 24, 2006

Static of the Gods
Do eight-minute dating round-robins make you cringe? Not just at the concept but at the desperate corporate clientele? “I participated in one. I almost threw up,” says Nikki DiCredico, who handles promotions at Harpers Ferry. (She’s in a relationship now.) Local promoter Rick Savoie came up with a more musically friendly twist on the idea. He started his “ROCK ’N’ ROLL DATING” a year ago, and he brings his third event to Harpers Ferry next Thursday, August 3, from 5:30 to 9 pm. For $12 you get six 20-to-25-minute “dates” in a rock environment. “We set up people based on musical preference and age range,” says Savoie, who requires participants to pre-register. Performing between dating sessions, local bands ALCHEMILLA, STATIC OF THE GODS, and the SHILLS have all promised to play at a moderate volume so chat can continue. Pre-register at

If you’re young and black, the assumption is you’re into hip-hop; if you’re middle-aged and black, maybe it’s funk or soul; if you’re rockin’ on the back porch and black, it must be Chicago blues. Whither black rock? In the ghetto. That topic is explored in depth with Berklee College of Music professor Larry Watson and filmmaker Raymond Gayle, who’ll be at the Wentworth Institute’s Annex Auditorium at 550 Parker Street in Boston this Saturday, July 29, at 4 pm for a screening of Gayle’s documentary ELECTRIC PURGATORY: THE FATE OF THE BLACK ROCKER, after which they’ll moderate a discussion. The film looks at black rockers — Fishbone, Vernon Reid, Adam Falcon, among others — and the tough times they face in the music industry and from fellow black musicians.

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