That, friends, is not all. Start your Sunday at the Liberty Elm Diner, 777 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, where you can hear Ace Brown & His Ohio Valley Boys in a brunch-time set beginning at 11 am. Call 401.467.0777.
Bang Camaro visits Jerky’s on Friday, July 13. The five-piece Boston band will be fronted by their customary choir, which includes up to 19 lead singers. Most of you might know them by their appearances in the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Bryn Bennett, one of the founders of Bang Camaro, works at Harmonix, the originator of those games, along with a bunch of other Providence-based current and former musicians. “They were cool enough to accept my band into the game,” he says. At the time, Bang Camaro was rockin’ Boston, but had a limited audience in most other places. Now, thanks to the exposure from the game, they have a nationwide audience. “Five years ago, a band could never break from a game,” he says. “Now we can play the Troubadour in Los Angeles and get hundreds of people. These games have introduced new ways to get indie music to the masses.”
Funny thing is, no matter where he plays these days, Bennett gets pretty intense scrutiny. Everyone who comes to see Bang Camaro thanks to Guitar Hero knows the exact notes of his solos. “I’ll get to my solo on ‘Push Push (Lady Lightning),’ ” he says, “and I have to be careful. They know every note, so I can’t screw up!”
Mustang Cobra, a local band that boasts vets from a bunch of well-known outfits (Sasquatch, Shed, the Cringe), derives its monster power from bands of the NWOBHM, like Maiden and Priest. Paul Sousa, Aaron Leidecker, Dino Paolantonio, and the undeniable Natalie Courville on drums have surged to the fore of the local metal scene, with dual-guitar harmonies and galloping bass lines. You can see them slay for yourself in the opening slot for Bang Camaro.
There’s another big gig for the resurgent Ken Lyon & Tombstone, this time on Saturday, July 14, at Lupo’s. The reconstituted Tombstone came about by popular demand. After his retrospective concert at the Stadium Theatre last year, Lyon realized there was still music in his tank, and in the bellies of his collaborators. This summer pianist Mark Taber celebrates 45 years with Kenny, and Brenda Mosher Bennett celebrates 35 (except for her time with the Prince organization as a member of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6). The rest of the band is just as stellar, including saxophonist Michael “Tunes” Antunes and legendary guitar slinger Gary “Guitar” Gramolini, both from John Cafferty’s mighty Beaver Brown. Mark Cutler kicks the show off at 7 pm. More info at 401.331.5876 and kenlyon.com.
DEER TICK’s John McCauley throws a birthday party in his own honor at Jake’s on Saturday, with THE SHIVERS and THE WRONG REASONS. Call 401.4553.5253. Saturday’s big blues show finds Roomful of Blues frontman DAVE HOWARD singing with JOSH BARBER AND THE STACK at the Narragansett Café in Jamestown. Call 401.423.2150. CHRIS MONTI has a new local music residency at Muldowney’s on Empire Street in Providence, located between AS220 and Bravo. Starting on Wednesday, June 11, he’ll be playing solo acoustic every week from 8:30 pm to midnight (no cover). Count on originals, some country blues, fiddle tunes, and traditional stuff. Call 401.831.6202.