On Friday, December 28, SEXCOFFEE will be sharing the big stage at Lupo’s with the GREY SANFORD BAND, BAYLOCK, SCOTTY DON’T, and BADFISH, the Sublime tribute. Call 401.331.LUPO. Also on Friday at 6 pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, SARAH BROOKS AND GRACEFUL SOUL will be having a CD release party. The band, featuring saxman Marcus Monteiro, guitarists Bob Shlink and Jim Robitaille, bassist Bill Miele, and drummer Kenny Hadley, will undoubtedly provide tremendous and funky support. Go to whaling museum.org or call 508.997.0046. On Friday at the Blackstone, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, it’s an official Ugly Sweater Party, highlighted by the inspired double bill of FUNGUS AMUNGUS and SYMMETRY. Doors open at 8 pm and there’s a $7 cover, which includes a free champagne toast, even though it’s not New Year’s Eve. Call 401.726.2181. Chan’s hosts the JAMES MONTGOMERY BLUES BAND on Friday at 8 and 10 pm. Call 401.765.1900. SHARKS COME CRUISIN’ will be at Patrick’s Pub on Friday. It will be an acoustic night with plenty of rowdy singalongs. Stop by, grab some grog, and belt it out with the band. Call 401.751.1553.
At Jake’s on Saturday, it’s BEN PILGRIM AND THE FREE UNION BAND, VON DOOM and SIX STAR GENERAL. Von Doom will be celebrating the release of their debut disc, The Universe. On Saturday at the Mediator, the PROVIDENCE WHOLEBELLIES invite everyone to its ANNUAL STEVE DUBOIS MEMORIAL HOEDOWN & BIRTHDAY CAKE PARADE from 7 to 10 pm. Dubois, a local music legend, died in 2002. He was one of the founding members of the Wholebellies, and his spirit lives on in the band’s music. Incidentally, if your birthday is this winter, bring a cake or the like, and join in the Birthday Cake Parade. Admission is $5 and kids are free (BYOB). Call 401.461.3683.
On Saturday at Cats, New York hardcore icons 25 TA LIFE come to town for a mega-bash with 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE, FLYASH, SUFFERING BASTARD, UPON DECEPTION, CONFRONT, HEAVYSET, and PAT POEKEL. Call 401.722.0150.
Here’s some more good news! Jerky’s is seeking bands for its stage. If you wanna play contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, e-mail me at email@example.com; here’s to a heckuva New Year. We could use one.