‘Do it, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club’ will premiere Friday

‘Do it, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club’ will premiere Friday

PAWTUCKET - The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council announce the world premiere of “Do It, Man! The Story of The Celebrity Club.”

The film will screen Friday, Oct. 12, at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception featuring a performance by Rhode Island’s own The Aristocats, led by 2018 RIMHOF inductee Lloyd Kaplan.

Light refreshments will be served; beer and wine will be available. The film will screen at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 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 interracial 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 week-long engagements at the club.