MUSIC: Black Joe Lewis Makes Moves At Fete

Saturday, September 28, 2013


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Straight outta Austin: Black Joe Lewis rode into town last week and blued up the crowd at Fete in Providence.

I believe that there's nothing better than a good combination of blues and soul when it comes to music, and last week at Fete was filled to the brim with it all night. Black Joe Lewis from Austin, TX headlined a show in the lounge with local down & dirty blues rock & rollers in The Silks opening up the show. What better way up spend a Tuesday night than at a rock & roll extravaganza? I doubt there was a better place to be than at Fete.

The Silks

They got their debut album out with Last American Band (Who The Replacements' Paul Westerberg produced) and The Silks sounded as good as ever, so tight and refined that it had me simply amazed. Starting off with "Trouble" then getting into the thick of it "Mud Money" and Rufus Thomas' "Walking The Dog", this trio set the tone right away. Listening to Matt Donnelly on lead during their rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Can't You Hear Knockin'" was sort of gravely and it made me like their version of the song even more. Tyler James-Kelly always rips it up on guitar and he did with "All In The Family" and "Living In The World", a spectacular performance that had everyone loving it. Any time you see The Silks live you have the opportunity to grab a copy of their debut, I highly suggest you get your hands on it because it's one of the best records to come out Providence this year.

Black Joe Lewis

Nasty soulful blues with a ridged edge, Black Joe Lewis and his band lit the place ablaze and it was purely fantastic. People were bobbin' and weavin' to the sounds, the horn section definitely held everything together. Black Joe had that grit coming from his guitar with "Young Girls", "Come To My Party", "My Blood Ain't Running Right", "Skulldiggin'", "Humpin'" and "Mammas Queen" to highlight the perfect way to end the evening. Black Joe Lewis' new album Electric Slave is sure to knock you off your feet, another piece of music that's an absolute must have. Fete is french for celebration, so why not put a Rhode Island spin on it? Log on to to see what's happening next at one of the coolest places in Providence to catch a show.


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