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The ever busy folks from the Charlotte chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) are presenting "Stage Performance," a lecture and workshop with Livingston Taylor at the Evening Muse. (If you can't tell from the photo, Liv has a well known brother named James.) The workshop will be held from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 24 and cost $40 ($37 for NSAI members). Taylor, who will be performing the night before at the Neighborhood Theatre, also teaches at The Berklee School of Music. In addition to giving performance tips and examples, Taylor will be doing a limited number of performance reviews for several of the attendees. For more details, call 704-541-5658 or 704-844-6355 or go to www.NSAICharlotte.com or www.livtaylor.com.

The D.B. Bryant Band will be opening for .38 Special on Thursday, May 15 at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. For more details on the show go to www.dbbryantband.com.

On a similar note, Contagious will be playing the side-stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 10 for the ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Kenny Wayne Sheperd show.

The guys from Backyard Green are calling it quits later this month. The band will fulfill the remainder of their full-band gigs, but no more shows will occur after May 31. Craig and Rich will continue to perform acoustic shows around Charlotte, but will probably use a different name. Fans can continue to buy CDs and t-shirts until they run out, with all CDs marked down to $5 to clear the inventory. The band's website (www.backyardgreen.com) will also remain intact for the immediate future for details on future projects and such.

An auction is currently underway at The Ride's (95.7 FM) website -- www.957theride .com -- for a Takamine guitar autographed by the Eagles. The band's longtime producer (and Mitchell County resident) Bill Szymczyk arranged the auction with generous help from the band and the folks at The Ride. Proceeds will benefit Mitchell County's SafePlace, the county's only domestic violence shelter. Bids can be made through June 1.

Peace Night at Talley's Cafe Verde is taking place every Saturday night from 7-9pm. Organizers invite poets, artists and musicians to participate in the open mic event. For more details, call Melvin at 704-953-1326.

Want to play on the Vans Warped Tour or win some cool stuff? Charlotte area bands have three ways to win in the Monster Energy/Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 7. To be considered for the Vans Warped Tour, bands must enter by May 21 through uploading photos, a bio and a one-song MP3 audio file on the Battle of the Bands 7 site (www.ernieball.com). For each tour stop, a panel of judges will select four bands to perform on the "Ernie Ball Local Heroes Mobile Stage" at the venue nearest them. (The tour is scheduled to make a stop in Charlotte at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 28.) All bands registering by June 14 will also be eligible to win thousands of dollars in music gear, as fans vote online June 15 through September 3 for their favorite band. A panel of judges will also choose four bands from all Battle 7 entries to play at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA in October in front of a room full of industry executives. For more info on the Battle, contact Ernie Ball at (800) 543-2255, or check out the website.

Machine Seven have recently added two new songs to their website at www.machineseven.com.

Karma has a new web address at www.karmaband.com.

The Recording Academy's The Art and Business of Music workshop that was to take place at the Great Aunt Stella Center on May 1 was cancelled due to lack of response. To inquire about future events, visit www. grammy.com.

As reported previously in Tim Davis' "Scene & Herd" column last week, Hootie & the Blowfish made a special appearance at the Double Door Inn on Wednesday, April 23. Hootie drummer, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld was playing in Don Dixon's band and at the end of the night Darius Rucker and the other Blowfish, apparently in town early for their CityFest Live performance, joined Dixon on stage for a few of his tunes.

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