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The Providence Tattoo & Music Festival 2

The Providence Tattoo & Music Festival 2

By Nina McCarthy

Journalist Boston Rock Radio



On Saturday morning I got up bright and early to get ready to meet Michael Giammarco of Those Along to settle up ticket money. After that, I headed to Dunkin Donuts for some caffeine and a bagel to prepare myself for 12 hours of rock, metal, friends, beer, tattoos, piercings, sideshow acts, contests, and wings.  That’s a lot of fun in one venue!


The 2nd Annual Providence Tattoo & Music Festival was held at Fete on Dike Street in Providence, RI.  It was, once again, put on by Justin Marcotte and Matt Ribeiro of Black Sheep Entertainment and sponsored by Bonehead Wings and Suited Devil’s Ink.  There were several tattoo parlors, piercers, and other venders including a smoke shop and oil for men’s beards.  I grabbed myself a beer and quickly headed to the Irish Rose Tattoo & Piercing booth for a daith piercing by Zach Genese.  I get cluster migraines and read a lot about how these sometimes help, and I figured it was worth a shot to see if it works.  If not, at least it’s fashionable.  I personally chose that booth because they have a shop right near my hometown, so I thought I’d show a local business some support.  I didn’t get a tattoo this year, but I did get my very first one last year at the first festival.  I only have my car to thank for breaking down the week before and having to spend my tattoo money on repairs.


Female fronted rock band Blind Revision opened the show on the ballroom stage and got the audience moving, unless they were being inked or pierced, of course.  There was already an early crowd eager to catch everything.  Twenty three bands alternated between the ballroom and lounge stages, unbelievably organized and remaining on time all night. (Complete band list below)  I had seen many of the bands that played and many are played on Boston Rock Radio, but I still tried to catch a little bit of every band, if not the whole set, while networking.  Also, between sets, mad men Wyck and Ces Carney did some body stapling stunts to amuse the crowd.


After some rocking out and headbanging, I worked up an appetite and headed over to the Bonehead Wings booth and ordered some boneless wings with honey sriracha sauce. Boy, were they delicious.  I joined some friends and we all shared our dipping sauce.  Speaking of wings, there was also a wing eating contest that took place with Bonehead’s hottest wings.  The contestants had to eat 25 wings without any milk, dressings, etc. and the last man still chomping (and the winner of the contest) was Joshua Lafreniere.


The staff at Fete was incredible. The place is clean and roomy, and the security is great.  I’ve been to many shows there over the years. There was not a fight or a problem that I am aware of that night. They are all very kind and willing to help so you leave wanting to return for the next show. Up next from Black Sheep Entertainment is FreakFest 7 with Soulfly, Suffocattleation , Battlecross and more April 30th at Fete!! Hope to see you there!



(Ballroom Stage)




Carolina Burn 

Joint Damage 

Dead By Wednesday 

Pistol Shot Gypsy 


Bloodline Theory 

Fear The Masses 


Blind Revision 


(Lounge Stage)

Shred of Salvation 

The River Neva 


All For Blood(official)


Apollo's Resurrection 

6 Foot Silence 

Those Alone 

Red Kingdom 





Suited Devil's Ink

Irish Rose Tattoo & Piercing - Cranston, RI

Quahog Tattoo

Richmond St Tattoo

Heavy Mental Tattoo (formerly La Famiglia Tattoo Co)

Blue Owl Tattoo



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