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Belting it out: MotherJudge performs at the Wednesday open mike. Leif Zurmuhlen

ROUGH MIX

MOVING 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.

EIGHT 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.

MORE 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.

FUN 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.

—Kate Sipher

 

Got Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145 or ksipher@metroland.net.


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