What are your thoughts on the local scene?
Rhode Island has a ton of great and talented local bands. [But] the shortage of places to play has definitely contributed to an overall indifference in local music over the past 10 years or so, and there hasn’t really been an escalation in the amount of shows kids are booking at VFW halls and high school auditoriums to make up for that. We’re working with our friends in Penrose, booking shows at alternate venues, playing with locals and bands traveling from nearby states. We want to get kids excited about Rhode Island bands again, and we’re trying to resuscitate the DIY ethic we grew up on and we see in other scenes to try to get kids back out to local shows. It’s nothing a little hard work can’t fix!
The Coming Weak + Ohana + Penrose + Action on the Radio + Us Against The Archers | February 16 | 6 pm | American Legion Hall, 830 Willett Ave, East Providence | $5 | myspace.com/thecomingweak
Long may he run
It seems like fewer cover projects are traveling through town these days. Which makes FOREVER YOUNG, a local all-star tribute to the work of Neil Young, seem fresh and interesting. I saw Forever Young’s first performance, and the results were over-the-top. They were better, I think, than anyone, even the performers, expected. Since that night, they’ve reprised the repertoire in a coffeehouse setting. This time at Lupo’s, the performers are on the big stage and they’re taking full advantage by combining their normally acoustic approach with electricity. Of course, this follows Young’s own acoustic (solo)/electric (Crazy Horse) yin and yang and makes complete sense. Forever Young features MARK CUTLER, BECKY CHACE, JOHN FUZEK, DAN LILLEY, and PETE VENDETTUOLI, with bassist John Amitrano and drummer Phil Hicks. Look for Cutler to pull out a few rare gems, while Fuzek and Chace get the job done on Young’s standards.
Forever Young | February 15 | 8 pm | Lupo’s, 79 Washington St, Providence | $12 | 401.331.5876 | lupos.com
On Friday at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue, Providence, JAN LUBY AND FRANK MARTYN are the marquee performers. Call 401.575.22884. On Saturday, blues/R&B fans can catch DUKE ROBILLARD and his band at Chan’s, 267 Main Street, Woonsocket, at 8 pm ($15) and 10 pm ($10, $18 for both sets). Call 401.765.1900.
HEATHER ROSE & THE DRAMA is looking for a guitarist to fill out their lineup. The band is replacing Ant Mattera, who’d been with them since last summer but has returned to Shryne, his former outfit. But the Drama isn’t slowing down. They’re in the studio and have two gigs next week, on Friday, February 22, with the band at the Blackstone, and Heather solo on the 23rd at Stone Soup with the Low Anthem. To be considered for the role, e-mail info@HeatherRoseAndTheDrama.com or go to HeatherRoseAndTheDrama.com.