Last night (Friday, April 18) was another fantastic night celebrating local music for Midday Records, 95.5 WBRU, Narragansett Beer, and Mardi Gras MultiClub Presents: The Sweet Release, The Skinny Millionaires, The Brother Kite, & The Morgana Phase at Mardi Gras in Cranston, RI
The Sweat Release kicked off the night and we can say that everything you have been hearing about The Sweet Release is true. Musically, they borrow from 70’s punk, hard rock, and some classic rock. Frontman, Austin Sheridan is a combination of Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop with a dash of GG Allin (without all the self-mutilation, defecation, and beating up fans). And we don’t say that lightly. Austin brings the sex, controversy and provocation, and one hell of a performance. When you see them you’ll either get it or you won’t. You’ll either love them or hate them. There is no in between.
Up next were The Skinny Millionaires. Anyone who saw Mike O’Donnell play an acoustic set at The Midday Social and were expecting a similar sound with some drums, as we were, were in for a surprise. Mike gave an amazing performance at The Social but the full band brought more of a punk rock element to the table. They describe themselves as folk rock n roll and while their is plenty of rock there is also plenty of good old fashion punk. Especially in how they approach their backing vocals and harmonies. Pure bliss.
Things shifted gears when The Brother Kite took the stage. Incredibly tight and absolutely beautiful. Last time we saw them was over at Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI opening for Civil Twilight. They’ve been around for some time and are just one of those bands that capture the beauty of local, independent music. Their sound is ethereal at times and rhythmic at others. As a musician watching other acts you often unintentionally zone in on the strengths as well as the weaknesses. There were no weaknesses. These guys are damn near flawless. Interesting and beautiful guitar work, extremely tight rhythm section, and vocals with harmonies that were spot on. I heard elements of Arcade Fire, Death Cab, and even some Cure (good Cure) in the lead lines of some of their older material.
The Morgana Phase were up last. These guys pull from post-hardcore with some punk/emo. It was definitely evident before they covered a Taking Back Sunday song that they were heavily influenced by them and bands like Brand New. They gave a very energetic performance, engaging the crowd and getting every last person in the venue up on their feet. Could not have asked for a better closing to the night
The great thing about events like this, other than the performances, is hanging out and getting to know artists. We spent much of the night hanging with Mike O’Donnell of The Skinny Millionaires, a man who is as sincere as he is polarizing at times. And while we won’t go into details, we want to publicly give props to The Sweet Release for their willingness to step up and do whatever it took to make the night a success and run smoothly.
Thanks to the BRU crew for coming out and giving away some great swag and for their continued support of local artists. Also, thanks to 95.5 WBRU and Narragansett Beer for sponsoring the event and their help promoting. Thanks to Mardi Gras for hosting these events and allowing Midday to bring in local artists. Also, thanks to our friends from Providence Night Out, 990Wbob.com, Downcity Armory, and The October Accord for constantly coming out to support local artists and our events.
We headed over to The Spot Underground last night for the first semi-final event of the 2014 Rock Hunt. Both Here We Just Dream and The October Accord played amazing sets. But The Rare Occasions have definitely stepped up their game. They played a fantastic set last year in the Rock Hunt and still managed to top it this year. These guys have been on the rise and have obviously been working hard at it. They don’t even have time to enjoy their win as they are hoping on a plane Wednesday for a few SXSW tour dates. They’ll be back in the area in time for the Rock Hunt finals over at The Met.
We were pretty psyched this event was being held at The Spot. One of those venues where we are fortunate to call just about every staff member a good friend. Always great to have a few drinks with our pal, Josh, who keeps things running over there. But have to say, Joe Ferro is not as fun when he’s on the clock! It was definitely nice catching up with them and the WBRU crew. We also ran into the boys from Fly Kite Canvas. We may have to start an official petition to get these guys back together. Also, met up with George from Providence Night Out, Todd from Downcity Armory, and Nina from BB Entertainment. After the event, we all headed over to Dusk to catch Nymphidels and Viking Jesus.
Even with all the rushing around we, unfortunately, missed Nymphidels set. Grrrrr. We made it in time for Ants in the Cellar‘s and Resistor’s sets. Major props for Rob Duaguy for putting together this lineup. A great bill that drew lots of heads out even going up against the Rock Hunt kick off. Viking Jesus, of course, killed it. We say this every time but these guys are made up of some of the most talented people in the Rhode Island music scene. George Dussault was sick and still managed to play a beautiful guitar solo with his eyes shut. Literally. He even played it with the guitar behind his back. Show off!
Dusk is another venue where we always seem to run into so many good people. Our crew spent the rest of the night hanging with Rick, the owner; Marc Clarkin from Motif Magazine; Kelley Bowman from 990WBOB, Dave from 13 Folds Magazine, and the boys from Torn Shorts. (Who, coincidentally, won last years 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt). Some of the nicest cats you’ll ever meet.
