Is Johnny Lingo Providence’s own Ben Folds? By the sound of his new disc, Shake It Off, yeah, pretty much. Lingo is a talented, rhythmic pianist with pointed, personal lyrics and quirky, melodic hooks. Lingo, formerly of the acclaimed dance rockers the Lingo, boasts a fresh sound on tunes that are frank and evocative, with skilled accompaniment by members of Neo Nouveau and Zox. You can catch his act at f.y.e at Warwick Mall, where he’s performing today (the 4th) at the last installment of the “Play Warwick” series. Winners get a 12-song recording deal with Whitenoise Records, including recording, mixing, mastering, and production.
On Saturday, Howland Place, 651 Orchard Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is hosting GLOBAL BEAT. The show begins at 8 pm with GLOBAL INFUSION’s Afro-Cuban jazz and fiery flamenco. Next up is Latin jazz master CARLOS DE LEON, and SANTA MAMBA, with their fusion of Latino rock and dance. There will be a full cash bar available and a huge dance floor. Admission is $25 and parking is free . Go to myspace.com/trizstudio.
TIM TAYLOR AND MIKE DINALLO will be teaming for some lowdown blues at Box Seats in Woonsocket on Saturday. Call 401.762.0900. To help ring in the holiday weekend, there’s an outdoor party at Eddie’s 529 in Warwick on Sunday, with JERI & THE JEEPSTERS, DAN LILLEY & LOVETRAIN, and Mark Cutler and his blockbuster side project, THE MEN OF GREAT COURAGE. Call 401.941.9423. At Jake’s on Sunday, it’s THE JESSE MINUTE and special guests from Boston THE RADIO KNIVES. Jake’s will host a rare Monday show with DEER TICK. Call 401.453.5253. On Sunday from 4 to 7 pm, THE PROVIDENCE WHOLEBELLIES will find dancing-fiddle nirvana at Seven Arrows Herb Farm on Oakhill Avenue in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Another cool show goes down on Monday at AS220 with WIZZARDZ (a Lightning Bolt side project), XERXES (whacked free-rock), A TROOP OF ECHOES (South County psyche proggers), and UGH GOD (from Philadelphia). Admission is $5. Call 401.831.9327.
File under something to look forward to: THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS hit the Newport Blues Café next Thursday (the 11th) with local openers JOSH BARBER & SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING. Call 401.841.5510. Barber and his blues boys will also play on Friday (the 5th) at the Narragansett Café in Jamestown. Cal 401.423.2150.
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