Tony Jones Show #216 - With music from: Radio Compass, The Dandy Highwaymen, Deer Tick, The Schemers, Jonee Earthquake Band, Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys, The Devil's Twins, 61 Ghosts, The Knightsville Butchers, Damone, Nova One, Only on Weekends, Glenn Robinson, Six Star General, Sunshine Riot, The Sheila Divine, The Callouts.
Locations where it's happening:
AS220 Youth – 115 Empire Street, 2nd floor
AS220 Industries – 131 Washington Street (entrance at rear on Lucie Way)
AS220 Live Arts – 115 Empire Street (where the stage is)
After fifteen years of producing pop culture events in Southeastern New England, including events such as Southcoast Toy and Comic Show, Terror Con, and its flagship Rhode Island Comic Con, as well as Colorado Springs Comic Con, the owners of Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC, Steven and Connie Perry announced this week plans for a major expansion in their calendar of scheduled events.
In addition to celebrating the 7th Annual Colorado Springs Comic Con August 25-27, 2023, and the 11th Annual Rhode Island Comic Con November 3-5, 2023, owners of the event management company plan the return of the horror and paranormal themed Terror Con, moving it to a new home at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. The event is scheduled for September 15-17, 2023. Tickets for these events will go on sale November 25, 2022. Vendor registration for Terror Con is currently open at www.theterrorcon.com.
With this expansion comes the creation of a new brand of events for Altered Reality Entertainment—Contropolis. The brand will span multiple cities in 2023 and expand to more in future convention seasons. Included in this new brand are the following:
Contropolis Pennsylvania, scheduled for May 5-7, 2023 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Ticket sales and vendor registration is currently open at www.contropolispa.com.
Contropolis Massachusetts, scheduled for June 16-18, 2023 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. Ticket sales and vendor registration is currently open at www.contropolisma.com.
Contropolis New Jersey, scheduled for July 8-9, 2023 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Ticket sales and vendor registration is currently open at www.contropolisnj.com.
At Contropolis, fans of pop culture will enjoy meeting stars of stage, screen, wrestling ring, and comic book page. Watch them on stage as they tell stories of their careers and experiences. Bring home a lifetime of memories with autographs from, and photographs with, your favorites. Shop for comic books and collectibles with some of the best vendors in the country. Cosplay favorite characters and compete for prizes at the event’s costume contest.
Rounding out the expansion, Altered Reality Entertainment has launched its first anime-focused event, Rhode Island Anime Con, scheduled for July 29-30, 2023, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Tickets and vendor registration is currently open at www.rianimecon.com.
A link to each event can be found from Altered Reality Entertainment’s main website at www.alteredrealityentertainment.com
The 2023 DAVID BOWIE WORLD FAN CONVENTION promises a weekend of stardust-spangled grandeur on June 17-18, 2023 at New York City’s Terminal 5. With preparations well under way, the excitement grows with the first announcement of special guest speakers and presenters.
Bringing together a cornucopia of collaborators from every period of Bowie’s multi-faceted career, the luminaries in attendance at the event include acclaimed producer Tony Visconti, whose partnership with Bowie across five decades spawned fourteen classic albums from 1969’s Space Oddity to 2016’s Blackstar. Joining Tony are other long-time collaborators including pianist Mike Garson, whose association with Bowie spans 30 years from Aladdin Sane to Reality, and guitarist and bandleader Carlos Alomar, a veteran of eleven albums and the co-writer of Bowie’s first US number 1 single, ‘Fame’. Fans will be thrilled to learn that Carlos is to be reunited with his bandmate George Murray, the bass guitarist who played with Carlos on two world tours and six albums including the legendary Berlin trilogy - this will be George’s first ever appearance at a Bowie event. Other guest speakers include guitarist Kevin Armstrong, who played on ‘Absolute Beginners’ and led Bowie’s band at Live Aid; Carmine Rojas, who played bass on the classic Let’s Dance album and the Serious Moonlight tour; multi-instrumentalist and Earthling co-producer Mark Plati; Tin Machine producer Tim Palmer; and performance artist Joey Arias, who appeared alongside Klaus Nomi during Bowie’s groundbreaking Saturday Night Live performance in 1979. And there’s more! A full list of confirmed speakers is below, with further names to be added in the coming months.
