Raising the bar

By BOB GULLA  |  January 16, 2008

Wandering eye
On Friday, January 18, at Cats in Pawtucket, it’s NOCTURNAL SUN’s 10th year show with TUNG, GROW YOUR OWN BUTTERFLIES, MIKE G & ASSOCIATES, SOWERS OF DISCHORD, and WHALEBONE JACKSON all rockin’ the house for a 21-plus crowd. Call 401.722.0150. For quieter tastes on Friday, the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, presents DAN LILLEY AND SCATMAN headlining with IAN FITZGERALD and HOWIE NEWMAN. Call 401.575.2284.
CHARLES THEODORE, CHRIS VOLPE, ALLYSEN CALLERY, CADENCE GREEN, and THE PROVIDENCE FOLK ORCHESTRA all play on Saturday, January 19, at the Blackstone in Pawtucket. It’s only $3 to get in and you get a lot of really interesting acoustic music. The Providence Folk Orchestra, with Adam Souza, Steve Jobe, and Dan Wood, is particularly interesting in a free improv sort of way. Call 401.726.2181.
SHARKS COME CRUISIN’s next port of call will be at Jake’s on Saturday with BARN BURNING and FANCY TRASH. Call 401.453.5253. The Blackstone River Theatre celebrates the release of PAUL GEREMIA’s new DVD on Saturday. Admission is $12. For reservations call 401.725.9272 or go to riverfolk.org.

Grammy winner BILL HARLEY will perform at Stone Soup on Saturday at 8 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. Incidentally, throughout January, Stone Soup is conducting an underwear drive (new, in the package), for the Shelter at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Concertgoers who donate new socks and underwear (for men or women) will receive a free snack and hot drink at that evening’s show. Call 401.921.5115.

On Monday, January 21, there’s a big show at Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket, featuring the large and brutal chords of JUCIFER, along with more of the same from SUFFERING BASTARD, LOLITA BLACK, and CUTPURSE. The show’s $7 and gets underway at 9 pm sharp. Call 401.475.2655.

Lastly, we wanted to say our official goodbye to Jeffrey Alexander and Miriam Goldberg as they head to Pittsburgh. Jeffrey’s done the local music scene a tremendous service in his capacity as open-minded booker of AS220, in particular his incredible curating of Terrastock 6 back in the spring of ’06. We will also miss the local contributions of their band, Black Forest/Black Sea. We wish you both well.  

E-mail me with music news at bobgulla@verizon.net.

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