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Band makes its local debut this week

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First Night On Earth will make their local debut with a CD Release Party at Mojo's Restaurant & Spirits on Friday, November 30. The band features Wes Grasty (vocals/guitar), Stephen Yount (guitar), Chris London (bass), Vance Carlisle (drums) and Tina Cargill (keys, guitar, backing vocals). The CD is titled no one knows anything for sure, and it's being released by Charlotte-based Liquilab Records. It's set to be available in stores on December 4. For more info, visit www.firstnightonearth.com. Some of Grasty's former Laburnum bandmates will also be making a debut of their own the same night. Bellglide, featuring Adam Roth (bass), John Cates (drums), Taylor Short (guitar) and newcomer Slappy (vocals, piano, rhythm guitar) will open the show at 10:30pm.

* NC native and Charlotte resident Wil Seabrook recently landed a deal with Maverick Records. Seabrook's first album was released last year on the independent Chicago Kid Records where he worked with famed 70s producer John Ryan. His last performance in town will be Wednesday, November 28 at Ri Ra. Soon he'll be heading to Los Angeles to begin work on a new album for Maverick. Seabrook's signing also marks the second band with Charlotte ties to be signed to Maverick recently. As reported in the last edition of In Tune, teen rockers Justincase were also signed to the label earlier this month.

* Carolina Calling, a new musical variety show, will be taping sessions at Spirit Square on Friday and Saturday, December 14-15. Tapings will be held from 1-5pm and 6:30-8:30pm each day and are open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Sessions are done in 45-minute segments so audience members may come and go between segments. The show, hosted by Arthur Smith, will feature live performances from local, regional and national acts and is set to air in April 2002 on the UNC-TV network. For more info, call 704-366-9336.

* Neglected Sheep have a song featured on the CD Baby Compilation, The World Will Remember. All proceeds from the CD, which is available for purchase online at www.worldremembers.org, will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

* 4th Ward have completed their second CD, Wonderland, with Jamie Hoover at Hooverama. The band plans to give away some advance promotional copies featuring selected songs from the disc at their show on Thursday, November 29 at the Double Door. The disc will be released sometime in December.

World Class Fad will be performing an early set at 8pm the same night. This will be the band's last show before the New Year and it'll feature some of their new material.

* The Groove Doctors have released a new CD titled House Calls. The album is the product of veteran Charlotte songwriter/producer Bill Bradford and contains 11 original tracks. Maria Howell, Sandy Bell and Tanja Bechtler contributed to a few of the tracks. House Calls, which is available at Borders, Record Exchange, Wax Museum and Ernie's, was released on the Mighty Congo label, a new label subsidiary of Bradford's Charlotte-based Spirit Records.

* The Magic Band of Gold, featuring Jim Shafer, The Eggman and Liz Luke from the Magic 96.1 morning show, were in the studio last month working on their second CD. Backing up the morning team are guitarists Robert McClure and David O'Donnell, saxophonist James Brown and drummer Tracy Scism. The band recorded at True Sound Studio in Matthews.

* You've all probably heard and maybe even seen by now, how the current movie Shallow Hal, which was shot almost entirely in Charlotte, features lots of familiar local sights. One Charlotte band was even fortunate enough to get some nice mug time. That's Hipshack doing their thing toward the end of the movie at a party being thrown for Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Rosemary. Unfortunately, the band's music didn't make the soundtrack, but the guys definitely get a few quality minutes in the flick.

* The Charlotte Blues Society will host their annual Holiday Party & Concert on Sunday, December 2 at the Double Door. Atlanta's Sean Costello will be the featured performer. The party starts at 8pm and it's absolutely free for members (nonmembers pay $8).

* Lots of local bands and promoters are hosting benefits this week: Nasty Promotions are hosting their annual holiday fundraiser Saturday, December 1 at Tremont Music Hall. The show will feature 10 bands, and proceeds will go to the Americares Heroes' Fund, which benefits the immediate families of the New York police officers, firefighters and Port Authority who were killed on September 11. Doors open at 7pm and cover is $8/$10.

SuperGlide will host their annual charity event, the Jingle Bell Jam, this Saturday at Amos' Southend. For admission, patrons are asked to bring an unwrapped Christmas gift for an underprivileged child (minimum $15 value). The gifts will be distributed through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Explorers Christmas Project.

And on Sunday, December 2, a benefit for Faith Lynn Kee Hunt will be held at the Irish Cue in Cornelius. Earlier this year, at just 4-1/2 months old, Hunt suffered a stroke and now requires round the clock care. Cast Iron Filter and the Bargain Basement Blues Band are among the acts scheduled to perform. The show begins at 5pm and cover will be $5 members/$6 nonmembers. *

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