The first ever David Bowie World Fan Convention in June 2022 gathered 1,500 fans in Liverpool, England from as far afield as Japan and the US to meet each other and celebrate David Bowie. Moderated by author and Bowie expert extraordinaire Nicholas Pegg (The Complete David Bowie) who returns for the second convention, The David Bowie World Fan Convention immersed attendees into his hidden, hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking world. Fans were able to come face-to-face with many of his friends and colleagues including Carlos Alomar, Robin Clark, Gail Ann Dorsey, Donny McCaslin, Woody Woodmansey, Jonathan Barnbrook, Kevin Cann, Chris Duffy, and John Cambridge.
2023’s U.S. edition of the convention dedicated to all things Bowie coincides with both the 40th anniversary of his Let’s Dance album and the 50th anniversary of his iconic Aladdin Sane —and is coming to Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street, NYC) in NYC’s vibrant Hell’s Kitchen, filling the innovative, multi-level and multi-environmental venue with an informative and exciting array of talks, meet-and-greets, live performances, and, of course, the show-stopping Bowie Ball, the glittering centerpiece to the weekend. Brimming with attendees donning costumes and make-up reflecting their favorite eras from Bowie’s illustrious career, the Bowie Ball is an exhilarating celebration with live music performance, DJs, best dressed competitions, all topped off with Bowie-themed drinks and dancing that begins at 7pm on Saturday night and extends to midnight.
WaterFire Providence is pleased to announce the addition of two Full Lighting and one Partial Lighting of WaterFire to the 2022 WaterFire Season in October.
On October 1, 2022, there will be a Full Lighting of WaterFire supported by YPO Gold New England; on October 7, 2022, there will be a Partial Lighting of WaterFire in Memorial Park supported by Rhode Island School of Design to welcome their new president Crystal Williams; on October 22, 2022, there will be a Full Lighting of WaterFire supported by Brown University celebrating 50 Years of Medicine at Brown.
October 1, 2022
Full Lighting of WaterFire
Sunset (6:27 pm) - 11:00 pm
Supported by YPO Gold New England
October 7, 2022
Partial Lighting of WaterFire
Sunset (6:17 pm) - 9:00 pm
Supported by Rhode Island School of Design
October 22, 2022
Full Lighting of WaterFire
Sunset (5:54 pm) - 11:00 pm
Support by Brown University Celebration 50 Years of Medicine at Brown
The addition of these lightings to the 2022 WaterFire Season brings the total number of full lightings to 9 and a total 8 partial lightings.
Additional events may be added to the schedule as funding becomes available.
Details for these new lightings will be posted on the WaterFire Providence website at: https://waterfire.org/schedule.
Watch Now: The new Anti-Flag single "Fight of Our Lives" Featuring Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against & Brian Baker of Bad Religion" from their upcoming album 'Lies They Tell Our Children' (releasing January of 2023)
Boston psychotronic quartet Salem Wolves is no stranger to rage and hostility – led by songwriter Gray Bouchard, the band has for years turned fury and anxiety into taut, blistering anthems.
With the 2022 release of singles “Hostile Music” and “Breaking Grounds,” the Wolves charted a dark path, attempting to navigate feelings of estrangement and distrust with neighbors, the music industry, and society as a whole.
Along the way, they celebrated the local people and institutions that sought to create inclusive and safe spaces; spaces like ONCE Somerville, a beloved Boston Metro venue headed up by local legend JJ Gonson and home to hundreds of independently promoted shows. Even after the physical venue ONCE occupied in Somerville became a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of ONCE lived on as a “virtual venue” before transitioning to a promotional entity, hosting shows at nearby venues like Boynton Yards, the Armory, the Rockwell and Crystal Ballroom.
