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He’s No Good: But Ms. Ronstadt sure is

Okee dokee folks… I don’t know what to say right now. The Republican Senate is now an accomplice to every crime Trump has committed and surely will commit. Come November, you all must remember what has happened. We need to save this country from the cult of Trump. Hang onto the anger, but spread it far and wide and use it in November! Read on…

I think that every male of my age had a crush on Linda Ronstadt in the ’70s. Though Ronstadt is no longer able to perform, tribute acts are keeping her songs alive. One such act, The Linda Ronstadt Experience, will be at The Met on February 14. If you want to spend your V-Day singing along to “You’re No Good,” “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” or “When Will I Be Loved” then this is the place for you! Biscuit City opens the show. Coming up the next night at The Met are The Mallet Brothers with Celtic punk band The Pourmen. On Leap Year Day, February 29, that gal with a guitar Ana Popovic will show you how it’s done. For more, “Blue Bayou” to themetri.com 

When the post Valentine’s show The Love Hangover was conceived 20 years ago, I am not quite sure this is what they had in mind. I have the feeling that it was more cynical in nature. Every year on February 15 musicians sing, usually in duets, about love’s trials and tribulations at this morning-after (actually evening-after) music marathon. The 2020 version at The Columbus Theatre is described as “Lovelorn, love torn, Love sworn duets for the day after.” The dynamic duos slated for this year’s show are: Tai and Moon Boo City acoustic, Sara Azriel, The ‘Mericans, John Faraone & Mountainess, Chrissy Stewart, Allysen & Ava Callery, Cardboard Ox, Anthony Loffredio & Jodie Treloar Sampson, Rachel Blumberg & Jane Hesser, Ms. Erma Jean So Fly, Michelle Cruz and the Illuminated States, Helen & The Trash Pandas, Stev Delmonico, Silverteeth, Tall, Artist Jackie, Medusa Black, Twin Goat, Maddy Black, Cliff Wood & Ben Pell, Christian Caldarone & Annie Jaehnig. For more, find what light through yonder window breaks at columbustheatre.com

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One of the respites from all of this Trump crap is comedy, and one of my favorite comedians is Marc Maron. If you do not know his comedy, you may know him from his role on the Netflix series “GLOW,” “The Marc Maron Show,” his podcast “WTF” or his brief appearance in the film Joker. His brand of honest and thought-provoking comedy is what we all need about now. Maron will be at the Columbus Theatre on Friday, February 21. You don’t want to miss this! For more, Thinky Pain to columbustheatre.com 

Have you ever been “Tempted”? Felt like “Pulling Muscles From A Shell”? Had “Black Coffee In Bed” or thought that you were too “Cool For Cats”? If the answer to these is a resounding “YES,” then you owe it to yourself to get to The Vets on Sunday, February 23. Starting in the late ’70s, Squeeze began to provide the airwaves and MTV with some of the most memorable music to make it to the US from the UK. I had a chance to talk with Chris Difford, who with Glenn Tilbrook was responsible for most of Squeeze’s songs. Read that interview at motifri.com/difford. For more about Squeeze at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, “Slap and Tickle” to thevetsri.com 

I am running out of room so here are a few more for you all! Singer-Songwriter Jan Luby will be releasing her new CD, Night Window, at 3pm on February 9 at The Mediator Stage, 50 Rounds Ave in PVD. There will be a CD celebration party following the show and refreshments will be served! Pay what you can (Facebook.com/MediatorStage). 

Sandywoods Center for the Arts invites you to listen to silly love songs and enjoy a treat from the chocolate bar when they present Chocolate and Silly Love Songs on February 14. Serenading you into a chocolate coma will be Spare Change,Victoria Ferland, David Conlon, Gary Fish, Mike O’Dwyer, and Steven Redfern (sandywoodsmusic.com).

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association presents their monthly Songwriter Showcase on Saturday, February 15. This edition features The Lied To’s, Steve Volkmann and Peter Maricle and is held at the Brooklyn Coffee, Tea & Guest House, 209 Douglas Ave in PVD (risongwriters.com).

The Event Center at Twin River will be rocking in February. The American Band Grandfunk Railroad with opener The Guess Who hits the stage on the 8th. Collective Soul will “Shine” on February 14. And Melissa Etheridge as well as Blood, Sweat and Tears are also on the casino’s upcoming schedule (twinriver.com). An Open Mic for Poetry and the Written Word, hosted by Debra Lilli, will take place on Thursday, February 27, from 6 – 9pm at Bricks Restaurant, 641 Atwood Ave in Cranston. All are welcome.

That’s it for now. Dump Trump 2020! Thanks for reading. JohnFuzek.com

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