Additional kudos to Phoenix contributor Victor Paul Alvarez for his story last week about the legendary jukebox at P&J's favorite watering hole in our Little Towne: Nick-A-Nee's on South Street, a home away from home for Phoenix reporters and staff.
One long-ago incident involving the jukebox stands out in P&J's mind. Fresh from seeing the Meters at the Howlin' Wolf nightclub in New Orleans at a friend's wedding, we breezed into Nick-A-Nee's and confronted a wet-behind-the-ears bartender to ask if the place had any Meters songs on the box. As the newbie hemmed and hawed, saying, "I'm not really sure," out of the jukebox magically came the loud sounds of "Cissy Strut," the band's first big hit.
"You do," P&J informed our young friend as we smiled and settled down for a few hours of cold Rolling Rocks and hot music.
RARE CHILI SIGHTING
There will be a rare performance by the Chili Brothers (Tony Medeiros, Greg Takemoto, Bruce Mattson, Dan Hann, and Joe Potenza) at 7 pm on April 27 at the Roots Cultural Center in downtown Providence. The Chilis were musical compatriots of the Band's late Rick Danko and you can expect to hear a lot of Danko & Co.'s music by guys who really know how to play it. You really don't want to miss this show.
HALL OF FAME COUNTDOWN
Last call for tickets to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's second annual induction ceremony and concert. It's all taking place this Sunday, April 28 at the Met on Main Street in Pawtucket. This year's event has expanded to "all day and all of the night," to quote the Kinks.
The afternoon show (2-4 pm) will include the inductions of Eddie Zack & the Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, George M. Cohan, and Sissieretta Jones, with a performance by members of the Hayloft Jamboree and musical tributes to the other inductees.
From 4:30 to 5:30, there will be a plaque-unveiling reception in the hall honoring the 2013 inductees. This is your chance to see how the Hall of Fame is expanding and to hear about rapid developments in the Tune In & Tune Up basic health care initiative for Rhode Island musicians.
Doors for the evening program will open at 6 pm, with a show starting at 8 pm that will include a tribute to beloved local activist Richard Walton and inductions of writer Bill Flanagan, Paul Geremia, Steve Smith & the Nakeds, and the Cowsills, who will all perform.
Last year's show sold out and tickets have been moving even more quickly this year. So get 'em now ($20) at Round Again Records, In Your Ear, Lupo's Box Office, Empire Guitars, F.Y.E. and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Office. Tickets will go for $25 at the door but, by that point, there may not be any left.
RICHIE HAVENS, RIP
Speaking of Vo Dilun's musical heritage, the great Richie Havens — who passed away on Monday — performed numerous times in the Biggest Little at the Newport Folk Festival, the original Lupo's in Providence, and a show at the former Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag that Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) emceed and remembers well.
Havens was a sweet and generous man who shared his music with the world and made this planet a brighter place.