Blues at Chan’s
The food isn’t the only draw at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining. In fact, it hasn’t been since 1977, when owner John Chan (who went to nearby Providence College and was turned onto jazz by his college roommates) suggested to his father that they introduce live music into the restaurant.
Today, Chan’s is an institution, cool music mixed with hot dishes; a Chinese restaurant featuring a signature American art form in a traditionally French-Canadian neighborhood. Photos of famous artists cover the walls (Dizzie Gillespie appeared in 1988; Leon Redbone in 1981) and Chan himself has been inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (in 2018) and has appeared in cameos in Farrelly Brothers movies and in Me, Myself and Irene.
There are shows every weekend, usually Friday and Saturday, but sometimes other days as well. Saturday, November 9, it’s Willie J. Laws (Robert Cray meets B.B. King while visiting Jimi Hendrix), a Texas guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who plays a mixture of South Texas blues/funk, classic R&B, country and rock. If you want to come Friday, November 8, Captain Neal and The Vipers will treat you to a collection of American Root music, blues, rock and roll, and rockabilly, with a little surf thrown in. Shows both nights are at 8 pm; Saturday it’s $15 in advance or $20 at the door; Friday $12 and $15. You can purchase tickets online via paypal.
By the way, while you come for the music, make time for dinner beforehand. The music isn’t the only thing that’s tasty; Chan’s one of the best Chinese restaurants in the state.