September 15, 2014
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Getting down to brass tactics
Pete Fontaine
BRASSES OFF: The All-Starz Horns section of Roger Ceresi’s All-Starz, who treated the Tri-City Elks Lodge to some special music. It includes Carl Queforth, John Abrahamsen and Barry

In an effort to get more use out of their spacious home, the Tri-City Elks Lodge 14 hoped that an appearance by the All Starz Horns will make people aware that the lodge is open to a number of community events, including an evening of rhythm and blues. To say that Donna Warner wore many hats last Friday evening would be an understatement.

Warner is the exalted ruler of the Tri-City Elks Lodge 14 that is located at 1915 West Shore Road in Warwick and Warner served as the official greeter for guests that came from all over Rhode Island and Connecticut to take in a special appearance of Roger Ceresi’s All-Starz and All-Starz Horns.

She also helped her husband Dick and other staffers in the kitchen who offered a simple menu of hot dogs with chips and a pickle or tasty meatball sandwiches.

Warner went from table to table making sure that everyone was happy, especially enjoying when Johnston residents Karen and Joe Wells said, “It was a great evening of entertainment and dancing.”

While the spacious downstairs lounge wasn’t as jam-packed as it was when the eight-piece music machine played at the Tri-City back on March 9, Warner called it “a good size crowd” that danced for nearly three hours to the electrifying upbeat rhythm and blues that Ceresi’s group is known for.

“This is a great night...a special night,” Warner said. “This is the kind of event we want to have here. It’s good for business and it’s great for people to have fun and enjoy quality music.”

Warner was also on the receiving end of something special as Ceresi presented Warner with an autographed copy of The All-Starz latest CD, “On the Right Track,” which features a color caricature of all eight members of the group.

Peter B. Dodge, the enthusiastic House Committee Chairman at the Lodge who, along with Warner and other officers, is hoping to add more community events at their West Shore Road home. “This was a great night thanks to Roger,” he said. “We very much want to offer these kinds of events to the community.”

Although he didn’t tip his hand, Dodge said, “We’re hoping to have more interesting events in the coming months.”

Perhaps Joe Martini, a long-time Warwick resident and disc jockey who spins music from the 1950s and later, best summed up the night’s happenings by saying Roger and his All-Starz did it again.

“The group created an urge for people to dance. His music continues to impress people. Roger has a special gift for making people happy. I don’t know of any entertainer anywhere who has as much energy as he does.”

As for Warner, she echoed everyone’s assessment, so much so, Warner extended a personal invitation to Ceresi to bring his high-energy sounds back.

Ceresi, who lives in Warwick and takes his band to some of the best-known venues in New England, said, “Thank you. We will definitely be back.”


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