Then and now

By BOB GULLA  |  February 6, 2008

Laissez le bon ton roulez!
There are a couple of Mardi Gras celebrations you bead-happy revelers might wanna check out. On Friday, it’s THECHILI BROTHERS comin’ at ya with their Crescent City funk at Peeptoad Coffeehouse at the North Foster Baptist Church, 81 East Killingly Road, Foster, at 8 pm. Hit for more information. The Chili Brothers features Tony Medeiros (guitar and vocals), Joe Potenza (bass and vocals), Bruce Mattson (piano, Hammond B3, and vocals), Greg Takemoto (alto sax), and Dan Hann (drums and percussion).
On Saturday at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, it’s THE SUPERCHIEF TRIO bringing their own inimitable brand of New Orleans party tunes. Call 401.726.2181. On Sunday afternoon, the DIXIE DIEHARDS JAZZ BAND featuring guest MARIA VENTURA will hit the stage. PHX readers will know Ventura from her solo material and her female vox award last year. She’s 16 now, and flexing her musical muscles, apparently, with a little jazzercising. Call 401.725.9272.

Wandering eye
On Friday, February 8, CHINESE STARS, AWESOME BROTHERS, and THE BLACK CLOUDS rock Firehouse 13, 41 Central Street, Providence. Call 401.270.1801. GRAVITY WORKS has been off for a while, but they’ve reactivated things with new drummer stud Joe Jannerelli from Fungus Amungus. They’ll play on Friday in the opening slot for the still-cookin’ FUNGUS AMUNGUS at the Living Room. The show starts at 9 pm. Call 401.521.5200.
There’s a lot happening at the Liberty Elm Diner, 777 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, this weekend. It starts Saturday with the latest rendition of “Your Roots Are Showing.” This month it’s MIKE MACDONALD & THE WIDOW MAKERS, CASSAVETTES, and host band LUCKY 57. Doors open at 8 pm and music kicks off at 9 pm. Seating is limited. On Sunday morning, PHIL EDMONDS, OTIS READ, AND JIM TULL bring their eclectic sounds to the breakfast club in the 11 am to 1 pm slot. While you’re at the diner, pay special attention to the walls. They’re hosting the best shots from the Providence Preservation Society's “Most Endangered Properties Photography Show” through the end of the month. Call 401.467.0777.

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