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Howe Gelb

  • Fete Music Hall 103 Dike Street Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)
Fete Music Hall Presents

Howe Gelb & Giant Sand

with The Quahogs

Sunday, June 23rd

Fete Lounge
Doors: 7:00 PM
Tickets: ADV $15 • DOS $17
All Ages



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Howe Gelb & Broken Sand

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One takes issuance with band bios. They often read as if the writer is trying to sell you on something. These days, bands are brands and the bio regards them as product instead of art, and as such, commerce lies in the eyes of the beholder:

Howe Gelb chose his own name as a child as he didn’t agree with his mother’s aesthetics. He was born with one good eye and has spent his existence negotiating a 2 dimensional plane. Although his drives his car like he plays guitar, he has never had a car accident and has driven across this country countless times in 2D. This allows some evidence to the way his brain must’ve augmented such particular ocular perspective and probably means he doesn’t see things like you do, nor you like he. In addition, he is often late due to an unofficially recognized disability connecting within tick and tock; the landscape of time and clock. That said, he has never missed a plane or mode of transportation, and never been late for a gig unless it’s in his hometown. However, this has nothing to do with such disability, but all to do with family errands and general degree of desert slouch.

He was born the year Elvis had his first hit. He died up around the bend at an as-of-yet undisclosed date. He has recorded and released too many albums: Somewhere around 60 of them, which ironically is also the number of cycles in a guitar amplifier’s hum.

Here are the things you probably want to know about his work; Howe, if that is his real name, was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. After the Susquehanna River rose up to swallow his home in 1972, he was sent to Tucson, Arizona to live with his father. He began recording in the mid 70s at NPR station WVIA under the invite of George Graham back in PA. PA are the initials to the state of Pennsylvania which ironically is what he will be singing through for

the rest of his life. It should also be noted that the hurricane that initiated the destruction of his hometown in PA was named Agnes, and Agnes was also the name of his Navajo girlfriend procured directly after he had moved to Tucson.





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The Quahogs

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It’s difficult to define a band like The Quahogs by a genre. Equal parts tender and heavy rock, singer/songwriter Steve DelMonico’s lyrics are witty, wise, and delivered with a mentholated authority. Steve Donovan’s lead guitar meanders from gently weeping to chainsaw shredding, oftentimes in the same song. Amato and Nick on bass and drums round out the sound by hanging in the back pocket like a full wallet. Their most recent release, an 11 song LP titled Sunny Waste, was recorded at the revered Columbus Theatre in Providence. It highlights their eclectic vision of rock-and-roll - think of Townes Van Zandt shaking hands with The Meat Puppets and 70s era Rolling Stones. They are becoming well-known for their high-energy live performances, but are equally comfortable in a stripped-down environment.



Earlier Event: June 20
Shallowside
Later Event: June 28
The Morgana Phase