Rockin’ ’n’ rulin’

Girls together outrageously in Newport; the Agents; and more
By BOB GULLA  |  September 18, 2007
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UNDERCOVER: Agents Dalomba and Hamel.

Girls Rock & Girls Rule, founded by G-Spot lead singer Gail Silverman, was created five years ago to raise awareness and exposure for independent female artists, while at the same time reaching out to women and girls in each community they visit. Every year since forming, the organization has sent a tour screaming across the country featuring dozens of bands to help build the profile of women whotruly rock. This year’s tour is touted as bigger and better than ever. The East Coast jaunt begins this Saturday and runs more than a week.
 
The Rhody stop is at the Newport Blues Café and features local favorites Beyond Blonde and the Lydia Warren Band plus a bunch of NYC acts, including G-Spot and Loki the Grump.
 
GRGR also gives to the rock community through their partnership with the very cool Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, an NYC-based spot for ages 8 to 18 that will undoubtedly be placing acts on the GRGR tour in a few years.
 
At the Newport GRGR gig there will be a $10 tax-deductible donation that includes raffle tickets for cool prizes and giveaways from Rolling Rock, JVC, and Lunabar. Big props go to Newport’s Burbank Rose B&B for putting up the touring bands while they’re in town.
 
In addition to the live music showcases, a GRGR documentary film is in post-production and scheduled for release in December. It’ll premiere at the GRGR’s sixth anniversary showcase. Fans will have a chance to get a sneak peek at the flick at tour stops throughout the fall.

The 2007 Girls Rock & Girls Rule Tour | September 26 | Newport Blues Café, 286 Thames St, Newport | 7:30pm | 401.841.5510

The return of the agents
Some folks just can’t stay away from the stage. Either that or they’re gluttons for punishment. Whatever the case, the much loved reggae-ska band the Agents are back in the swing of things and working on a new CD, tentatively titled Williamsburg. After a five-year hiatus, Jason Dalomba (guitar, vocals), Dawn Hamel (trumpet), Frank Moniz (tenor sax, guitar, B3), Jay Medieros (bass), and Bob Santagata (drums) are in the studio writing music and playing with long-time friends, such as the Allstonians. Dalomba is encouraged by the band’s new young fan base and has stepped up the pace to take advantage. “It’s great to see new kids interested in our sounds,” said Dalomba. More on the album as details become available.

The Agents + Ghouls Night Out + Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes | September 22 | Jerky’s, 71 Richmond St, Providence | 401.621.2244

Déjà vu mountain
There’s an anything-goes night of mind-bending psychedelia at AS220 on Wednesday, September 26, in what can only be called an international sonic adventure. PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE, a hoary, Prague-based outfit, will be making their only New England appearance. Sharing the bill is Japan’s SUISHOU NO FUNE (“Ship of Crystals”); ALASEHIR, a trio of members from Bardo Pond; and our very own DÉJÀ VU MOUNTAIN, who are releasing new music at the show. It’s a pretty impressive lineup of sonic improv and progressive avant-garde musical goodness designed to slowly undress your brain and make you commit strange and wonderful acts. Admission is $12. Call 401.831.9327 or go to www.as220.org.

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