Rockin’ ’n’ writin’

By BOB GULLA  |  April 10, 2008

Quest for rock
The first semifinal of the Rock Hunt took place at Jerky’s last weekend, featuring Pleasure Pot (Dave of Badfish’s new band), the Coming Weak, Das Vertebrats, and Someday Providence. Everyone kicked ass, and it was certainly a feather in everyone’s cap to reach the semis. But in the end, Someday Providence wowed the judges with its sun-splashed, pop-rock vibe by the slimmest of margins, and will advance to the finals at the Living Room on April 18. The second semifinal round is this weekend with the AWESOME BROTHERS, IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, MINKY STARSHINE, and SENIOR DISCOUNT, also at Jerky’s. Go to wbru.com for the latest.

Wandering eye
THE BLACKJACKS’
world debut in Fall River last week was a big smash — especially, we hear, with the ladies. On Friday, the boys in the band will make their Rhode Island debut at the Narragansett Cafe in Jamestown. There’s no cover, and the show starts at 9 pm. Look out for contests like “Win a Date with the Drummer” and “Most Hair in the Band,” too. Call 401.423.2150.
 
MARJORIE THOMPSON, a singer, songwriter, and fingerstyle guitarist who doubles as a scientist at Brown, opens for DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN, at Stone Soup. Thompson will have her hands full opening for Jacobs-Strain, one of the best young fingerstyle players you’ll ever see, who has played with greats like Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal, and Lucinda Williams. But we get the sense she’ll be up to the task. The gig is on Saturday at 8pm at St. Paul’s Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door and at stonesoupcoffeehouse.com.
 
On Saturday at the Liberty Elm, catch this month’s edition of the “Your Roots Are Showing” series. It begins at 8 pm and features CHRIS MONTI with LUCKY 57. The diner is at 777 Elmwood Avenue in Providence; cover is by donation. Call 401.467.0777 for further details.

KILLING PABLO is celebrating the release of their third disc, Quiet/Loud/Repeat (75orless), on Sunday (the 13th) at AS220. KP will team up with HERRA TERRA from Worcester and THE HAVENOTS from Boston. The show starts at 9 pm and runs $5. Call 401.831.9327. The PROVIDENCE RECORD SHOW AND ROCK & ROLL YARD SALE returns to AS220 this Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. There will be posters, vintage stuff, munchies, and all kinds of records and CDs. Admission is free. Go to myspace.com/providencerockandrollyardsale for more information.

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