Dance and Listen
the Hoolios an Alt. Connecticut phenomenon
An old fashioned dance hall night where you’ll be spellbound by original music but your feet will be movin’. The Courthouse will have its cabaret on with limited table seating, a dance floor and its great audience risers so it’s a perfect setting for both roots music devotees who want to pick out the lyrical and melodic nuances of one of New England’s roots supergroups and dancers who find irresistible the infectious backbeat that evokes the Louisana bayous and Texas troubadors.
The Hoolios epitomize the alt.-country motif of original music performed by bands playing a scene that stretches along the southern New England shore from New London, CT to Westerly, RI (and now Kingstown). This region, affectionately dubbed alt.-Connecticut, reflecting both its musical roots and its distance politically and culturally from the capitals of both Connecticut and Rhode Island, has far more music per capita than the urban centers of those states.
Jim Carpenter leads and writes the Hoolios’ original music that draws from across the Gulf of Mexico: the Cuban influence in the Keys, the southern tinged rock and soul of Alabama, the blues of the Mississippi Delta, the R&B creole fusion of New Orleans, the Zydeco and Two-Step halls in SW Louisiana and the Texas cowboy crooners. This breadth of material is given voice by multiple lead singers; comes complete with Jim’s “John” style guitar, as in Hiatt, Levanthal and Prine; and is complimented by vocal harmonies and roots arrangements with accordion, mandolin, slide guitar and washboard joining a rock and roll rhythm section to create a true roots ensemble.
Anyone who enjoys a night out listening or dancing won’t be disappointed in this intimate winter fling at the Courthouse Center for the Arts at 3481 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston, RI.