Kind of blue

By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2008

Wandering eye
Tonight (Thursday the 24th) there’s a free show at the Blackstone with THE THEORISTS (Dave Witham’s new alt-rock band and his first show since dissolving Of the Hour), ANDREW BROWN, COASTER THIEVES, and RED ED & THE UNDEAD. For this gig, the Theorists and Andrew Brown will play a combined set. Electrio, an instrumental trio and “bastard studio band” for hire, will be backing Witham/Brown. Incidentally, you should check out Electrio’s label project, Angle Side Side (anglesideside. com) to see what they’re up to. Call 401.726.2181.
 
This weekend two of the area’s best-loved saxophones will be blowing at Chan’s. On Friday, there’s a tribute to composer Antonio Carlos Jobim featuring singer/pianist DEBRA MANN AND DAN MORETTI. Moretti specializes in sizzling Latin jazz, so his renditions of Jobim should be stellar. The gig actually takes place on Jobim’s birthdate, and will guest Dave Zinno on upright bass, Steve Langone on drums, and Ricardo Monzon on percussion. THE GREG ABATE SEXTET hits Woonsocket on Saturday at 8 pm. Joining Abate will be Arnie Krakowsky on tenor sax, Jeff Holmes on trumpet, Kent Hewitt on piano, Todd Baker on bass, and Gary Johnson on drums. Call 401.765.1900.
 
On Saturday, Paul Pasch hosts an open mike night at Stone Soup at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket. Performers wanting to join the fun should arrive 6 pm to put their names in the hat; artists chosen will get three songs or 15 minutes. Tickets are $5. Call 401.921.5115.
 
Also on Saturday, there’s a huge benefit at Jerky’s for owner Jeff Ward, former Baby¬head guy, who has lymphoma. MURPHY’S LAW, DRUNK ROBB AND THE SHOTS, SUPERPOWER (members of Tree), FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, 2 SHEDS JACKSON, ESSENCE OF PAIN, and RHYTHMAFIA will all play. It’s an all-ages show; doors open at 5:30 and admission is $10 before 9 pm and $15 after, with all proceeds going to Jeff. Go to myspace.com/ jerkysbar.

E-mail me at bobgulla@verizon.net.

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