The Fab Three?

By BOB GULLA  |  June 17, 2008

THE COMPLAINTS | Hi Hat, 3 Davol Square, Providence | June 22 6 pm | Free | 401.453.6500

Neutral Nation
From the good folks who entertained us with You Must Be This Tall: The Story of Rocky Point Park comes another slab o’ celluloid of local interest, focusing on Neutral Nation and the Providence music scene during the ’80s. As director David Bettencourt and company did with the Rocky Point flick, the doc will be a pastiche of interviews, impressions, vintage video, and other recollections about the local music scene a coupla decades back. You can be a part of the final product if you show your face at these NN gigs: On Friday, June 20 at Club Hell, 73 Richmond Street (the burial place of Rocket/Club Babyhead), Providence, with Two Guys and Another Guy, For What It’s Worth, and Bangover, and on Sunday afternoon, June 22, at the Living Room with the Agents, the FID’s, Acetone, For What It’s Worth, Furlong, and Frenzy of Tongs (all ages  — old-timers and kids alike). Keep up with all the action at neutral nationmovie.com.

Mystic does New Orleans
Mystic Seaport’s second annual Summer Solstice Sunset Party is on Saturday. This year’s event will have a New Orleans flavor, with Cajun cuisine, Mardi Gras mask-making, and stilt dancers contributing to the theme, chosen to honor the city’s continued healing and rebirth. Attendees will learn about the hundreds of live oak trees felled by Hurricane Katrina, wood to be used in the restoration of the Seaport’s famed sailing ship, the Charles W. Morgan. From 8 to 9 pm, award-winning trombone player and jazz composer Wycliffe Gordon will perform a solo send-off serenade for the Morgan, then turn up the volume and perform with his acclaimed quintet on the Village Green. Tickets for Gordon’s performance at Mystic Seaport — $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-17 (children 5 and under free) —  are on sale at mysticseaport.org/summersolstice. For more infor-mation, call 860.572.5339.

Wandering eye
On Friday at Cats, a new band, PROTECT THE WITNESS, takes the stage for the first time. Formed from the ashes of Hemlok, PTW rocks hard with a sound ranging from metallic to soulful and bluesy. The place for a taste would be myspace.com/protectthewitnessmusic.

The 5th annual WOMEN OF RISA SHOW is on Saturday, June 21, at the Church Street Coffeehouse at the First United Methodist Church of Warren. The night features all acoustic female singer-songwriters BECKY CHACE, MARY ELLEN CASEY, LISA LAWRENCE, JACQUELINE BARTLETT, and host JAN LUBY. Tickets are $10; partial proceeds will be donated to the Warren Animal Shelter. Call 401.245.8474.

On Saturday at Nick-a-Nee’s, 75 South Street, Providence, THE HOUSE COMBO celebrates five years of Monday night jams. Joe “Hawk,” Jim Kelly, Mike Foulk, Juxo, Benny Banning, Bob Mariano, and Mark Quinn will welcome a who’s who of friends — and, sayeth the Combo’s motto, “You never know who will show up” (Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann was a recent guest). The fun runs from 5 pm till closing — outside, if weather permits — and it’s all free! Call 401.861.7290.

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