When Nick Iddon died of lung cancer on March 15 at age 44, it left a major void in the Providence music scene. Since the late 1990s, the Fairhaven, Massachusetts, native was a local fixture, thanks to his excellent drumming skills for bands such as Kanerko, The Quahogs, Viking Jesus, The Sonce, Ravi Shavi and others.

When Iddon wasn’t playing, he usually was hanging out at Providence venues such as Dusk, Askew and The Parlour, the last of which features Iddon in a mural on its exterior, created by artist Tom West.

Iddon was a friend to many, including me, while also being an incredibly supportive individual and a genuine human being. To celebrate his legacy, a two-day music marathon called Shiza Fest will take place on Sept. 17 and 18 at Dusk, at 301 Harris Ave. Proceeds will go to a charity fund that will benefit music education programs and Iddon’s mother.  

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How Shiza Fest was born

The idea for Shiza Fest (named for one of the many unique and colorful “Iddonisms” he was known for among friends) was born when a bunch of Iddon’s bandmates gathered at Nolan’s Corner Pub on Atwells Avenue, and one of them had a date booked for September at Dusk.  


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