it out: MotherJudge performs at the Wednesday open mike.
ON OVER: MotherJudge is moving her Wednesday-night open-mike
extravaganza, taking it from the Larkin Lounge by wagon
train and hopefully arriving across the dusty reaches of Central
Avenue at the Fuze Box by May 15. Joking aside, Caroline
Isachsen, who is MotherJudge (and yes, there is no Santa Claus),
is planning on holding the first Fuze Box open mike on Wednesday,
May 15 (get there at 8 PM to sign up), contrary to what you
may have heard. This Wednesday (May 8), the event will take
place at the Larkin.
IS ENOUGH: In true Dryer style, the band celebrated
their eighth anniversary together not with fanfare and parties,
but by breaking up. They have decided to part ways, with Rachael
Sunday taking a musical hiatus and guitarist Bob Carlton
and drummer Joel Lilley joining with two-fourths
(that’s half for you who must reduce your fractions) of the
dearly departed Users: Gene Davenport and Greg
Adams. This new band, the Sixfifteens, made their
debut last weekend at Valentine’s at a gig Dryer had booked.
After the breakup, Carlton asked Davenport at the last minute
to accompany him and Lilley (Davenport played his first gig
with his new band learning the chords via onstage yells).
Adams will play the Moog, but our guess is that the Users
fellas will share some bass and guitar responsibilities. Perhaps
part hunch, and partly due to the fact that Carlton says this
new incarnation is going to be a bit more experimental. Claiming
to be “more rock than indie,” the Sixfifteens are adamant
that they don’t want to be Dryer Part II. As mentioned, they
intend to play a bit more with sounds, and there’s two more
songwriters: Along with the Carlton- and Lilley-penned tunes
will be those written by Davenport (a “punk-rock Herman’s
Hermits,” says Carlton) and Adams. The Sixfifteens will play
completely and wholly on May 24 at Valentine’s, along with
John Brodeur and New York City-based the Damnwells.
BOB NEWS, SAME BOB STATION: The Anti-Freeze Rockout, being
put together by Bob Carlton, has now become the Rockout
(someone placed an ounce of reason into the boy’s head), and
the dates are now determined: The two-day mega-band extravaganza
held at various venues in Saratoga Springs will take place
July 5 and 6. Bands that wish to participate can send tapes
to: Desk Jet Booking, PO Box 121, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
You’ve got until the end of May, so start taping.
WITH THE SUN: This year’s SolarFest will take place in
Middletown Springs, Vt., on July 13. The event, which is entirely
solar-powered and takes place in a peaceful mountain hollow,
features musical performances, authors speaking on sustainable
living and a renewable-energy fair replete with displays,
vendors and workshops. “What does this have to do with me?”
you ask. Well, the organizers are seeking folks for a singer-songwriter
competition, and they invite all unsigned singer- songwriters
to enter. Ten finalists will compete on the main stage, opening
for the headlining act—which is yet to be announced. Prizes
include cash and recording-studio time, with the winner getting
to perform at SolarFest 2003 on the main stage. To enter,
send $10 to: SolarFest, PO Box 1052, Middletown Springs, VT
05757. Entries must be postmarked by June 15.
Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145