MUSIC: Grandfather Child Electrifies Local 121

Thursday, December 13, 2012


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Straight out of Houston, Grandfather Child mellowed out the Speakeasy at Local 121 with bluesy R&B. Photo: Bryan Schutmaat.

On Tuesday night at The Speakeasy located downstairs at Local 121 in downtown Providence, a trifecta of dynamically amazing bands rocked the stage into oblivion. Smith & Weeden, The National Reserve and Grandfather Child were on the bill and great tunes were in store for everyone in attendance. Truly an evening you couldn't forget, it's always a good time when live music is gracing your soul with fantastic vibes at Local 121.

Smith & Weeden

Providence's own Smith & Weeden kicked things off with a sound that will shock you with some kickass rock & roll. "Wonderin'", "Boys & Bands", a rendition of Little Feat's "Willin'" featuring Bryan Minto on harmonica, "Aim To Please", "Sunshine", "Angeline", "Creeper Blues", "Drinkin' Through Some Issues" with Diane O'Connor on fiddle and "Playin' A Part" with Minto again on harmonica had the crowd groovin' and movin', if you haven't seen Smith & Weeden live yet you better because they'll blow your mind. They'll be playing at The Met in Pawtucket on January 12th, make sure you seize your next chance to see one of the best rock & roll bands in The Creative Capital.

The National Reserve

Next up were The National Reserve from Brooklyn, their rough & rugged rock & roll sounded like a mix between The Band, The Allman Brothers and Blitzen Trapper. A vintage style along with a modern accent was a treat to see, I'm always a fan of bands who like to mix the old with the new. "California", "If I Could Stop", "High Heeled Sneakers", "Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms", "Back Up On My Feet", "Easy Does It" and "Hello Strangers" had people loving every minute of their Americana filled rhythms. Hopefully The National Reserve will come rock Providence again, absolutely something every music lover should look forward to.

Grandfather Child

Last up were Houston's Grandfather Child with their groovy & funky R&B infused tunes that mellowed the mood and had everyone diggin' it. "Can't Seem To Forget", "Magical Words", an instrumental version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" followed up with another cover but this time it was John Lennon's "Jealous Guy", "Ride That Train" with Minto on harmonica, another instrumental cover featuring Aretha Franklin's "A Natural Woman", "Waiting For You" and "I Would Like To Thank The Universe/Planet Earth" encompassed a magnificent performance that reminded me of Otis Reading and late 60's Bob Dylan. Grandfather Child has their self-titled second album currently available, a gift I highly suggest getting your favorite music lover for the holiday season. Another memorable night of live music in Providence, log on to for all the details on what's going on at their lovely establishment or stop by to get the main scoop on the pulse at a cool little music venue where a great experience is guaranteed.


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