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Live from Downtown Concord

A new venue, a new album, and more music news

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A newly restored part of downtown Concord is getting a new music venue. On Friday, November 15 the George Washington Bookstore & Tavern, located at 16 South Union Street, will host its Grand Opening. The venue, a building that's 102 years old, will spotlight live music Thursday through Saturday. Currently there are also plans to install digital video cameras for live video and audio broadcasts over the Internet. It'll also be a non-smoking environment, but there is a large covered back porch for smokers. Booking agent Justin Daigler says the club will be offering rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass and country for the time being. In the near future he hopes to introduce an Americana night as well. Any artists interested in performing at the new room can send a press kit to: The George Washington Bookstore and Tavern, c/o Justin Daigler, 16 South Union St., Concord, NC 28025. A new album from Leisure McCorkle will be released Tuesday, November 5. The album, titled Jet Set Baby is being released by the Charlotte-based label, MoRisen Records which was founded by Chuck Morrison. The band is also heading out on tour to support the new release. Stops include everywhere from LA to the International Pop Overthrow Festival in NYC in December.

Babyshaker have plans to record a song from the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack that will later be included on a tribute compilation which will be released in Italy.

The Jukebox Hero were recently a featured guest on the Allan Handleman Show, a nationally syndicated radio show which airs locally each Sunday night on WRFX-FM.

Earlier this month The Money in Rock Hill wrapped up its "Battle of the Bands 3 Contest." Grand prize winners were: (first place) Rebel, (second place) Sideways Eight and (third place) Thread. The club's East Coast Showcase will begin Sunday, November 10. Nearly 180 bands will be competing each Sunday night through October 2003. Bands interested in competing must submit an entry form along with promo material as soon as possible. For more info, call the club at 803-329-7927 or check out www.themoneyrh.com.

The folks at the Free Times in Columbia, SC are currently planning for the fourth Colossal Music Crawl. The event is a multi-venue festival of local and regional bands that will be held in Columbia in the spring of 2003. Some of the participating bands will also be featured on a Colossal Music Crawl CD. To apply for participation, bands/artists need to submit a CD of original music (at least two songs), a brief bio, complete contact information and a $10 application fee to: Free Times, 3105 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205. For more info, call 803-765-0707 ext. 133 or email music@free-times.com. Submission deadline is December 1, 2002.

In studio news: Over at Reflection Sound Studios, Korn lead guitarist Brian Welch (aka Head), while in town for a show, recently recorded pieces for an upcoming collaboration with Limp Bizkit. In addition to LA engineer Andrew Scheps, local engineers Tracey Schroeder and Dave Puryear also worked on the project.

Local and regional artists who've been in the studio include Law of the Plague, Calvin Richardson, Daryle Ryce and Southern Junction.

Reflection Sound Mobile recorded gospel artist Twinkie Clark for the release Twinkie Clark & Friends -- Live in Charlotte. The material was mixed by producer/engineer Mark Williams. Reflection Mobile also recorded country artists Tammy Cochran and Mark McGuinn for upcoming episodes of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Road."

The studio has also partnered with UK record label Grapevine Records on a project titled Carolina Soul Survey: The Reflection Sound Story. The album contains 20 tracks of rare soul and funk music recorded at the studio in the 70s. More details on the release can be found at www.reflection sound.com/ reflectrecords.htm.

A new recording facility opened downtown recently. SounDesign 223 Studio features three separate production rooms with a ProTools HD3 system. For more details, call 704-334-5667 or e-mail soundesign223@hotmail.com.

And at Left of the Dial, The Blaring TVs and Enders Fight have each finished work on upcoming EPs.

By now you may have heard that Kid Rock was spotted at various places around town while here recently for a show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. After piecing various reports together we're pretty sure the Kid was at R.J. Gator's in the university area after his show where he jammed for nearly two hours with Dugi from Sunny Ledfurd. The following night he was seen hanging out with Edwin McCain at the Visulite Theatre (where McCain was performing) and later checked out Thomas Street Tavern.

Speaking of Sunny Ledfurd -- the band has a new line-up these days and also plans to release a new record sometime in December or January.

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