“Our relationship with ONCE goes way, way back,” says Bouchard. “We played some of our earliest and best shows at the Ballroom. JJ [Gonson] always treated us well and even when we knew we could barely get 10 people out to a show, the chance to play ONCE made you feel like you still mattered.”
This deep connection to ONCE made it a clear choice for the unveiling of the latest and greatest lineup of Salem Wolves in July of 2021. Having spent the pandemic reformulating, the new and improved Salem Wolves – featuring Don Schweihofer on drums, Justin Tisdale on bass, and Sam Valliewre on lead guitar – made a blistering live debut at ONCE x Boynton Yards. While it was the first time the quartet had played together in front of a live audience, the sound they made was special: feral, propulsive, tuneful – hell, even joyful.
The resulting live record from the show, Live at ONCE, is now available digitally July 27 on MegaHex records and shows the Wolves in full force. Mixed and mastered by Jocko at More Sound Studios, the record contains no overdubs or sweeteners – just 100% pure, high-octane psychotronic rock and roll, played live and loud.
“When we first heard the raw recordings from the ONCE show, we were blown away,” Bouchard says. “Salem Wolves in the studio and Salem Wolves live have always been two different animals. The live energy is like a firehose, we’re white-knuckling through a set. That’s what makes it exciting and you can really hear our excitement on the live record.”
In addition to the record, the band and ONCE have collaborated on a live video for “Titanium.” The record contains live renditions of recent singles like “Hostile Music,” “Never Die!!” and “Turn to Gold”, Wolves classics like “Shameless” and “More Weight!”, and even deep cuts like the moody “Reckless and Ready,” Live at ONCE represents the past, present and future of the band – a future that seems increasingly in jeopardy for us all due to the plotting of unhinged political machinations.
With the release of Live at ONCE, the Wolves have pledged 100% of the proceeds from the album’s sale to go to the National Network of Abortion Funds, an organization devoted to advocating for safe and unrestricted access to reproductive care and abortion services.
“It’s a pretty hostile time by any metric you can think of,” says Bouchard. “Everyone in the band stands strongly against the ugly political maneuverings of the GOP, the conservative members of the Supreme Court, and the march to roll back of basic human rights for women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized groups. Money talks loudest, so we’re fighting back the only way we know how by making sure everything we make on this record goes to NNAB.”
May, 14th 2022
@ Elks lodge #1697
60 Clyde St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Doors at noon
Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Live Music From:
Jonee Earthquake Band
Paranormal Groups to include:
Day Time Paranormal
Legit Paranormal Radio
Ocean State Paranormal
Paranormal Legend Society - PLS
The Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group & Society
And Paranormal Personalities:
Keith & Sandra Johnson
The Chuckles and Laughs show
and RI Free Radio
."Surviving The Friggin’ Apocalypse - A Benefit Compilation For Galactic Theatre" includes tracks from Allysen Callery, Bank of Ireland, Beth Barron, Bill Bartholomew, Cardboard Ox, Chris Monti, Dave Alves, Helen & The Trash Pandas, The HiFi Lowdowns, Annie + Christian of High Planes, Hollow Turtle, Jaimee Danger & The Dynamite, Jets Can't Land, Jonny from M-80, Kate Mick, Matt Gillooly, Matt York, Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, the frenzy of tongs, Tony Jones & The Jerktones, and Vudu Sister.
Many of these are previously unreleased tracks and the comp will is available at: https://livingroomutb.bandcamp.com/album/surviving-the-friggin-apocalypse-a-benefit-compilation-for-galactic-theatre
Proceeds from this compilation will go directly to Dave "Sasquatch" Podsnap to support him and the fine folks at Galactic Theatre.
Dave has done a brilliant job to pivot and adapt during these unprecedented times (Galatic's tenacity is second to none) but they continue to be negatively affected by the pandemic.
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