Paul Moffett

Down On The Corner
By Paul Moffett

Man, when I make errors, I make errors. There were several typos in the last issue. I swear I'm trying to get a proofreader, but since schools no longer appear to be teaching children grammer and spelling, the available candidates are older, few in number and/or too expensive for LMN. I'll keep on struggling and, meanwhile, please forgive me my goofs.

The Associated Male Choruses of America, Inc. have announced their first to-be-annual Male Chorus Composition Contest. Songwriters and composers are invited to submit original compositions for male chorus. The entry deadline is July 1, 1997. Prizes up to $500, performance and publishing opportunities go to the winners. For more information, contact William Bates, AMCA Executive Secretary, Box 106 RR1, Dunsford, Ontario, Canada K0M 1L0.

Kelly Richey called to tell DotC about her new production deal, which was announced as a "record deal with Motown Records" by Laura Shine on her WFPK WomanWaves show.

It's not quite a record deal. Instead, the Kelly Richey Band has inked a deal with a production company, two members of which are executives with Motown. The company will polish up the band, help assemble a complete team and get a finished package together to present to Motown.

"It's a really, really good production deal," Richey said. The connection was made as a result of KRB playing a showcase in Las Vegas, set up by a Louisville firm with family connections to Motown. Her new management company in Cincinatti also has Motown in its background.

The band just finished a recording "Hey Joe," with Bruce Walker, President of Mo Jazz, Motown's jazz arm, producing the session. "We really clicked," Richey said of Walker. "And I don't click with that many people.

"We were in Las Vegas for four days. We went in the studio at seven p.m. one night and came out at three a.m. and it was all done."

As for Motown, new projects are hung up in end of year budget constraints, which will give the Kelly Richey Band and the the production company time to work on the presentation and apply a little polish to the act.

"We're not radio-ready yet, and I don't know that I know how to get us there" Richey conceded, but she thinks her new team knows. "I'm really, really excited," she said, a bold statement for a seriously cynical blues musician. Stay tuned.

Would Bela Lugosi have danced the lead? The Louisville Ballet will present the world premiere of Dracula, choreographed by Artistic Director Alun Jones, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The ballet is based strictly on Bram Stoker's novel, so forget Hollywood variations on the vampire theme. Call 584-7777 for tickets and information.

The Louisville Chorus will have a fund-raising "Music of the Night" Dinner Concert, catered by Vincenzo's, at Union Station on November 9. The concert will feature tunes from various Broadway shows, including The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Contact Therese Davis at (502) 895-7070 for information.

Jim Snyder thinks I make errors in listing his TKR Public Access Show, "Writer's Night," just so I can mention it every month. I don't think that's true, but in any case, last month I did omit the new time and day for the program, which now runs on Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m., when even the rowdiest musician might be up and about. The show is on Channel 18.

The Austin Songwriters Group has announced its 1996 Songwriting Contest. The contest will offer cash prizes will totaling $3,800, but no breakdown was unveiled. The postmark deadline is November 30, 1996. For info and entry forms, call 512-458-9069 or write: ASG, PO Box 2578, Austin, TX 78768.

The 1996 Intermountain Songwriting Contest, sponsored by the Utah Songwriters Association is open for entries. Deadline is January 31. 1997. The Grand Prize is $500, First Place in any of the four categories is $100. For info and entry forms, write USA Contest, P. O. Box 571325, Salt Lake City, Utah 84157.

1997 Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Competition Judges have been announced. This year, the judges are Tori Amos, Joe Satriani, Bob Mould, Vince Gill and Buddy Guy. The competition is open to all unsigned bands and artists of every genre. Deadline for entries is December 31, 1996. For rules and entry form, call Musician Magazine's toll-free hotline at 1-888-BUB-2WIN.

Talent Discovery Contest Starfest '97. Somebody promoting this event called last month and began the phone conversation by complaining that LMN had not printed anything about it. I'll mention it in spite of that publicist's bad manners. The event is a fund-raiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennesse and for an entry fee of only $25, you might get selected to perform on a UCP television program on January 18 & 19, for a presumptive audience of 600,000 Nashvillians, some of whom might be music industry folk. This is known as exposure.

For info, call 615-242-4091. I'm sure they'll be enthusiatic.

Singer/Songwriter Tanya Savory had a gig opening for The Kennedys at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in October. Savory moved to the Louisville area a couple of years back.

Club Changes

Steve Gray and Darrell Creech bought the Sahara Pat Durbin. Mary's Place on Poplar Level. Changes in the works opening during the day, lunches, open seven nights a week. Live music will continue but maybe changes in the format.

Vivarozzi's has begun having live music on Friday and Saturday's.

Key Changes

Edna Whitney Louis, 83, died October 7 in Houston, Texas. She was a violinist for the Louisville Orchestra for 32 years and played with the Texas Opera Theater in Houston.