Category Archives: Music

New Winter Farmer’s Market Starting in Cranston

From newly re-elected City Councilmember Steve Stycos:


Beginning Thursday November 29, Cranston will have its own winter farmer’s market at Edgewood Congregational Church. 1788 Broad Street. The market will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30, every OTHER week, in the church which is across the street from William Hall Library.

Vendors from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will offer local seasonal produce, honey, seafood, pastured meats, and freshly prepared farm kitchen delights, as well as the fabulous offerings of the Presto Strange-O Coffee Truck! We hope the winter market will supply another local food source and additional income for our farmers.

Please support this new community effort, and spread the word! This market will start as CASH ONLY, since it’s a pilot venture. The only exception is for EBT/SNAP benefits. We will accept EBT payments at the winter market.


Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m, Edgewood author Adam Braver will read from his latest book, Misfit, at the William Hall Library. The public is welcome.


The Hall Library winter jazz series continues Sunday November 25, Sunday December 2 and Sunday December 9 with free concerts beginning at 2 PM at the Hall Library on Broad Street, Cranston.

See you at the winter market.

Mark Cutler at the Met

Mark Cutler, a veteran and consistently brilliant musician recently played at a benefit for the Lily and Jake fund held at The Met in Pawtucket. You can find out more here about these two Rhode Island children orphaned by domestic violence. Lily and Jake were there, and when Mark sang an old song by the Five Stairsteps, ‘Ooh child, things are gonna get easier’ I almost lost it.

Another benefit is planned for Sunday, June 3, and there is an ongoing fund to support Lily and Jake and their wonderful foster parents. Find more here.

Block Party Next Week

Friend Sylvia put this note from the ProJO up on Facebook–

Join Mayor Taveras, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Councilman Kevin Jackson on Saturday, April 21 for a free block party and concert to dedicate Olney Street in Providence’s Mount Hope neighborhood as ‘Jeffrey Osborne Way,’ in honor of Jeffrey Osborne, who grew up in Providence and went on to become a superstar pop and R&B recording artist.

Performances by Jeffrey Osborne, MusicOne at the Met, the Boys & Girls Club of Providence, and the RIPO Music School. The dedication will occur in front of Mr. Osborne’s childhood home at the corner of Olney Street and Pratt Street, where Mayor Taveras will unveil a plaque in his honor.

Let’s hope the weather will cooperate– it sounds like a great chance to hear some music.

And speaking of music, I went to buy some coffee at Hope Artiste Village and encountered the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Since this March they are off to a great start, and have already put up some great wall art there.

Baggin’ Frodo Hit the Big Time with Over 1000 Views on Several Videos!

My nieces have founded a new music genre, “Hobbit Rock” — and they are steadily growing their talent and their fan base. Check them out! 

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron, jazz poet, has died.

“Revolution” established Mr. Scott-Heron as a rising star of the black cultural left, and its cool, biting ridicule of a nation anesthetized by mass media has resonated with the socially disaffected of various stripes — campus activists, media theorists, coffeehouse poets — for four decades. With sharp, sardonic wit and a barrage of pop-culture references, he derided society’s dominating forces as well as the gullibly dominated:

The revolution will not be brought to you by the Schaefer Award Theater and will not star Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.

The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.

The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.

The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, brother.

Now we have more screens to trance in front of, more drugs, and one less poet lost to his own pain. Life is short, art is long.

Phoebe Snow

She had a lovely and distinctive voice, she was a dedicated and loving mother, she’s one of the sounds of our youth.

Phoebe Snow has died.

She could have been a superstar, but she left the career behind to care for her daughter, Valerie Rose, born with hydrocephalus. She had soul, on and off the stage.

I Feel Young Again

It’s the joy of breathing. Also, The Met is hosting three days of music by the Young Adults May 27-29. Rudy Cheeks might stop shaving his head and let his full flowing locks grow again. It’s a complex world.

A Pint With Dave

I like to visit Dave’s Corner Tavern once in a while, especially today when Dave Von Ebbers gives credit to one of the great, underestimated music groups of the 80′s, The Bus Boys.

Bambi vs Eminem

I don’t usually link to Fox ‘News’, but they got the scoop on the attempted attack on our beloved national crooner, Eminem. Fortunately, the terroristic feral intruder was stopped by a gate.

Hang tough, Eminem. No random deer gonna sneak up on you.

Steve Stycos with News Cranstonians Can Use


The faces at the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market are shifting in the last few weeks of the season, but we will have plenty of fall vegetables like winter squash, carrots, apples and honey. After a week off, Zephyr Farm will be back on Saturday, but Pak Express will be absent as Chang Xiong goes to Minnesota to visit her sister. Saturday will also be Bob Fratantuono’s last week for the season.

Next week, November 20, will be our big Thanksgiving market and the last market of the year.


The Cranston High School East marching band needs volunteers to work the concession stand at Gillette Stadium. The money raised benefits the band and color guard. The Cranston band group will work December 4, 6,19 and Jan 2 If you would like to help, call Trish Heim at 323-5989.


Saturday November 20, the Pawtuxet River Authority will conduct a huge river clean-up at Belmont Park in Warwick and also across the river in Cranston on Perkins Avenue. Both sites have much debris left over debris from the spring flooding. FEMA is paying for the dumpsters and PRA is mustering volunteers.

We will work from 8:30 to 12:30 and then have pizza for lunch. Folks can certainly keep working after lunch if they wish.

We will meet at Belmont Park (as you head south from Providence on Elmwood Avenue, take the first left after crossing the river). Some folks (like those with kids) can stay at Belmont Park and others can go over to Cranston where the debris is heavier and more difficult to get to. We will have gloves, but folks can bring their gloves too.

See you Saturday at the market.


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