Jeff Slate brings his Birds of Paradox to Westerly

Jeff Slate leads his band to Misquamicut Monday.
Jeff Slate leads his band to Misquamicut Monday.

Yeah, it's fair to say former New London Whaler (class of '85) Jeff Slate hangs with some fairly elite musical company - not that he hasn't earned it. After relocating to New York years ago, Slate formed a group called The Badge, an international recording and touring band with the chops and wit to call a compliation album "The Best of The Badge - 13 Years of the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll You've Never Heard."

Well, anonymity isn't exactly a problem as Slate brings his new band, Birds of Paradox, to Misquamicut Beach for a show Monday. The group will play material from a new album that also features performances from former members of Wings, the Plastic Ono Band, Procol Harum, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Prince's touring group.

So, ah, yeah - it's fair to expect some killer rock tunes and out-of-the-world musicianship.

- RICK KOSTER

Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox,
6 p.m. Monday, Misquamicut Beach, 337 Atlantic Ave., Westerly; free; (401) 348-2597, tunesonthedunesri.com.

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