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MUSIC: The Silks Hit The Spot

Thursday, January 24, 2013


The Silks capped a trio of soulful and dynamic acts at The Spot in Providence.

On Friday at The Spot On Tour on Richmond Street in Providence, a trio of soulful and dynamic acts rocked the stage into a celebration of amazing tunes. The central nucleus of Viking Jesus' Kris Hansen, Boston's Hot Day At The Zoo and The Silks bringing the blues straight out of The Creative Capital. People were getting their boogie on at a near packed house for what was a night full of fun. It seems to always happen from the stage at The Spot, must be something in the beer.

Kris Hansen

First up was Kris Hansen, who fronts the psychedelic dream rock band Viking Jesus and is a damn good solo musician in his own right. He kicked it off with an emphatically emotional performance featuring "Sunshine", "Reinventing The Square". "I Need Someone", "Jessica Dockery" and "Porphyria". Kris and his band have their self-titled debut currently available you can log on to Kris' Reverb Nation page to check that out and even more.

Hot Day At The Zoo

Next up were Boston bluegrass band Hot Day At The Zoo and they had everyone groovin' and a movin' right from the first strum. With Jed Rosen on upright bass, J.T. Lawrence on mandolin, Jon Cumming on banjo and dobro and Michael Dion on guitar and harmonica with both Cumming and Dion on vocals, Hot Day At The Zoo got the dancing started with a rendition of Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready", "Foxy Lady", "Ana Maribel", "Long Way Home", "Lost", "One Day Soon", "Bid You Goodnight" and "Old Mill" to fill up the room with contagious vibrations that made you want to act a fool. Hot Day At The Zoo has an album titled Zoograss and an EP titled Long Way Home that every folk and bluegrass fanatic should give a listen to.

The Silks

The Silks tore the roof off the joint with their groovy down home blues-rock that hits your soul like a musical freight train. They rocked it with "You Can Try", "Moonshine Blues", "Mean Ol' Woman", "I Shall Be Released", "I'm So Tired" and an awesome jam session featuring a spine-tingling solo from Tyler James Kelly's guitar along with drummer Matt Donnelly and bassist Jonas Parmalee holding it down with contagious rhythms. The crowd was left wanting more after cutting a rug on the floor and The Silks delivered with a thunderous rendition of Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into The Fire" with Donnelly on vocals that had everybody digging it and shaking their hips. The Silks will be playing with New Jersey's Titus Andronicus at The Met in Pawtucket on January 25th, a show that is a must see to check out two magnificent bands. It's always fun at The Spot and you're bound to catch a good vibe, log on to thespotprovidence.com to get on the details on what's going on at one of the best places to see live music in The Creative Capital.


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