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Ceresi and All-Starz promise lively pre-Christmas party at Elks
Pete Fontaine
MUSIC MAN: Roger Ceresi (center) gets a “welcome home” handshake from Peter G. Dodge, House Committee Chairman at the Tri-City Elks Lodge 14 on West Shore Road where the noted singer-band leader will bring his All-Starz Saturday evening for a Pre-Christmas Dance Party. Looking on is Joe Martini, the group’s co-manager and booking agent.

To say that Peter G. Dodge, who serves as House Committee Chairman at the Tri-City Elks Lodge 14, is excited would be an understatement.

Likewise, Exalted Ruler Donna Warner and Tri-City’s nine other officers and five trustees are sharing in Dodge’s enthusiasm, as are many members of the lodge located at 1915 West Short Road in Warwick. That’s because “Roger Ceresi is coming home.”

On Saturday night, Warwick resident Roger Ceresi and his All-Starz will bring their high-energy sounds to the Tri-City Elks Lodge for what Dodge called a “great night of music and dancing.”

“This will be Roger’s third appearance here at the [Elks] Lodge,” Dodger said earlier this week. “Every time he’s on our schedule people get excited. His music just makes people want to get up and dance.”

What’s being billed as a Pre-Christmas Dance Party will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through 11 o’clock and the event, Dodge emphasized, “the night and event is indeed open to the general public.”

Dodge, who is a manufacturers representative and owns and operates P.G.D. Enterprises, LLC of Warwick, encouraged people who have either heard Ceresi’s cast in the past or who have never heard his special horn-driven band to come to Saturday’s party.

Tickets are $12 Saturday evening and if people call Elks Lodge at 737-9510 or 737-2196 today or tomorrow they can purchase tickets for $10. A full-service cash bar will be open throughout the All-Starz performance.

Dodge also emphasized that there’s plenty of free parking and wanted would-be event goers to know that the Elks Lodge will offer low-priced drinks, plenty of moderately priced finger foods and a big dance floor.

Saturday’s Pre-Christmas Dance Party will also be a homecoming of sorts for Joe Martini, a noted Rhode Island disc jockey and music historian who was once the House Committee chairman at the Tri-City Elks Lodge 14.

“Joe actually got the ball rolling as far as bringing Roger Ceresi and his All-Starz here,” Dodge offered. “Like Roger [Ceresi], Joe [Martini] also lives in Warwick and is currently enjoying success as the band’s co-manager and eventful specialist.”

Martini, who owns and operates a Warwick-based disc jockey/music business known as Remember When, prides himself with his music from the 1940s to present along with his nearly matched knowledge of trivia has been booking Ceresi’s All-Starz at large venues all over Southeastern New England.

“I’m proud to be part of Roger Ceresi Productions,” Martini said during a meeting the Ceresi and Dodger earlier this week. “He’s considered to have one of the top musical production companies in New England that’s known to cater to the specific needs of the individual clients.”

What Ceresi does during all his appearances, he incorporates his soulful singing style, his ability to entertain and many years of experience as a bandleader to specialize in playing at such events as the one scheduled for Saturday night.

“His passion to please all audiences becomes obvious when you see his shows,” Martini noted. “And his horn section...people always talk about the powerful sounds those three musicians play.”

Ceresi, as noted, is the lead singer. The brass section includes Barry Fleischer on saxophone, John “Leather Lungs” Abrahamsen on trump and Saturday night Bob Casola will take the place of trombonist Carl Queforth. The All-Starz also feature “Riverside Rob” Nelson on guitar, “Papa” Dick Souza on base, Matt McCabe on piano and Joey Sullivan on drums.

“Together they produce high-energy music and will play a variety of rhythm and blues Saturday night,” Martini said. “There will also be a tribute to the great music legends of the 1950s and ’60s.”


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