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Down On The Corner
• Scott Furlong will be the regular host for the Monday Night Open Stage at the Rudyard Kipling. There will be a featured performer each night in addition to the slots for everyone else. For more information, call Scott at 502-893-2059.
• Kelly Richey phoned in to report that she and her band have finished cutting the tracks for their new CD, Sister's Got a Problem. The tentative release date is April 1. Copies will be for sale at ear X-tacy Records. A CD Release Party is set for April 20 at the Backstage Cafe at Coyote's. It'll be a double bill CD release: the Mudcat Blues Band will also be releasing their new CD.
• Our intrepid All Ages columnist Duncan Barlow says his band Endpoint will be releasing a new album about mid-month.
• Not Much., Ya'll Dept. Dick Sisto got to play witht the Whad 'Ya Know Band when the show of the same name was in town on March 26. My only question is, how much of that bourbon did Michael Feldman really drink?
• Borrowing from the Courier Dept. WDJX (99.7 FM) has added a 15-minute local music show on Wednesdays at 10:45 p.m., hosted by Tom Dale. The show is called "Peeping Tom's Peep Show."
• Congratulations to Sandy Neuman Dept. Sandy has been running the Jazz Jam on Wednesdays at the Rudyard Kipling for one year! Ah, dedication. Way to go, Sandy.
• LMN writer Mike Campbell phoned to relate that a Lexington friend of his, Pat Flowers, is traveling to the Big Apple to perform on a benefit. Flowers will be opening for such acts as Richie Havens, Odetta and Tom Paxton. Watch for a further report in an upcoming issue.
• Open Ground Dept. Don Boklage, brother of Louisville songwriter/performer Jim Boklage, runs a series of workshops/events through the spring and summer. In May, there is African Drumming with Donjuma Ighal; in June, there is the Secret Commonwealth Performing Arts Workshop, run by Daniel Dutton. There are many more non-musical workshops. Check with Boklage at 606-375-2411.
• Check out the write-up Louisvillian Tara Key got in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone. Half a page, yet.
• Steve Ferguson is recording a project at Mom's, with a summer album release date targeted. Yer perfectionist Feguson feels it'll be difficult to have it done by then, but says he'll try. Somebody set him up with a steady supply of Jack Salmon from Indi's and he'll blaze.
Ferguson made the trek to Austin and played South by SouthWest, one of two Louisville bands participating. The other was lovesauce. Check out Mark Clark's story on page 12.
Anniversaries and like that.
• This issue marks the beginning of our sixth year of publishing LMN. How flime ties . . .
• March was also the 8th birthday of the Louisville Area Songwriters' Cooperaitve, of which I am the Prez and our estimable editor Jean Metcalfe is the Vice-Prez. They can't find anybody to replace us . . .
• Homefront Performances also celebrated their anniversary in March. It was number ten (I think).
• Spring Brings Festivals Dept. With the daffodils come festivals, workshops, etc. We list them when we can and here are some:
• The Swannanoa Gathering down at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, has been set for July 10 - August 6. This year, the Gathering will have a Celtic Week, July 10-16; Old-Time Music & Dance Week, July 17-23; Contemporary Folk Week, July 24-30; Mountain Dulcimer Week, July 24-30; and Blues Week, July 31-August 6. The list of instructors is too long to mention, but at least one should be noted: Kentucky Parks stalwart Anne MacFie will be instructing in dulcimer. Let's see, the rule is: an expert is someone from at least fifty miles away, so I guess that makes Gentle Annie an expert. I know one fellow who would kill to go if she had on that outfit she wore for the cover of her Gentle Annie cassette.
Call 704-298-3325, Ext. 426, for information and a registration form. Tell 'em you saw it in the Louisville Music News.
• Jazz Singers, Listen Up Division. Janice Borla will stage her 6th Annual Jazz Camp & Concert Series July 17-22 at Illinois Benedictine College, Lisle, Ill. Helping out Ms. Borla will be vocalists Janet Lawson and Judy Niemack. The registration deadline is June 1. For information, call 708-960-1500, Ext. 1924.
• The 23rd Annual Kerrville Folk Festival is coming up. Set for May 26-June 12, the Kerrville event has a huge life of its own and if you don't know about it already, then you probably aren't interested. Call 210-257-3600 for information or 800-435-8439 for tickets.
• So You Wanna be a Nashville Cat? Section. The Nashville Entertainment Association is once more seaching for county acts to perform on its "Music City Music '94" showcase, set for July 6 & 7, 1994. They're looking for unsigned, self-contained acts (no tracks). It only costs $50 to apply, acceptance not guaranteed. If that doesn't give you pause, then here's the rest of the requirements to apply: a bio, a photo, a three-song cassette and a VHS video (if available). You have to have it to them by May 27, 1994. Contact the NEA at P.O.B. 121948, Nashville, TN 37212 or call 615-327-4308. "And every one of them plays twice as better than I will."
• Watch for the Otter Creek Park Bluegrass Festival in late May. Details to follow.
• Also, Gary Brewer's Strictly Bluegrass Festival will be coming in September. Ditto on the details.
• Speaking of Bluegrass, the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, broke his hip recently, and so he won't be at the Shepherdsville Country Music Place on April 1. Get well, Bill, 'cause they need you at the Ryman Auditorium down in Music City, where a new bluegrass series is set to kick off in June.
• Congrats to Lynda Burton of Coyote's on her recent engagement to David Meland of the Free Spirit Band. They got quite a write-up in a competing publication.
• Uncle Pleasant's Arises From The Ashes, Sort Of Dept. The closing of Uncle Pleasant's, as reported by the Courier-Journal a couple of weeks back turns out to have been premature. According to owner Mark Smalley, the negotiations to sell the bar collapsed, and he will reopen the club immediately. Go there and drink.
• Yes, But What About Tewligans? Subdivision. Rumors have it that Tewligans will go belly up as soon as the beer supply runs out. The club has recently had some difficulty with the Alcohol Beverage Commission. Stay tuned, as this kind of rumor is a regular event in the Louisville music scene. (Late flash from Tewligan's says it's not closing. Wh knows what to believe.)
• Garland Flaherty Makes a Comeback. Friends of Garland Flaherty will be pleased to learn that he has opened a new club, called, of course, Flaherty's, at 3027 Hunsinger Lane, formerly the site of Rock 'N Rodeo. Garland says he has deejays upstairs in Flaherty's Irish Pub and downstairs in the Club Down Under, with pool and classic rock for the 21-30 crowd downstairs and music for the over-30 folks up. He is also going to open up the outside for Sunday brunches.
• Bobby McGee's, a new bar in Hikes Point, has opened at 2139 Richland Ave., the former site of the Pussycat A-Go-Go. Owner Bob Geer swung back the doors on the 15th of March. He said he plans a sports bar and entertainment format, with local acts playing on the weekend. Geer also owns Bobby J's on Frankfort.
• Whew Dept.
• Edgar Julian Hinson III, 34, died Friday, March 11. Hinson was second chair oboist for the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member of the University of Louisville School of Music, a member of the Bach Society Orchestra, Louisville Federation of Musicians Local 11-637, National Federation of Musicians, International Conference of Symphony and Orchestra Musicians, Youth Symphony of the Carolinas and Colorado Springs Symphony.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the endowment fund of Edgar J. Hinson III in care of the Louisville Orchestra.
• Peter J. Eisenbeis, 82, died March 14 at his home in St. Matthews. Eisenbeis was a retired musician and music teacher. He was a member of Louisville Federation of Musicians Local 11-637.