MUSIC: The Mighty Good Boys Make It Look Easy At AS220
Monday, December 02, 2013
The Mighty Good Boys joined that exclusive group by celebrating the release of their debut album It Ain't Easy. A stacked bill with Dan Dodd, Junior Beat and The Sugar Honey Iced Tea supported what was to be quite the night. If you were looking to achieve that goal of achieving that lovely pre-Thanksgiving hangover, you should have been at AS220.
With the manager of The Mighty Good Boys Don Witherslitz being the MC and starting the festivities, Dan Dodd took things over with his captivating songs and heartfelt style. Getting romantic with "Turn You On", one of Providence's best singer-songwriters set the mood perfectly. A couple new songs in "Hey Mary Ann" & "Children Of Oz" showed how well Dan is progressing with his material, they don't come more genuine than him when it comes to impeccable ability to invade your inner being. It's always a pleasure to see Dan play, dive in to what he has to offer and bask in sheer brilliance.
Don went back on stage with The Mighty Good Boys' Corey Gillard, Mike Walker, Benjamin Tilchin and Travis Conaway and got the crowd revved up with "The Day Of Your Birth Is A Happy Time For You" and then Junior Beat got nasty in the left corner of the room. Groovy drum & bass, this duo were fuzzy and emphatic. You could hear them if you went to the bar to get a drink or go outside and smoke a cigarette and still hear them, making the walls shake and everything else. That bass really got me, such a deep tone that resonated great rhythm. Junior Beat has that sound that always remind me of a classic gangster film, maybe they should hit up Guy Ritchie and do a soundtrack for him sometime.
Their first show in Providence in ages but always enjoyable, The Sugar Honey Tea and their soothing brand of folk graced the stage. "China Shop", "Can't Stop Wanting You" and "Middle Man" were a trio of classics that highlighted a great performance. They're adorable, beautiful and immensely talented, The Sugar Honey Iced Tea are a top act in The Creative Capital and they proved why tonight. They will be putting out a full-length album sometime next year, if it's anything like they are live then it should be one of the best albums of 2014.
Junior Beat turned brains into electrified goo once again and then the main attraction took hold. There's something about backwoods folk that I love, maybe it's the bare bones of it all or maybe because it's just that damn good. Don introduced The Mighty Good Boys and they right into it with "Working Man" that had people in that dancing mood from the get go. It turns out they did a rarity, they played the whole album live from front to back. They played a few new untitled numbers in the encore as well for the sake of exclusivity. If you want to know the songs, well get the album. It Ain't Easy is a gem, you better get your hands on it before they have to reissue it 5 years from now.
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The Whiskey Republic
Part Irish pub, part sports bar, this waterfront hangout was started and is owned by none other than the front man of the Dropkick Murphys. Do you really need to know anything else? Just in case you’re not convinced, The Whiskey Republic has a full stage and sound system and twenty TV’s to watch your favorite sports team from every angle. Mon-Thurs 4pm- 1am. Fri 12pm-2am. Sun 12pm-1am. 515 South Water St, Providence. 401-588-5158. www.thewhiskeyrepublic.com.
Close to the Providence College campus, Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill is a fun and exciting sports bar. Not only can you enjoy sports and athletic events on their beautiful plasma wide-screen televisions, you can also watch live entertainment or catch up on the news with their collection of newspapers and magazines. Their 124 solid mahogany bar, provides the perfect spot to enjoy a beer or some food with your friends. Don’t forget to check out their website for daily specials. Sun-Thurs 11:30am- 1am. Fri-Sat 11:30am- 2am. 133 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401- 272- 7427. ladder133.com.
The Wild Colonial
Named one of the best bars in America and winner of “The Guinness Perfect Pint Award,” The wild Colonial Tavern offers a great selection of beers. Locally brewed beers are available on tap or bottled and are constantly changing. Looking for something to do? Every Sunday the tavern holds its famous “Pub Quiz” at 8pm and also often hosts charity events and seeks to inform its patrons of important issues through the “Drinking Liberally” series.Mon-Thurs 4pm- 1am. Fri 4pm- 2am. Sat 5pm-2am. Sun 5pm-1am. 250 South Water St, Providence. 401-621-5644. www.wildcolonial.com
Orlando Bloom has been here; if that doesn’t make you want to go to Snookers, maybe its two full bars and fifteen pool tables will. Watch sports on their 40-inch-plus flat screens and chow down on some of their delicious food options. While the weather is nice enjoy the use of their outdoor patio.Sun-Thurs 11:30- 1am. Fri-Sat 11:30am- 2am. 53 Ashburton St, Providence. 401-351-POOL. www.snookersri.com
Narragansett (good for URI students)
Great food, drinks and live music, Clam Jammers is great to visit from the early hours of the morning to the late hours of the night. Sit back and have a beer while enjoying a terrific view of the Ocean state. With many beers on draft and 25 beers and malt beverages bottled, including, of course Narragansett, Clam Jammers makes for an awesome night.Sun-Mon 11am-9pm. Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm. Sat 11am-1am. 294 Great Island Rd, Narragansett. 401-783-9600. www.clamjammersri.com
George’s of Galilee
Narragansett (good for URI students)
More than just good food and drinks, George’s of Galilee offers a beautiful atmosphere with a location that overlooks the waterfront on the Block Island Sound. The restaurant serves award winning dishes and fresh local seafood and local craft brewed beers. Check for updates on live entertainment and other special events occurring on their covered deck. Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9pm. Fri-Sun 11:30am- 10pm. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett. 401-783-2306. http://www.georgesofgalilee.com
Newport (good for Salve students)
O’Brien’s Pub welcomes any customer whether they are looking for a nice lunch with the family or they want to enjoy a few beers with friends in the pub. Offering a different special every night of the week and with plenty of activities to choose from; free pool on Mondays, Trivia nights and karaoke, O’Brien’s Pub is a fun place to go in the Newport Area. You can also enjoy a wide array of domestic and imported beer. 11am-1am daily. 501 Thames St, Newport. 401-849-6623. www.theobrienspub.com
Bristol (good for RWU students)
Top 40 DJs, cover bands, and nightly promotions make Gillary’s the ideal place to grab a drink and have some fun. There are few things better than the combination of beer and wings, and if you feel like getting out on Monday you’ll find 35 cent wings available. Daily drink promotions include $8 pitchers of Blue Moon and $5.75 pitchers of Coors Light. There are 23 beers ready to be served. 198 Thames St, Bristol. 401-253-2012. www.gillarys.com
The Last Resort
Smithfield (good for Bryant students)
Loads of entertainment and a rambunctious party atmosphere define The Last Resort. It is a perfect place for college students who want beer, dancing and a night out. There's live music on the weekends, but what makes the venue so unique is the famous resort-style playground complete with a full-service Tiki Bar, Olympic-sized swimming pool and beach volleyball court. And if the beer and/or swimming make you hungry there is plenty of food ready to be served as well. 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. 401-349-3500. effinsri.com
Shark Bar and Grille
If you want some sushi and a unique atmosphere as you drink a beer than the Shark Bar & Grille is ideal for you. You won’t find many bars or places in general with a fish tank containing shark behind the bar! Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Their recently revamped menu offers other great seafood along with the Sushi and don’t forget the full bar. As a bonus, there is an exotic hookah bar on sight as well. 275 Thayer St, Providence. 401-490-0212. www.sharkbarandgrill.com.
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