A new band will make their debut October 2 at Mojo Restaurant & Spirits. Jump Jenkins features Scoot (lead vocals/acoustic and electric guitar), Kerry Brooks (acoustic and electric bass), Brian Sullivan (drums), Ziad (saxophone) and Phil Kirby (percussion). The group performs original songs, including material from Scoot's previous solo releases. The band also recently recorded a five-song EP at Jim Brock's Studio. The band's next show in town is October 17 at Amos' Southend.
Scoot has also been selected to perform on the Kevin Gilbert Tribute CD, which is scheduled for a national release. His song, "Tired Old Man" will be featured on the album. For more info, visit www.kevingilbert.com or www.scootmusic.com.
The Charlotte Blues Society (CBS) will host its 8th annual Blues Talent Competition on Sunday, October 6, at the Double Door Inn. Low-Down Blues Unit, Bluesville, The Rusty Davis Band, Uncle Jam Band, Tony & Robin Rogers, Gubmint Cheeze, Cotton Mouth, Delta Moon, Aaron & The Innovators and Contagious will compete for the chance to perform at the International Blues Competition, which will be held in Tennessee early next year. Doors open at 2pm and the first round of competition begins at 2:30pm. Cover is $8 for nonmembers and $5 for CBS members. For more details, call the CBS hotline at 704-331-8871.
Beginning this month, The Naked Truth songwriters round will only be held once a month -- the fourth Thursday -- at the Evening Muse. The TV show no longer airs on cable channel 18, but can still be found at the same time and same day (10:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month) on cable channel 21.
Michael McBride, the fella with the giant guitars, was invited to appear at the first annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which was held in Texas this past weekend. Ryan Adams, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Randolph and Emmylou Harris were among the artists scheduled to perform at the event.
Eric Lovell and David Childers will be touring across the UK for a couple of weeks later this month. In addition to hooking up with Scotsman Martin Stephenson for a few shows, they'll be appearing at several festivals as well. For a look at their itinerary, check out www.ericlovell.com or www.davidchilders.com.
Local promoter and artist manager Eric Floyd is presenting the Diva Fever Revue Concert Series every Saturday through December at the Thoroughbred Lounge, located at 4925 Rozzelles Ferry Rd. Each show will feature host Wanda Dee & The KLF along two other divas. Carol Douglas ("Doctor's Orders), Anita Ward ("Ring My Bell") and Thelma Houston ("Don't Leave Me This Way") are among the acts scheduled to perform. Tickets for each show cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The House of Mercy in Belmont. The divas will also sign CDs each Saturday from 2-4pm at White Rabbit Books, located at 1401 Central Ave. Floyd will also be presenting a special Halloween show on Thursday, October 31, with Grace Jones. Tickets for this show will cost $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more details, call the club at 704-399-0854.