Fun nights can also be exhausting nights. But no time for rest. Tonight we have our first official meeting for Music For Paws with Tracy & Shawn from VulGarrity and Chris Conti from Providence Phoenix. There are some great ideas being tossed around to raise funds and make this one hell of an event.
Then we’ll be at Mardi Gras MultiClub in Cranston, RI for Midday Records Presents: Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen, Bourne, Daddie Long Legs, and Most Dangerous Men Alive. This is a great bill so I hope to see you there!
Tomorrow, (Sunday, March 9th) we’ll be heading over to Fete to pig out on some scrum-diddy-umptious treats for RI Food Fights 3rd Annual Great Cupcake Championship with Providence Night Out and then we’ll be rushing over to The Spot to guest co-host Sully’s Cafe. Weld Square will be our guests. Good times!
Let the fun continue!
We’re excited to bring you the next Midday Social New England musician networking event! RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/519007461539822/
When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Where: Platforms Nightclub | 165 Poe Street Providence, RI | 7:00 PM
This is a FREE event open to ALL genres.
Starts promptly at 7:00 PM | FREE | All Ages – All Genres!
The Midday Social is one of New England’s fastest growing music related networking events. These events have hundreds of attendees and representatives from the areas best radio stations, venues, magazines & publications, promoters, etc. including 94 HJY, 100.7 WZLX, 90.7 WXIN, 91.5 WMFO, 88.3 WQRI FM, 990WBOB, 95.5 WBRU, Unregular Radio, Limelight Magazine, Providence Phoenix, Motif Magazine, 13 Folds Magazine, Go Local Prov, Rock Karma Promotions, WARL 1320, The Steve Katsos Show, General Assembly, Firehouse 13/Fete, and many more.
This is an opportunity for musicians and industry professionals to make new connections and strengthen old ones. Bands/artists are encouraged to bring press kits and CDs. This event is open to ALL genres across New England.
ANNOUNCEMENT: 13 Folds Magazine will be releasing Volume 2 Issue 1 at this event!
If your a musician or band that wants your music played over the house system during the event you need to hand in a CD to the DJ by 8:00 PM the latest. We cannot accept submissions after that time.
The event will start promptly at 7:00. Industry reps are encouraged to be there earlier in order to set up their tables.
Drinks: Full bar with 4 dollar Narragansett Tallboys.
Throughout the night we play a mix of music by bands in attendance and have a few acoustic performances. Closing out the night we have two live acts performing.
There will also be gear set up in the back room for folks who’d like to perform or just jam. The back room is open to anyone who would like to rock out!
Also, The Studio Cellar will be set up to do record a their upcoming Podcast and interview bands/artists.
YOUR INDUSTRY PANEL:
The panel will be moderated by John Laurenti of Boston’s Classic Rock, 100.7 WZLX.
Joe Graham – The New England Music Awards (Awards Show)
The goal of NEMA is to celebrate and recognize some of the areas best musical achievements. Every year NEMA will nominate over 100 artists and/or bands spanning a number of categories and genres of popular music in New England, including the coveted individual state awards which will select one band/act from each of the six states as its Best In State.
Chris Conti – Providence Phoenix (Publication)
Chris is The Providence Phoenix’s music journalist. In addition to his work for the Phoenix, Chris is very active in the local music community. He also often serves as a judge for 95.5 WBRU’s annual Rock Hunt.
Ashley Ann Goldberg – 90.7 WXIN & AAG Booking (College Radio)
Ashley is a DJ on Rhode Island College’s radio station, 90.7 WXIN. She also handles booking for the station and books events and shows on campus through her company AAG Booking.
