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By BOB GULLA  |  July 2, 2008

At this writing, they are hustling through the Midwest. Tony Francis, Jimmy James, and the Dirty D on drums. Their MySpace is getting massive activity, and there just might be a pot of something or other awaiting them when they arrive in the City of Angels.

The Hoolios
The Hoolios hail from the borderlands of Rhode Island and Connecticut, where residents enjoy the over and back nature of taking advantage of living on the edge of two states. They get their hands dirty in the fertile soil that bridges the natural gap between bluegrass and roots, the distinctive place where the Dillards, the Byrds, and Garcia’s side project, Old and In the Way, dared to tread.

They’ve been fiddling around a while — both figuratively as a band, and literally — and have several charming tunes at their MySpace site that deserve your time. But, we’re told, the action really heats up when the band plays live, where those charming tunes gain a gritty edge.

The Hoolios have been playing in South County and nearby Connecticut pretty actively, so there will be plenty of chances to see them. Check for dates. But tonight (Thursday the 3rd) might be a nice time to check ’em out, as they play the opening night show of the Jonathan Edwards Winery Summer Nights Music Series in North Stonington, Connecticut. As you can imagine, the winery makes for a nice backdrop for any sort of music, so the Hoolios should be able to take full advantage. Call 860.535.0202.

The Zimmermen
Nick DiBiasio will present the 11th annual BOB DYLAN (BELATED) BIRTHDAY BASH, in honor of Bob turning 67 on May 24, on Saturday, July 5, at 7 pm at the Mill, 711 Putnam Pike (Route 44), Greenville. The Zimmermen, formerly known less cheekily as the Dylan Band, features Fred Wilkes and Michele Wilson from Loose Change and Rick Bellaire from Ken Lyon’s crew, plus John Dunn, Richard Sage, Ken Johnson, and Vincent Pasternak. More information can be found at

Wandering Eye
On the Fourth of July at Billy Goode’s, it’s THE DIE PODS and the continuing reunion tour of TWO GUYS AND ANOTHER GUY. Call 401.848.5013. Also on the 4th, the Goners’ front-dude TONY JONES will be DJing at Decadence at Club Gallery (150 Point Street), spinning surf, punk, garage, psychobilly, rockabilly, and some local music. Decadence will also be hosting a luau on the outdoor patio. Cover is $5. Call 401.751.7166. On Monday, July 7, Armageddon Shop and AS220 present THE GITS MOVIE at AS220. You may recall the story surrounding the promising Seattle band. They put out a few rousing records before Mia Zapata, the band’s gifted leader, was raped and murdered. Kerri O’Kane’s acclaimed doc`qwumentary will be shown at 9 pm. Admission is free. Call 401.831.9327.

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