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Do It Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
Pawtucket, RI, RI
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Do It Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club
The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council are proud to announce the world premiere of Do It, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club, a film that all Rhode Islanders should see. The documentary is about many things. It's about music, history, race, crime and urban renewal, but most of all, it's about the people of Rhode Island. It's about the power of music bringing people together.

The film will screen Friday, October 12th at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception featuring a performance by Rhode Islands own The Aristocats led by 2018 RIMHOF inductee Lloyd Kaplan. Light refreshments will be served; beer and wine will be available. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. The event is a fundraiser to help with the costs of adding finishing touches to the film and preparing it for distribution.

Do It, Man! tells the story of Providence's legendary Celebrity Club, located in an African-American neighborhood, Randall Square, and owned by an Italian-American, Paul Filippi. The establishment is believed to be the first integrated nightclub in New England and featured top national jazz, R&B and early rock n' roll acts as well as local talent throughout the 1950s. Music royalty such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Fats Domino would come to Providence and stay for weeklong engagements at the club.

Rhode Island's rich musical heritage is on display in this documentary. Jazz reigns supreme here, from nationally known Rhode Island musicians Bobby Hackett (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman) to pianist Dave McKenna (Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney) to saxophonist Paul Gonsalves (Duke Ellington, Count Basie) to vocalist Carol Sloane (Larry Elgart, Kenny Burrell) and many, many more. Local Rhode Island music legends Duke Belaire, Clay Osborne, Randy Ashe and Dr. Ed Coates share their personal stories about the club, racism, and growing up in little Rhody.

Filmmakers Norm Grant and Tom Shaker have spent over a decade researching, shooting, conducting interviews and editing this powerful story. Over the years they have collaborated with many local organizations including grants from The CCRI Foundation, Rhode Island Council For The Humanities and Rhode Island State Council On The Arts.

This is a film that shows how music brings people of all colors together, no matter what the cost or consequences. Its a positive story about the past, but its message is still relevant today. Whether youre a Rhode Islander or not, this is a story you will cherish.

Do It, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club is a film about a forgotten club with an unforgettable story!


Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI, RI 02860
United States


Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Michael G.
East Greenwich, RI United States
Oct 07, 2018 5:04 PM
Cynthia W.
PAWTUCKET, RI United States
Oct 07, 2018 12:59 PM
Robert V.
Narragansett, RI United States
Oct 07, 2018 11:22 AM
Robert V.
Narragansett, RI United States
Oct 07, 2018 11:22 AM
Howard S.
Providence, RI United States
Oct 07, 2018 8:18 AM

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