Local Listening: WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE @ the Columbus Theater!

On Friday May 29th, the Columbus Theater proudly presents the WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE – 10th Anniversary show!
The show also features special guests PITCHBLAK BRASS BAND and DJ Pandemic Pete.

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
$10 advance, $12 day of show
All Ages, 21+ with ID to Drink

For more information, click here.

 

The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA. We prove that great parties need no electricity.

“Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.”
-The New York Times
 
“They never actually took a stage, but Providence, RI’s What Cheer? dominated the Newport Folk Fest like a headliner.”
-SPIN

 

Local Listening: LAST GOOD TOOTH & SMITH&WEEDEN @ the Columbus tonight!

Tonight, May 8th at the Columbus Theater in Providence:

CANNIBAL RAMBLERS
TALLAHASSEE
LAST GOOD TOOTH
SMITH&WEEDEN

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
$10 advance, $12 day of show
All Ages, 21+ with ID to drink

For more information, click here.

Local Listening: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz / Bertrand Laurence @ the Blackstone River Theatre

This Saturday, March 21st, country blues and folk musicians Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz will perform at the Blackstone River Theatre, followed by Bertrand Laurence, a master of the art of country blues fingerpicking and slide guitar.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information, visit www.riverfolk.org.

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Martin Grosswendt has been exploring the roots and branches of American acoustic music for more than 40 years. Musicians and critics have called him, among other things, a national treasure and a rumor in his own time. In fact, a single label can’t do justice to Martin’s dynamic musical talents. An extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer best known as an interpreter of 1920s and ’30s blues, his mastery of numerous regional styles on guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle make his concerts events that audiences don’t soon forget. His performances encompass the breadth and depth of Southern roots music, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. His love for a good song also moves him to perform material from such modern songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Richard Thompson. In addition to his teaching and solo work, Martin performs frequently as a duo with the remarkable singer Susanne Salem-Schatz who will also perform tonight. Martin plays and sings with Salem-Schatz in the Boston-based band Honky Tonk Masquerade.

Bertrand Laurence plays traditional, contemporary, and original blues as well as an eclectic mix of swing tunes, jump blues, ragtime, boogie, bluesy show tunes, rockabilly,… even blues sung in French! Inspired by childhood heroes, Laurence tries to recapture in his music the exuberance of Jelly Roll Morton and the rocking guitar style of Big Bill Broonzy. Having spent a number of years as a performance artist, Laurence also knows how to put on a show and his time working at a homeless shelter also taught him the healing power of the blues. “I like to focus on the upside of the blues,” he says. “I’m into joy and celebration.” His CD, “La Vie en Bleu” shows Laurence at his best, fingerpicking his way through a diverse collection of intrumentals on six-string, twelve-string and slide guitar, and singing blues in both English and French.

 

Local Listening: The Bohemian Quartet

 

On Sunday February 15th, the Bohemian Quartet will perform at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.

The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso violin player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic

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playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded friends: Dave Zinno on upright bass, Christine Harrington on cello, and Nancy Richardson on viola.

The performance starts at 3pm. Tickets are $20 and include wine and snacks. To reserve tickets, call 603-203-7137 or email bohemianquartet@gmail.com.