Getting down to brass tactics
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 Ceresiâ€™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, â€śIt was a great evening of entertainment and dancing.â€ť
While the spacious downstairs lounge wasnâ€™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 â€śa good size crowdâ€ť that danced for nearly three hours to the electrifying upbeat rhythm and blues that Ceresiâ€™s group is known for.
â€śThis is a great night...a special night,â€ť Warner said. â€śThis is the kind of event we want to have here. Itâ€™s good for business and itâ€™s great for people to have fun and enjoy quality music.â€ť
Warner was also on the receiving end of something special as Ceresi presented Warner with an autographed copy of The All-Starz latest CD, â€śOn the Right Track,â€ť 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. â€śThis was a great night thanks to Roger,â€ť he said. â€śWe very much want to offer these kinds of events to the community.â€ť
Although he didnâ€™t tip his hand, Dodge said, â€śWeâ€™re hoping to have more interesting events in the coming months.â€ť
Perhaps Joe Martini, a long-time Warwick resident and disc jockey who spins music from the 1950s and later, best summed up the nightâ€™s happenings by saying Roger and his All-Starz did it again.
â€śThe group created an urge for people to dance. His music continues to impress people. Roger has a special gift for making people happy. I donâ€™t know of any entertainer anywhere who has as much energy as he does.â€ť
As for Warner, she echoed everyoneâ€™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, â€śThank you. We will definitely be back.â€ť