"We're due for a big shakeup. I gotta believe it's coming soon."
I asked what he would say to those who may believe protesting, particularly here in our corrupt little vacuum, is an effort in futility. "First of all, protesting is a good time. Everybody's pissed about the way things are going down with the war and a million other things, so why not come out and give the Man a little hell for a couple hours and then go out for coffee after?"
Friday, July 31 is the deadline to register for the Ladies Rock Camp, a three-day workshop (August 21-23) at the JamStage music complex in Pawtucket. Women ages 18 and up can learn guitar, bass, drums, or vocals, as well as form bands, write original songs, and perform at a live showcase. All skill levels are welcome. Campers will also learn about concert promotion, screenprinting, and band merchandise creation. Girls Rock! Rhode Island director and ex-Sweetthieves bassist Hilary Jones volunteered as an instructor at a Ladies Rock Camp in Brooklyn last year and was hooked.
"It was an amazing experience," Jones said via email. "It was great to see women who had never had the chance to be loud ever before in their lives, or who'd been told they weren't supposed to play because 'that's what boys do,' getting their first chance to rock out.
"I've seen women go from zero to budding musician in three days flat. Anyone can do it."
The 2009 Ladies Rock Camp will also help support the first annual Girls Rock Camp in 2010, for girls ages 11-17.
LADIES ROCK CAMP SIGN-UP IS FIRST COME-FIRST SERVE; VISIT GIRLSROCKRI.ORG ASAP TO REGISTER. MIX IT UPTHAT'S WHEN I REACH FOR MY . . . BIRDSONG
A triple-dose of top-rate freebies starts off THURSDAY (the 23rd), when the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200) hosts local bluesmen THE KILLDEVILS, instrumental surf-rock experts THE FATHOMS do their thang at Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), and the infamous COBRA- MATICS rev it up at Everyman (401.751.3630) on Valley Street. And if that ain't enough, Mission of Burma's Roger Miller leads his "prog-rock vs. chamber music" outfit BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC (who recently released a three-disc set of their entire '80s catalog) at AS220, with locals BARNACLE and ALEC K. REDFEARN (401.831.9327). Make it a beach day FRIDAY (the 24th) and stay south to catch Kingston, Jamaica legend EEK-A-MOUSE; the 30-year reggae veteran makes a special appearance at the Ocean Mist (401.782.3740). On SATURDAY (the 25th), Jerky's Bar hosts TIMES EXPIRED in a one-off reunion show, with fellow Provy hardcore acts ARTICLE UNMAKE and FURLONG opening up; hit up venuevents.net for advance tickets or call 401.621.2244 for more info. And at Cats (401.722.0150) in Pawtucket, Rehoboth's ANGRY FARMER (led by Matt Martin of the Wippets) and THE PROPELLERS (75orLess Records) team up. Club Hell hosts THE COMING WEAK celebrating a CD release with A FAYLENE SKY and THE MIDNIGHT RENEWAL on Saturday (doors at 6 pm), and shake it off early on SUNDAY (the 26th) for a 4 pm show with RHYTHMAFIA, DRAGGED UNDER, and ETERNAL EMBRACE, among others. On WEDNESDAY (the 29th), AS220's Wild Draw showcase presents a north-south jam-band matchup starring Charleston's FAR OFF PLACE and Glocester's KNUF SAID.