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What Cheer? A Gallery Night Serenade

By Sarah McCartan

Friday night, Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant plays home to the What Cheer? Brigade. Yes, this 19-piece brass band from Providence, R.I. is serenading the Gallery Night drink and dinner crowd, beginning at 7 p.m. By serenade I mean—putting on one energetic, elaborate performance to the tune of something you don’t see every day.  And maybe haven’t seen, ever.

According to the brigade, “Our sound is an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, New Orleans, Samba and Hip-Hop, played with the intensity of metal. Requiring no amplification, we prove that great parties need no electricity. Our live shows defy boundaries, appealing equally to punks and farmers, old and young.”

The brigade has played everywhere from bus stops, charity events and all-night parties, to Good Morning America, Lollapalooza, and even Serbia. What’s more, they’ve appeared alongside a variety of acts including Dan Deacon, Okkervil River, Man Man and Matt & Kim.

This serenade of sorts is followed up with a late-night show including a performance by Paul the P-Funk Fresh beginning at 10 p.m. Cost of the show is $5.

What Cheer? Brigade
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, July 19
WHERE: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson
 St.
COST: Free dinner-hour serenade
DETAILS: 791-6501 or whatcheerbrigade.com