• The final three bands for the Miller Genuine Draft Original Music Showcase were announced on Wednesday, February 18. Muffy Panics, Cooler and 100 Acre Wood got the opportunity to do their show for Wild Justice Management – and whichever A&R persons could be arranged for – on Wednesday, February 25. Way to go, folks. Let us hope that some real records deals come from the series.
• Unless you are maxed with "been there, done that," then make plans to go to Steilberg String Instruments on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. for a free concert by Gregg Howard, master "stick player."
You say you don't know what a "stick player" is? That's someone who plays the "Stick," an electric stringed instrument played by hammering onto the fretboard with the fingers of both hands. Think of playing a twelve string guitar like a piano, sort of. It's difficult to describe but way cool to listen to when played by a good player.
Craig Wagner of the Java Men recently took up the Stick and is already using it occasionally in gigs,. according to Jimmy Steilberg, who is area's franchised dealer for the instruments. Steilberg heard Howard at the recent NAMM show in Nashville and immediately signed him up for this concert. It's a free show.
• Louisvillians old enough to recall Durlauf Music on 4th St or the DuPont Circle store will also no doubt remember the great old photos that adorned the walls. That collection is now on display in the "Gallery" at Falk Audio Service at 6303 Fern Valley Pass, plus additional photos from the University of Louisville Photo Archives. If you have any old music-related photos you would like to add, call Gary Falk at 962-1040.
• Former LASC'er Mark Gibbs has released his new tape and, in his letter, noted that he had gotten a royalty check for some overseas airplay of a song he wrote. He didn't mention the title, but that's okay, the fact that he got a check is a big step. Look for a review of his tape in an upcoming issue.
• Robin Embry wrote to let local musicians about his Local Music Website, where can you get your music on the Web. If you are from the Louisville-Metro area and are performing original music, then get listed (Photos, audio, schedule, and more). For more information, http://www.thepoint.net/~rembry or email@example.com or call Robin at 812-294-1789.
• Marie Augustine just finished up an Artist in Residence progam in Southern Indiana. She taught Ms. Nolot's class at Hazelwood Jr. High and Ms. Nierman's class at New Albany HS how to become musicians and songwriters - in the overview, as they say. After the music biz lessons and the band organizing and practice, she took two classes on the road, "touring" and performing country and rock and roll. Marie said they were a smash.
• David La Duke, editor and publisher of BallBuster - the Official Int'l Underground Hard Music Report has released BallBuster Hard 4. It's available at Barnes & Noble and all New Age Gift locations, plus huge, long list of retailers around the country and overseas.
• Presidents come, presidents go. No, I'm now talking about Bill Clinton, but presidents of various music associations around town. Acting Louisville Jazz Society Acting Prexy Jeannette Kays may get relief from those chores as soon as the LJS Board formally appoints an as-yet-unnamed volunteer.
Over at the Kyana Blues Society, LMN blues columnist Keith Clements has been succeeded by Brenda Major.
As a recovering president myself, I encourage you to support the officers of whatever organization you belong to – they need all the help they can get. And, if you think that the "perks" of the job are enough help, take note of the fact that these days, the "perks" mean you get to do all the work that nobody wants to do.
• Time to clean those bookshelves, friends, the Kentucky Opera needs nearly any books you can spare for their annual Book Sale fund-raiser, scheduled for April 17-19 at Trinitity High Alumi Hall. Call the Opera at 584-4500 for more information.
• The Berklee College of Music in Boston has announced a Summer Songwriting Workshop, set for August 12-15. Contact them at 617-747-2245 for more inoformation.
• Bassist Mark Richardson (Robbie Bartlett, Steve Ferguson) is now working at Mel Owens Music in St. Matthews. Of course, he invites all his friends to come see him.
• Winston Hardy spent a little time in the hospital, having his aged ticker worked on. A trip to a specialist on the West Coast may be in the works.
• In case you're working on your "get-out-of-town before Derby" plans but you still would like to catch a little music (or a lot), take note that the 29th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be percolating away from April 24 through May 3. In keeping with the latitude, they've booked Jimmy Buffett and Ziggy Marley, plus a bunch of locals.
• Rube Yelvington of Music Ranch USA down in West Point has discovered that Louisville and Jefferson County music fans are fickle. When it comes to bigtime bluegrass, the attitude is often overt indifference, at least if it means driving outside of the Snyder Freeway. However, all is not lost, as Rube has decided that a bluegrass jam session can attract a real crowd. At least, that's what he hopes. The jam sessions will fire up after the regular bluegrass shows onthe second and third Friday of each month. If all this detail is too much for you, call him at 502-922-9393 and he'll fill you in.
• Jazz singers, take note. It's gettin' on towards time for the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and "Hot Jazz-6 Coll Nights"concert series at North Central College in Naperville, Il. For more info, contact Borla at 630-416-3911.
• Manuel Dewey Clark, Jr. (Old Joe Clark), 75, died on February 20. Clark was a fixture at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Renfro, KY for the past 50 years. The annual bluegrass festival at Renfro Valley was named after him.
• Eddie Lee "Duke" Jones, 65, died on February 11. He was a member of the Riverview Spiritual Singers.
• Lillie Scott Holloway, 94, died February 11 in Louisville. She was a music teacher for the old Louisville Public School Systems for 33 years.