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By BOB GULLA  |  July 16, 2008

Cole is accompanied by George Sullivan on guitar, Dylan Roy on bass, and John Berard on drums, from the Suicide Liquors (hence the name). Together, they know how to rock across the full spectrum of sound, from buzzing punk to pretty acoustic. When you have quality songs, they sound good no matter how you play ’em. The only regret is that Cole didn’t include a lyric sheet. While you can make out most of the words, it’d be nice to read them out of musical context, especially when he tosses out lines like “It’s OK when your bubblegum tastes like its been stepped on and you follow in the footsteps of an asshole” (from “Sad but Sweet”).

IndieArts Festival
It’s the biggest thing to hit downtown Providence since . . . well, Buddy, so get with the program and head the newest gathering of the masses: the IndieArts Fest. The first annual gala celebrates independently produced art, music, performance, and locally sourced goods and products. Basically, it’s a celebration of all things independent, which is the ideal way to get things done. Entertainment includes a very cool fusion of live music and DJs, burlesque, spoken word, experimental dance, and a compilation of films and shorts ac-companied by live improvised sound. Musicmakers include Mahi Mahi, Joey Beats, Triangle Forest, Chinese Stars, Alec K. Redfearn and his new band the Seizures, Cold War, Swiss Chemistry Club, the ’Mericans, Badman, Make-up Break-up, Area C, Channel Zero, and Zebras. There will also be a bunch of DJs: Ty Jesso, DJ C, Morgan Louis, and Ted James, among others. Then there’s the Exchange, a marketplace offering crafts, music memorabilia, jewelers, silk-screened posters, hand-made clothing, fine art, and com-munity advocacy and environmentally-conscious groups. If that’s not enough, there will also be interactive art installations, a beer garden, a food pavilion, and the General Burnside “Best Facial Hair” contest. And don’t forget the world famous Providence Rock & Roll Yard Sale. It all happens on Saturday, July  19, from 1 pm to 11 pm at Burnside Park and the Bank of America Skating Center in downtown Providence. Go to indieartsfest.com for even more input.

Dropout night
There’s something interesting going on downtown on Thursday nights at the Green Room at Snookers. JON TIERNEY AND KRIS HANSEN have joined forces to host a musical jamboree called “Dropout Night,” and so far it’s been outstanding. The duo have also shown up at the Blackstone and the Crowebar in Coventry. Tierney, back from a lengthy hia-tus, sounds refreshed and creatively invigorated, while Hansen’s soulful accompaniment makes for a perfect companion. Each plays his own stuff, and they also enhance the other’s performance, a la In the Round. The word’s out about “Dropout Night,” so lots of folks have been dropping in, including Spogga, who’s never afraid to back down from a jam. The spontaneity is exciting and the crowds are beginning to respond. Plans are in the works for the two to record as well as come together for a really big show in the next few months.

Gang green
Blackstone River Theatre will present the 2nd annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CELTIC FESTIVAL at Diamond Hill Park, Route 114, Cumberland, on Saturday, July 19. The Celtic Festival will run from 11 am to 7 pm (the rain date is July 20). Five stages of family-friendly entertainment will focus on Celtic music, dance, and culture. Featured entertainers include Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Paddy Keenan, Bua, Pendragon, the Hanneke Cassel Trio, the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, Trouz Bras, the Emerald Rae Trio, and the Publicans. The dance stage will feature performances by the Solas An Lae Irish step dance company from New York and the award-winning Harney Academy Dancers from Walpole. There will also be Irish step dance demonstrations and an Irish set dance with the Broad Street Ceili Band, plus a children’s entertainment stage with Keith Munslow, Rosalita’s Puppets, Maria Sangiolo, the Toe Jam Puppet Band, and others. Admission is $15 ($10 seniors, $5 children, free under 6). Call 401.725.9272 or go to riverfolk.org/brtcf.

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