Yesterday once more

By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2008

Talent show
The Tazza Caffe kicks off an original music competition on Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 10 pm, with an open call for the first three weeks. The contest will run for 11 Sundays; the winner will receive $2000 and have their song featured in a new film by Michael Corrente.
Any style or genre of music is permitted, but you can’t use effects or amplification (drums will be introduced in Round 5). What they’re really looking for are songs, so bring your best tunes. There is a $5 fee each night of the competition and the winner will be announced on May 17. There are a bunch of other rules you should know if you plan to compete, all of which are listed at

Rip, Big Jay swift
The local pop culture fraternity took a huge hit a few weeks back when Jason “Big Jay” Swift was shot and killed by Pawtucket police. The details remain sketchy, but Jason, who was only 30, leaves behind a one-year-old son. Says friend Rob Cinami, “He was a good father and great friend who could light up a room with his charm while busting your balls at the same time.” Swift was one of the minds behind the local Scumbags comedy troupe, whose work you can see at A benefit show is in the works, slated for mid-April. You’ll get the info when I do.

Wandering eye
On Thursday, February 28, at Firehouse 13 it’s SPANISH DANCER (dance-psyche), NICK BISHOP (hip hop), and MAKE YOUR OWN MAPS, a band from San Antonio. The show starts at 9 pm and costs $5. Call 401.270.1801. At Cats on Friday, February 29, it’s 3 ROUND BURST, HARA KIRI, CAPTAIN CUTTHROAT, and RIFF CANNON, and the very busy HAWKINS RISE on Saturday. Call 401.722.0150. At Chan’s on Saturday, two of our favorite sons join hands. PAUL GEREMIA and THOM ENRIGHT will team up, flanked by Mark Taber on piano and Rory MacLeod on bass. Count on some sparkling blues. Admission is $12; call 401.765.1900.
Shoutouts to ROUTE .44, who made it to the regional finals of the Bodog Battle of the Bands. More than 4500 bands competed, and Route .44 is now in the final 50 and one of a dozen from the Northeast region. The show is on March 5 at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York City. The band is selling tickets for the big gig on their website. You can wish them luck this Friday at Jerky’s, where they’ll share the bill with THE UPLIFTERS. Call 401.621.2244. On Saturday at Jake’s, it’s SHARKS COME CRUISIN’, RUM ROW, and BEN PILGRIM. Call 401.453.5253. And at AS220 the same night it’s THE WRONG REASONS, SAMUEL JAMES, and Appalachian period balladeer ELIZABETH BUTTERS. Call 401.831.9327.

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