Lenny Federal and Lindsey Horne have recently joined musical instructors Jon Singleton and Willie Hudson on staff at the Community School of the Arts Albemarle Road location. Federal is teaching guitar and Horne is teaching piano.
A new musical instruction center has opened in north Charlotte. Jason Pickard and Tim Bain recently founded Music49, located in the Shops at Lakeview off Harris Boulevard near I-77. Lessons in guitar, bass and drums are offered. In addition to a variety of other lessons that are available, special clinics will also be conducted. Pickard is former Director of the Mars Music Learning Center. For more details, call the center at 704-599-1230 or visit www.music49.net.
Dolph Ramseur of Ramseur Records is bringing UK singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson back to the states next month. Stephenson will be hooking up with David and Rob Childers, Eric Lovell, Randolph Lewis, The Avett Brothers, Jim Brown, Danielle Howle and many more for dozens of dates across the southeast. On Friday, July 18, Stephenson will make a stop in Charlotte at the Evening Muse.
The long running Bill Hanna Jazz Jam featuring Ziad, Donnie Marshall and Gerard Benson has found a new home at the Double Door Inn every Thursday night. Various special guests usually join Hanna and company each week.
John Morris of Snagglepuss has a new project he's calling Tyre Fyre. Morris will be joined most often by Brent Dunn of the Alternative Champs along with a rotating cast of drummers. The band will make their debut Friday, June 20, at the Double Door Inn with Les Dirt Clods.
Speaking of the Clods: Those fellas recently returned to Rick Miller's studio, Kudzu Ranch, in Mebane, NC, for another long weekend of recording. The band hopes to release their first full-length record in September.
Hardcore Lounge has added a new vocalist, Charron O'Brien. Band members Chris and Wesley Johnson recently returned from yet another trip to Southeast Asia where they documented the May 2003 Full Moon Party. The brothers shot additional footage to be included in several music videos for a DVD release they hope to have out before year's end.
The Stragglers (Woody Mitchell, Tom Kuhn, Rob Thorne, Joe Smith and John Wicker) have released a new album titled, Carolina Boogie. The material was engineered by Art Bordeaux at the Sound Farm and produced and mixed by the band.
Sckapegoat, Jason Kempton, Mr. Drysdale and Status Flow recently completed projects with Rob Tavaglione at Catalyst Recordings.
Weedeater has regrouped and is back in action after a lengthy hiatus. The band's current roster consists of Aaron Willis (vocals), Keith Inman (guitar), Tom Marks (bass) and Joe Detullio (drums). They're hoping to release a new CD next month.
Tesser will have a new line-up for their show Friday, June 20, at the Evening Muse. Drummer Scott Wagstaff has been replaced by Mark Kaufman and bassist Ron Brendle is now playing with the band as well.
The recent on-air fund drive at Gaston College's WSGE 91.7 FM (its first ever) raised $19,000 for the station. With the funds raised, WSGE hopes to double the station's power from 3,000 to 6,000 watts as well as update its studio equipment.
Around the region: The seventh annual AthFest Music & Arts Festival will take place June 19-22 in Athens, GA. The event will feature over 120 bands performing on two free outdoor stages and at various local venues. Performers include David Barbe, Bill Mallonee, Slackdaddy, Shalini (featuring Mitch Easter), Sugarland, The Eskimos, Five-Eight, Maserati, Jet By Day, I Am The World Trade Center and the debut appearance of the Cindy Wilson Band (of the B-52s). AthFest club performances ("Club Crawl") will have an admission charge for unlimited access to participating venues (subject to age and capacity restrictions). Wristbands can be purchased for $10 per night or $15 for the full event. For more info, call the AthFest hotline at 706-548-1973 or visit www.athfest.com.
Western Carolina University's second annual CulloWHEE! ArtsFest is taking place Friday and Saturday, June 20-21. This year's headliners include Collective Soul, Delbert McClinton, Nanci Griffith, Edwin McCain and Acoustic Syndicate. For more details on the event, call the school's Ramsey Center toll free at 866-WCU-FEST or go to www.cullowheeartsfest.com. Following the festival, WCU will present two nights of concerts featuring some of the most prominent dulcimer musicians from across the country. Performers for the concerts, June 21-22, include Phyllis and Jim Gaskins, Ralph Lee Smith, Neal Hellman, Robert Force, Kenneth Bloom, Lois Hornbostel and many more. The shows are part of Western's Mountain Dulcimer Week, considered one of the country's most comprehensive programs of instruction.