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Charlotte has recently become home to Entourage Music, a public relations, booking and event promotion company which is owned and operated by Erin Sellers and Melissa Morgan Crosby. Currently, the ladies have five acts on their roster: Mandorico, Part Time Heroes, Sugardaddy Superstar, A New Way Home and tentilfour. This week they're in the midst of hosting the Entourage Invasion, which, along with a live music showcase, will include several events that should benefit local musicians. Thursday, October 3 from 6-9pm is "Musician's Night" at the Evening Muse. They're inviting any artist or group to come meet with them and they'll offer you advice on ways to improve your website, press kit and publicity photo (of course, you'll need to bring print outs), as well as answer any general music business questions. There's no fee for the service, but they are encouraging participants to make a $10 contribution to the Sweet Relief Musician's Fund, which provides assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems (www.sweetrelief.org). The following day, October 4, you can join Entourage in a "Virtual Lunch Hour Chat" from 11am-1pm at UBL.com. Enter the "alternative music" chat room at www.ubl.com to discuss the local music scene with Sellers and Crosby as well as some of the members from the bands they represent. The "Entourage Music Showcase" will be held from 9pm-2am at Fat City on Saturday, October 5. The show will feature Mandorico, A New Way Home, Sugardaddy Superstar and Jr. James & The Late Guitar. There will be a cover charge for the show (call the club at 704-343-0240). And on Sunday, October 6, they'll present the "12 Step Program for Booking Gigs" from 6-8pm at Caribou Coffee on East Boulevard. They'll offer tips on how to book shows and they'll have sample contracts and advance sheets available. This event will also be free to participants, but they will accept donations for Sweet Relief again. For more details on any of the events, e-mail erin@myentourage.com or melissa@myentourage.com or check out their website at www.myentourage.com.

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.

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