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Chronic No More

Area outfit calls it quits

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After seven years of playing together, the funk-based outfit known as Chronic has decided to call it quits. The band, which consisted of the four original members Chris Revels, Bryman Suttle, David Barstow and Tito Wilkes who were often joined by a horn section and additional musicians over the years, will perform their last show on Friday, July 26 at Midtown 51. During their career, the band released two discs, The Superfunk and Modern Soul Food. They'd like to sincerely thank their friends and family for all of their support and they leave best wishes for a happy, funky life to all of them.

Another Charlotte band has also called it quits recently. Tokyo Machine is no longer, but two of the members will continue performing together in a new project. Shannon Small and Ryan Pace have now teamed up with Will Coletrain to form The Envelopes. The band is looking to recruit two additional members and they'll begin recording with Jamie Hoover this week.

Some changes are taking place at The Naked Truth (TNT) songwriters round, which is held on the second and forth Thursday of the month at the Evening Muse. The event's founder and longtime host Mataya will now step aside from time to time as Trip Rogers and Mike Corrigan will begin hosting the showcase on a regular basis. Mataya, however, will fill in as needed and will still be the coordinator of the event. "I'm just trying to create more community involvement, and bring freshness to the event as it evolves through the years," says Mataya. "If ever I can't be a part of TNT, I want it to be healthy enough to stand on its own with community support," she adds.

The upcoming TNT on Thursday, July 25, will also be a little different as TNT presents The SongFinishers Showcase. The SongFinishers are a co-writing project for songwriters who meet on a regular basis. Bruce Johnson and Karen Pentek will co-host the event on this night and there will be three main "songwriting anchors" during the showcase with the fourth seat used as a "revolving songwriter" seat. Thomas Hendley, Anje Seufert and Clark Hoyle will be the three main performers. The "revolving seat" will feature various additional SongFinishers throughout the evening.

The Talk are headed out on a cross-country tour as they make their way to Los Angeles for an appearance at the fifth annual International Pop Overthrow (IPO) showcase. They'll return just in time for a show on Saturday, August 3 at the Double Door Inn with the Aqualads.

Speaking of the Aqualads: Guitarists Jimmy King and Jeremy DeHart have reformed the band for a few summer shows and they've recruited a couple of new members -- Bob Nelson (guitar) and Jeremy Holcomb (drums).

Michael McBride and his giant guitars are hitting primetime television in Korea, of all places. Brian Kim, the New York-based producer for the Korean show This Amazing World, got wind of McBride's work and wanted to do a segment on him for the series. McBride says the program is a special interest show similar to That's Incredible or Ripley's Believe It or Not. Kim and his crew will be in town this week to interview McBride and to film footage of his guitar shop where he's currently working on his third guitar. Friday, July 26, McBride will set up the huge axes for a demonstration in front of the Double Door Inn and everyone is invited to stop by and watch. The TV crew will be getting commentary from some of the folks who drop in. The next day (Saturday, July 27), McBride will be appearing on behalf of the Charlotte Blues Society at the Afro-American Cultural Center, located at 401 N. Myers St., for their Family Day event. For more details, visit www.GiantGuitars.CJB.net.

WEND 106.5 and its local show 90 Minutes have released a new compilation titled The Best of 90 Minutes, Volume II. The CD features the 12 following area bands: Bel Air Saints, Bridge, Dead Beat Baby, Djinn, The Evoka Project, The Five L's, frontpage, Jester Fizz, Mercybox, The Superficials, U-Phonik and Weekend Excursion. The record is available at all area Best Buy, Media Play and Turtles Music outlets as well as Manifest Discs & Tapes for $7.99, with proceeds benefiting the Shelter Medical Clinic and March of Dimes. Three live showcases featuring the bands were held recently in town to help promote the CD. 90 Minutes airs each Sunday at 9pm. For more details on the program or the disc, go to www.1065.com.

At a recent show at Charlie Brown's in Matthews, Pocketfull of Strange was joined on stage by members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, who were in town performing at a festival in Union County. Guitarist Russ Brinnier says it was a great experience and the crowd was delighted. The band is currently working on a new release.

Due to production delays with their new CD, Memphis Quick 50 did not get to release their disc on July 13 at Mojo's Restaurant & Spirits as planned. The official CD Release Party is now scheduled for September 7 at the Evening Muse. For more details, go to www.memphisquick50.com.

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