COMMERCIAL/COLLEGE/INTERNET RADIO, PODCASTS & TV
100.7 WZLX – John Laurenti (Boston Commercial Radio)
94 HJY – Steve Scarpetti (Commercial Radio) – Host of The Metal Zone & SoundCheck
95.5 WBRU – Brian Manfredi (Providence Commercial Radio)
990WBOB.com – Pal & Crew (Internet Radio)
90.7 WXIN FM – Nate Grist (Rhode Island College Radio)
Citywide Blackout – Max Bowen (Internet Radio)
The Dweezil Show – Phil Fleming (Radio)
91.5 WMFO FM – Phil Fleming (MA College Radio)
The Steve Katsos Show – Mick Greenwood (TV Show)
Dig Boston Radio – Max Bowen (Internet Radio)
The Studio Cellar – Jim Shultz & Tom Ribeiro (Podcast)
Sully’s Cafe – Daniel Sullivan (Podcast)
The Franchise with Ferro – Joe Ferro (Internet Radio)
GoLocalProv – Rob Duguay (Publication)
Motif Magazine – Marc Clarkin (Publication)
Providence Phoenix – Chris Conti (Publication)
Adam Parshall – Freelance Journalist
13 Folds Magazine – Dave Sorgman (Publication)
DUSK – Rick Sunderland (RI Venue)
Manchester 65 – Jay Palmeri (RI Venue)
The Parlour – Greg Rourke (RI Venue)
The Red Room – Arianna Soto (Boston Venue)
The Spot Underground – Nick Cardi & Tim Davis (Talent Buyers/Venue)
Simons 677 – Simon Sarkisian (RI Venue)
OTW Live – James Mclaughlin (Promoter)
Ghost Town Entrainment – Matt Melia & Jarred Difazio (Promoter)
Fusion Bar & Nightclub – James McLaughlin (MA Venue)
Firehouse 13 – Kristen Kohler (RI Venue)
Fete – Kristen Kohler (RI Venue)
Handsome Factory Entertainment – Martin Newell (Promoter)
Presidents Rock Club – Martin Newell (Venue – Quincy MA)
The Sad Cafe – Eric (NH Venue)
Rambudikon Booking & Productions – Mike Carp (Promoter)
Full Scene Ahead (Promoter)
BB Entertainment – Nina McCarthy (RI Promoter)
P.E. Entertainment – Psycho Eddie (Promoter)
Ashley Goldberg – Booking for Rhode Island College shows
Fat Cats Events & Marketing – Christopher Coderre (Promoters)
Degenerate Booking – Lauren Peter Theroux (Promoter)
Platforms Nightclub – Davey Moore (Venue)
Mardi Gras MulitClub – Davey Moore (RI Venue)
Do617 – Adam Parshall (Web Service)
ArtistBomb – Mitch Candiano (Web Service)
Full Stream – KC Hoye (Multi-Media)
Get Punched Clothing – Matt Beauchemin (Apparel)
Honor Roll Management – Marcus Ohanesian (Artist Development)
Perfect Evolution – Marcus Ohanesian (WebDesign)
EVO Audio Group – Brian Poillucci (Recording Studio)
Turbulent Studios – Jim Shultz (Recording Studio)
Providence Night Out – George Nasser (Online Site)
Nate Grist – Photographer
Midday Records – Davey & Mark (Label/Promoter)
Tony Timpano – Entertainment Attorney
24 Hour Music Project – Kimberly Ann
Tim Batty – (Artist)
If you would like to raffle off artwork, photography, Band swag, such as T-shirts & CDs, please find the raffle table. This is a 50/50 raffle where the artist will receive half of the proceeds and half helps cover costs of the event.
Get Punched Clothing (Bundle)
Organizers: Davey Moore & Mark Charron of Midday Records/Satellites Fall
Sound: David Begin of Satellites Fall
Door: Kait Clavette
Raffle Station: Nina McCarthy of BB Entertainment
Extra Hands: Bryan Yebba & Ken Parker of Satellites Fall, Pat Keister of PALS
Check out our interviews with the 6 artists in the upcoming “Perform at The Midday Social” competition for a “Get to Know the Artists” segment. 6 questions for the 6 bands; Echoes of Petra, The October Accord, Downcity Armory, Weld Square, Escape Pod, & Most Dangerous Men Alive.
You can catch all these bands this Friday, January 24 at The Met in Pawtucket, RI. (Doors at 7:00. All ages. 10 bucks. Click here for the event page.) They’ll be competing for our judges: Mike Delehanty, talent buyer for Lupo’s and The Met; Marc Clarkin, music journalist for Motif Magazine, and Brian Manfredi, Senior Account Executive at 95.5 WBRU for a chance to perform at the next Midday Social. The Midday Social is one of New England’s fastest growing music related networking events. Held quarterly by Midday Records at Platforms in Providence, RI, we fill the room with the area’s top promoters, venues, radio stations, publication, etc. for a night of networking. The event is always free and open to all genres. For more details click here.
Get there early and save some cash!
7:00 – 7:30 only 4 bucks | 7:30 – 8:00 5 bucks | 8:00 – 8:30 6 bucks | 8:30 – 9:00 7 bucks | 9:00 – Close 8 bucks
Come out for a night of the area’s best home grown original music! If you’re a serious fan of rock, indie, alt, and electronica you will not want to miss this!
95.5 WBRU radio spot.
Get there early and save some cash!
7:00 – 7:30 only 4 bucks | 7:30 – 8:00 5 bucks | 8:00 – 8:30 6 bucks | 8:30 – 9:00 7 bucks |
9:00 – Close 8 bucks
Come out for a night of the area’s best home grown original music! If you’re a serious fan of rock, indie, alt, and funk you will not want to miss this!
95.5 WBRU radio spot.
Like Mardi Gras Multiclub on facebook and get half off admission. Just show your phone at the door!
TONIGHT! (Saturday, October 26, 2013)
Help raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. 990WBOB.com‘s annual fundraiser, “Boobstock” kicks off at 8:00 PM at DUSK in Providence, RI. Now in its fifth year, “Boobstock” one of the area’s most important events. Tonights artists are 2013 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt winners, Torn Shorts; Satellites Fall; the return of SexCoffee;The Stilts; and Kait Clavette. If you’re in the New England area this is one event you do not want to miss!