The “That Little Town Rocks” Rites of Summer series of dance parties at the Blue Goose Dance Center on Route 1 concludes with a one-two punch of infectious live dance music Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Both nights of rocking blues, jump, jive and swing music will be augmented by special guest artist “Sax” Gordon Beadle. On Friday, he’ll take the stage with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Blues harp master Sugar Ray Norcia has fronted The Bluetones for more than three decades. The Bluetones are part of the “blues syndicate” that spread out from Rhode Island in the late 1960s and ‘70s. The band’s most recent album, “Seeing is Believing,” was up for a Blues Music Awards’ award; the Bluetones’ individual artists have earned more than two dozen BMA nominations, as well as seven Grammy nods.

On Saturday, it’s The Love Dogs, who promise to offer “some of the best musical mayhem I have had the pleasure to bring to the Blue Goose,” said dance promoter Howard Gallagher. This sextet is fronted by the big voice of Eddie "Duato" Scheer — think Cab Calloway, Big Joe Turner, Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris; a red hot three-piece horn section (four this night, thanks to Sax Gordon) and Alizon Lissance on swinging barrelhouse boogie woogie keyboards and accordion. Blues Review magazine calls the band’s rocking rhythm section "one of the best in the business.”

Gordon is an ambassador of extreme sax, playing and headlining festivals around the world. From honking R&B sax workouts to gutbucket blues, wild rockers to deep ballads, soul sax preaching to swing dance classics, Gordon brings it — it being the great tradition of American rhythm & blues saxophone.

Both dances are smoke- and chem-free, and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $20, $10 for those younger than 12. For more information, call 322-5651 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or