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Between Iraq And A Hard Place

Local folkie sings about war

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Local folk music performer Si Kahn has recorded three songs concerning our nation's threatened war against Iraq. Kahn recorded the songs with the help of blues musician Scott Ainslie and producer Chris Garges, who handles recording and mixing duties on the project. Interested parties may download the songs for free by going to www.commcure.com/sikahn/.

Puckett's Farm Equipment is hosting something called Hooverfest 2003 on February 13. The event, which features three bands that have recently worked with local producer extraordinaire Jamie Hoover, features Crisis, 4th Ward and Major Nelson. The show starts at 8:30pm. For more information, call 704-597-8230.

Mt. Holly's own David Childers recently spent time with producer Don Dixon at Reflection Sound Studios. This is the first time in the studio for Childers since 1999 -- his last two albums, A Good Way to Die and Blessed in an Unusual Way, were recorded via four- and eight-track recorders. No word yet on what the sessions will look like in finalized form, so check out www.davidchilders.com for updates.

The 11th Annual Johnson Valentine Bash will be held Friday, February 14, from 10pm-2am at the Visulite Theatre. The show is a benefit concert for R.A.I.N., the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and features Chris Johnson's band, Hardcore Lounge, as well as Elevator Action, DJ Jim Grindle, Blue Collar DJ and DJ Redwiggler. For more information, call 704-358-9200. Additionally, Hardcore Lounge has announced the addition of a new bass player, Dean Lovette, formerly of the band Flounder.

10mm Omega and Liquilab Records are having a label showcase for three consecutive Thursdays beginning February 20. February 20 features First Night On Earth, February 27 boasts the Houston Brothers, and March 6 showcases baleen. In addition, Jah-Sun Rising will spin records for all of the above dates.

Concord-based folksinger Don de Leaumont has just released a new album, Postcards From Ghost Town. For more on de Leaumont or to order the CD, click onto www.donontheweb.com. In addition, Don de Leaumont will be opening for Kevn Kinney February 22 at the Sylvia Theatre.

Tremont Music Hall will host a Metro Band Showcase on February 16, beginning at 3:30pm. Featured are high school bands Something Jed, Old Fashioned and Hatch. Local bands include Alabaster Suitcase, Status Flow, Shiver, The Residence, Statefish, Machine 7 and Extra Medium. Tickets are $8, and readmission will be granted.

Rob Tavaglione of Catalyst Recording reports that he's been working with Berklee College of Music graduate Alex Mauldin on a live double album to be released by 88 Records. Tavaglione also recently completed engineering work on a record by the Macedonia Baptist Church Choir and an album of a cappella yogic chants by Etheric singer and yoga instructor Christine Navarro.

John Morris of Snagglepuss has completed a new website for the band. Snagglebeat.com, in addition to being the home site for Snagglepuss, was designed, according to Morris, to be "a hub for other musicians, artists, and event throwers as well, both local and national... In a section titled "The Good Earth,' we hope to offer more info and pictures of bands we've shared the stage with, and groups that we've bonded with in the past. In the section called "Shows,' we will list upcoming Snagglepuss shows, but we also hope to put extensive show and event listings here with the emphasis on Rock artists." Additionally, the site will have a section titled "Family Tree," which, if you know anything about Snagglepuss, ought to be rather large.

The band Bessie Mae's Dream is holding a CD release concert February 15 at the Visulite Theatre for their new disc Blind Man Sunset. The master of ceremonies for the event will be WNCW's Uncle Dave, host of the "Dead Air" program. According to the band, advance copies of the record are being played in 15 different markets along the East Coast. The record was produced by Paul Wexler, who has worked on various projects with folks including the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and The B-52's.

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