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MUSIC: The Most Dangerous Men Alive Bring the Party to Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 

Most Dangerous Men Alive: laid back multidimensional rock at its best.

This past Saturday I headed to Mardi Gras in Cranston and I had quite the experience. This multi-club joint features a room for all the electro ravers, another for the hip-hop wannabes, and then over in the corner you had a honky tonk with line dancing going on. On top of that was JR's Bourbon Street Rockhouse, an extravagant live music venue with great sound and a vibrant atmosphere. At times I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone but the bands on stage brought me to a more pleasant place. Midday Records presented a show that had Bourne, Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen, Daddie Long Legs, and Most Dangerous Men Alive on a bill that guaranteed a groovy time and a bunch of fun. Mardi Gras has been around for a while, but this was my first time here. It seemed like the perfect night to get my instant introduction to the establishment.

Bourne

Hailing from Mansfield, MA, power pop act Bourne started the night off with a sound that blended the styles of Tom Petty & Journey. An accessible brand of arena rock with heartland sensibilities, the force behind Bourne's sound was astounding. For my first time seeing them I liked how tightly knit the quality of their songs were along with not being afraid of showing a lot of passion while on stage. Hopefully these guys play around Rhode Island more often, Bourne are bound to shake things up.

Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen

Lead by the statewide teen idol photo darling in Dylan Sevey, when The Gentlemen get together for a show you know it's going to be absolutely brilliant. A set that included beloved originals in "Damaged Girl", "Yearlong Autumn", "Content" and a rhythmically emphatic intro right into "Good Week" showed how supremely talented this group of dynamos are. The one thing that put them over the top this night was their unexpected cover of Lorde's "Royals", but when Bruce Springsteen does it first then everyone is welcome to follow suit. I highly suggest keeping your tabs on Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen, but Dylan also plays drums in another great Rhode Island act in Smith & Weeden. They'll be participating in the last semifinal round on 95.5 WBRU's Rock Hunt at The Fatt Squirrel this Friday on March 14th. Smith & Weeden will be joined up with The Can't Nots & Jetty on this night so you definitely should go hit it up.

Daddie Long Legs

Next up were an act that has been funking up The Ocean State for some time now in Daddie Long Legs and they absolutely delivered. More than just your normal jam band, this quartet can make you dance in a heartbeat. With ear-splitting riffs and infectious rhythms, Daddie Long Legs had the vibe going just right. You can always find a few of the members of the band getting tricky over at the Creation Tuesday open mic at The Spot, but you have to go see Daddie Long Legs next time they play live. They really know how to bring the energy on stage and I guarantee the experience will be worth it.

Most Dangerous Men Alive

A band from the south shore of Massachusetts that have been tearing it up in Providence recently, Most Dangerous Men Alive closed out the night with their laid back multidimensional rock. You have to dig the fact that they're not afraid to be original by incorporating all sorts of styles into a jam-folk sound while making it look easy. They did all that and more in a performance featuring "Southern Hospitality", "Tie Dye Heart", Andy Don't Smoke The Reaper" and "Women & Whiskey". A band that's bound to impress you when experience them live, Most Dangerous Men Alive are an absolutely must see the next time they roll through The Ocean State. Overall, it was an awesome show with each act bringing their best. For a time unlike any other at a place that's been an institution in these parts, stop by Mardi Gras. You can rave, grind, line dance and go see a rock show all at once. What more could you want?

 

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