2015-01-08 / Around Town

Getting to Know Local Musicians


Bob Kendall has organized an eclectic collection of musicians and artists for Thursday evenings in January at the Salvation Cafe. Bob Kendall has organized an eclectic collection of musicians and artists for Thursday evenings in January at the Salvation Cafe. You may already know that Middletown singer-songwriter Bob Kendall has played the Newport Folk Festival, been praised by Rolling Stone Magazine, written songs for motion pictures and recorded several critically-acclaimed albums of original tunes.

But what you may not know is that Kendall is now producing Thursday night music at Salvation Cafe.

“I’m really excited about bringing live music to Salvation Cafe. They have a new listening venue upstairs above their restaurant and it’s a perfect place to enjoy an intimate evening of music,” the guitarist said recently.

Kendall has assembled a talented and eclectic collection of musicians and artists for each Thursday evening in January. If you’re thinking you’ll just be seeing Kendall playing acoustic music each night, think again. “I decided it would be fun to bring in some exciting acts who don’t always get a chance to play in Newport. Most Thursdays, I’ll be in the background,” he said.

Typically, each night will feature three acts–two musical acts and one visual artist. “I envision this eventually becoming a type of variety show, although we’re not quite there yet,” the musician continued.

The Thursday night lineup assembled by Kendall is impressive.

On Jan. 8, along with wellknown artist Luke Randall, you’ll see Kendall and Kraig Jordan presenting “Stanatron,” a live, electronic soundscape weaving bits of film and songs together. The talented band Long Trees will close out the evening.

Along with internationallyknown artist William Shaff, mesmerizing folk artist Allysen Callery and the talented Americana act Haunt the House will appear on Jan. 15.

The third Thursday (Jan. 22) features the Silks’ Tyler-James Kelly with Jess Powers, and the exciting Providence-based band Smith & Weeden. The series closes on Jan. 29 with local artist Sue McNally, The Brothers Kendall (featuring Bob along with his brother Greg) and Grammy-nominated Newporter Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses and Belly fame.

A ticket ($10 at papertickets.com or at Salvation Cafe) gets you admission plus a glass of wine or beer. And as he does at most of his shows, Kendall is asking folks to bring a nonperishable food item for the Rhode Island Food Bank.

When asked if the Thursday night music series at Salvation will continue beyond January, the songwriter didn’t hesitate. “Yes! I already have the next several months planned out,” he explained enthusiastically.

Be sure to catch the music every Thursday, starting at 8 p.m., at Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway. For more information, visit bobkendall.com.

– Mark Gorman

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