2014-04-03 / News

Former islander will jam at ’Ganny


Don Culp, a former Jamestown resident who lived on the island for 28 years, is the drummer in The 100 Watt Suns. The band will play at the Narragansett Café on Saturday. 
Courtesy / Don Culp Don Culp, a former Jamestown resident who lived on the island for 28 years, is the drummer in The 100 Watt Suns. The band will play at the Narragansett Café on Saturday. Courtesy / Don Culp A former resident of Jamestown who lived on the island for 28 years, Don Culp will return to his old stomping grounds this weekend for a performance with his new band, The 100 Watt Suns.

Culp, the band’s drummer, will take the stage at the Narragansett Café on Saturday, April 5, at 9 p.m. Joining The 100 Watt Suns is Michael “Tunes” Antunes, a legendary saxophonist best known for his playing days with John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band.

The 100 Watt Suns is an indie band from the coastline of Connecticut. The group’s front man, Steve Broderick, started the band after touring for 11 years with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The band also includes Dan Watson, Bill Light and Marty Maroney.

Culp is no stranger to the ’Ganny. Growing up in Jamestown, he started playing there in 1977 as an aspiring musician. “I’ve played there a million times,” Culp said. “I have a great history with that place. I love it.”

Although the eighth-degree black belt currently lives in North Kingstown, where he runs his karate studio, he visits the island weekly to see his father, who lives on Keel Avenue with Culp’s sister and brother-in-law.

“I enjoy riding my bike around the island,” he said. “Even though I moved to North Kingstown, I still know all the wonderful hidden spots in Jamestown.”

Under the guidance of industry legend David Krebs, The 100 Watt Suns released a five-song EP mixed by Jay Messina, a worldclass producer whose discography includes albums by Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Miles Davis.

Culp is glad he gets to share his hometown with his new band. “It’s great for me to come back, perform and be received,” he said.

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