• It's old news to readers of the Courier-Journal, but the rest of you might be interested to know that the oldest alternative music bar in Louisville, Tewligans, has once again closed its doors, this time due to a dispute over a liquor license. According to the C-J, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission refused to renew the Tewligans restaurant liquor license because the owners would not provide evidence that at least fifty percent of their total receipts were derived from food sales, as is required by law.
Now, the spot is reopening as Snagilwet on August 16. Snailwet is Tweligans spelled backerds, just in case you didn't get it.
It'll be a beer bar, with new musical groups. All manner of exciting things will be going on, including a contest. Stay tuned for further updates.
• Barry's on Frankfort and Pope is back open after a short closing.
• H.D. Rubbies Bar-B-Q, 6905 Southside Drive, Louisville, will start featuring live entertainment on August 3 & 4, bringing in the rock group Baby D'Vine. Linda Cox, owner, believes Rubbies will be the only place in the South End where rock music is being performed. She's not sure, however, and neither are we, but this might be a good way for us to find out. Readers?
• Bill Corcoran, music director at Derby Dinner Playhouse, called to point out that I had committed a grievous error in my recent review of "Show Boat." In my review, I said that the piano accompaniment was played on a Disklavier, a computerized piano on loan from Conrad of Corydon. Au contraire, according to Corcoran, only the Barnstormers' preshow show was Disklavier-driven.
Corcoran commented that he was amazed that I would think that such a complex show could be performed with a Disklavier.
Mea culpa. Being an ardent computer fan as well as a jackleg musician, I was willing to believe that it was possible, although likely to be tricky and difficult. At any rate, having that as a mind set going into the review, I made comments accordingly and my comments are accordingly in error.
What can I say? I'm as perfect as "a hundred-and-twenty-year-old man who hates rock 'n' roll" can be.
• Keith Hutcheson, formerly with the Boyz, is now singing with Hybrid Ice, a band from northern Pennsylvania, according to Rob Pickett over at Modern Music Outlet. Pickett says the move was because HI is drawing attention from several labels.
The Recording Industry Comes to Louisville
Well, sort of. There are several independent labels in town, two of them newly founded with new product.
• Marvin Maxwell, of Mom's Musician's General Store and Recording Studio has founded Mom's Records, primarily to promote the Spanky Lee CD, which is doing very, very well. The album is for sale in 13 stores in and around the Louisville area and it is selling in the top ten in all thirteen stores.
The tune that's getting the most airplay is "If You Can't Be Good (Be Bad With Me.)" The regional activity has been sufficient to attract the interest of two management companies, one from New York and one from Los Angeles.
• Dale Cashon of Louisville and George Weisiger of Radcliff have founded Bongo Records. The label's first effort, due out in August, is What About It . . . -- a first effort by the Roz Tate Band as well.
The album was recorded over a period of a year, first at the now-defunct Juniper Hill Studio in Louisville, then at Artec Studios in Salem, Ind. The material, all Tate originals, is described as a combination of Midwestern rock blended with rhythm and blues.
The band has three shows scheduled at the Grand Theater in New Albany -- on August 3, August 17 and September 7.
For more information, call (502) 351-7744.
• Charlie Walls, of Music Man Records in Springfield, Ky., says that a video for Johnie Pierce and the Dawnbreakers is being assembled at WGRB TV in Campbellsville, Ky. Pirece has a following in the area and the station manager is videotaping several shows featuring Pierce. A music video will be put together from the batch. Walls says that Country Music Television has expressed interest in seeing the finished product.