On Friday, November 16, “PROVIDENCE BAND-AID: A BENEFIT FOR ALEX SVOBODA” happens at Machines with Magnets. You might recall that Svoboda was the victim of a recent highly publicized bout of police brutality, and the music community has rallied to her cause. The benefit, featuring OLNEYVILLE SOUND SYSTEM, DROPDEAD, CHINESE STARS, SWEETTHIEVES, FOURHORSE, CUTPURSE, LOLITA BLACK, TINSELTEETH, SUFFERING BASTARD, MEGASUS, and Alex’s own band, HIGH PLAINS THUNDER, will help defray some of her enormous hospital and legal expenses. Machines with Magnets is at 400 Main Street in Pawtucket. Doors open at 6:30 and the show is at 7. Call 401.475.2655.
On Friday at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, catch locals HEATHER ROSE and JEN MURDZA, along with a set from MICHAEL SCHOEN from NYC. The show is free (but fill the hat) and runs from 8 to 10 pm. Call 401.575.2284 for details. On Friday at the Blackstone River Theater it’s “AN EVENING OF OCEAN STATE SONGWRITERS,” a night of acoustic singer/songwriters from RISA performing in the round. ANNA'S HOUSE, CORINNE WAHLBERG, and FRANK ROMANELLI join forces for the first set, while MARK CUTLER, DAN LILLEY, and JAKE HALLER comprise round two. Admission is $10. On Saturday, ROOMFUL OF BLUES and its dance-happy minions invade the Blackstone River Theatre at 8 pm. Admission is $20 and reservations are recommended, as this is a smallish room, by Roomful’s standards. Call the BRT at 401.725.9272 or visit riverfolk.org for instructions on how to proceed.
SPANISH DANCER AND THE PRIMES play at Decibel Live on Tuesday, November 20. Spanish Dancer’s Anthony Ferreira just released a fantastically glitzy dance-pop track, “The Hustler,” with a couple of remixes, and its B-side, “Break Bread, Move Grams, Keep It Basic” sounds like a velvet collision between “Let’s Go To Bed” era Cure and early ’80s New Wave, though he was probably in diapers when that shit went down. More info at luminalrecords.com.
THE CHASERS, a surf rock band outta South County, will play the Ocean Mist on Wednesday, November 21, with an opening set by Josie Crosby’s new band, SIGNS OF LIFE. Music starts at 10 pm and there’s a $5 cover. Call 401.782.3740.
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