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* The Charlotte Blues Society (CBS) is celebrating its 9th anniversary on Sunday, April 7 at the Double Door Inn. Beth Chorneau, Part Time Blues Band and the Double Door's Monday Nite All-Stars will perform. Among an array of prizes that will be raffled is a Squier Stratocaster autographed by Jimmie Vaughan. Admission is free for CBS members, $8 for nonmembers or $5 if you have a ticket stub from either the Jimmie Vaughan or John Mayall show. For more details, call the CBS hotline at 704-331-8871 or e-mail info@carolinablues.com.

* The Ravelers have released a new EP titled, Prom Queen. According to the band, the four songs were actually culled from early sessions for a full length release, but due to the time it was going to take to finish that project, they decided to go ahead and release these tracks separately. The material from Prom Queen won't be featured on the full length CD. The band will celebrate the release of the EP at the Evening Muse on Friday, April 5. For more info, e-mail the band at ravcon@excite.com or visit www.mp3.com/theravelers.

* Carolina Calling is set to begin airing each Saturday from 8-9pm on the statewide UNC-TV Network, starting April 6. The homegrown series will be hosted by local music-and-TV legend Arthur Smith and will feature performances from local, regional and national artists with Carolina roots. Many of the segments were taped at Spirit Square, among other places.

* Karma is currently in Atlanta working on their new CD at Tree Sound Studios with Rick Beato (Flickerstick). The new disc, titled Running On Adrenaline is scheduled to be released later this year. Three new songs are already available on the band's website at www.karmaband.com. The band has also recently obtained management with Protocol Entertainment.

* The folks from Bayou Kitchen have announced they'll begin featuring bands on a regular basis starting this month (on Fridays and Saturdays) in their expanded "Gris-Gris Room" (formerly the space occupied by Elizabeth Billiards). For more info, call their office at 704-332-9028.

* Sckapegoat, Alex Mauldin, Gospelettes and One Six Conspiracy have all recently completed projects at Catalyst Recording. Kryonik Immortality, Defusion, Clout, Fat Tortoise Butcher and Dave Petty are currently in production at Catalyst. For more info, check out www.catalystrecording.com.

* Jason Sossoman is the new lead vocalist for Machine 7, who parted ways with singer Patrick Jason some time ago. The new line-up will make its debut on Friday, April 5 at Mojo Restaurant & Spirits. The band, who also received a spin on the nationally syndicated "Lex & Terry Morning Radio Network," have also redesigned their website at www.machineseven.com.

* 4th Ward has recruited Jeff Kephart (formerly of the Rory Lewis Band) as their new drummer.

* Bridge has a new member, too. Joe Patane is currently playing bass for the band.

* Singer/songwriters Don de Leaumont and Bert Wray have teamed up to form an acoustic bluegrass duo going by the name of the Back Porch Prophets. The new act also has a website at www.backporchprophets.indiegroup.com. Each of the guys will continue to perform solo gigs as well.

* Robot vs. Rabbit (RVR) have found a home for their upcoming release Trading The Witch For The Devil. Mandragora Records (www.mandragora.com), based in Northampton, MA will release the album as well as include the group on an upcoming compilation entitled Tryptaphonic Freak-Out! Vol. 1, which will also feature various psychedelic ensembles from around the world including Primordial Undermind and Reynols. The band is currently organizing a small tour for the month of May with the drone ensemble Yume Bitsu. Confirmed dates will be posted on the group's website at www.robotvsrabbit.com.

A split collaboration between Mark Hepp's project (of RVR), My Brother The Cyclops and Ohio noise artist Malpa titled, CYCLOAPE, will be released soon on the band's own Rabbot Recordings label. The release contains material in which Hepp and Malpa combined their own separate tracks to create new ones.

* Spoken word/performance artist Linda Sutton will perform throughout town this month in honor of April being National Poetry Month. Sutton, who released an album last year titled Linda & Interplay: the strings project, will be performing at the "For Sisters Only" event being held at the Charlotte Convention Center on April 6-7. At press time, Sutton was also tentatively scheduled to appear at the Evening Muse each Sunday throughout the month. For more details, go to www.muylindacreation.com. *

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