Charlotte's own Mark Zenow, who manages the band Weekend Excursion, has recently joined forces with Rusty Harmon (former longtime manager of Hootie & The Blowfish) to form Murphy To Manteo. MTM is an agency designed to help clients with their entertainment, sponsorship and event planning needs. Zenow and Harmon's combined experience includes stints with The Grammy Awards, Anheuser-Busch, Clemson University, Dick Clark Productions, ESPN, Farm Aid and First Union/Wachovia, to name a few. Zenow will continue to be based in Charlotte while Harmon will work from Raleigh.
In Weekend Excursion news, the band is still overseas performing for American military troops. Recent stops included Korea and Japan. They're due to return back to the states on September 8. A few of the band's songs will be featured on the upcoming Dawson's Creek DVD. In addition, the band released their first live CD earlier this summer. Are We On Yet? features 12 tracks and is available only through their website, www.weekendexcursion.com, or at their live shows.
The organizers of Festival In The Park have decided to add a little more music to the event this year so they're featuring an entire day of Americana music. Playing on Saturday as part of the "Americana Music Day" are Tater, David Childers, Strictly Clean & Decent, Mama Said, Michael Reno Harrell, The Stragglers and the Spongetones.
In addition, Delta Moon, A Sign Of The Times Big Band and Odetta are scheduled to perform on Friday as part of the 5th annual Blues Experience hosted by the Afro-American Cultural Center.
The festival, held every year at Freedom Park, runs Thursday, September 18, through Sunday, September 21. For more details, go to www.festivalinthepark.org.
Dave Harris has had a busy summer over at Studio B Mastering. Harris mastered the latest from locals such as the Houston Brothers, David Childers, The Noise and Jester Fizz. In addition, he also handled the mastering for Disasterpiece Theatre which is Soni Sonefeld, Mark Bryan and Dean Felber of Hootie & The Blowfish. Those guys have been working on a new CD of instrumentals. Chapel Hill's Trailer Bride brought in their new Bloodshot Records release, Hope is a Thing With Feathers, for mastering, too. The album was recorded at Kudzu Ranch and produced by Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. Miller and Mark Williams mixed the record. And local indie filmmaker Jason Griscom brought in the soundtrack for his new film, Come Get Some, which will be released by TKO Records. Several local bands are featured on the disc, including ANTiSEEN, Cronic Disorder, The Dead Kings and Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned. Harris also worked with Columbia, SC-based Loch Ness Johnny.
Despite all the work, construction has also been underway all summer for the new state-of-the-art mastering facility for Studio B, which is located on Louise Avenue. For more info, check out www.studiobmastering.com
Recently completed projects at Catalyst Recording with Rob Tavaglione include A Closing Skyline and Erica McGee. In addition to wrapping up her recording project, McGee has made the first cut in the nationwide talent competition that the INSP television network is holding, called CATS (Christian Artist Talent Search). On a not-so- positive note, just before their album was mixed at Catalyst, Machine 7 decided to call it quits. Word has it vocalist Jason Sossoman will continue to pursue his music solo. Tavaglione says the material may be a bit incomplete here and there, but the mixes clearly indicate the band's strong compositions, clever arrangements and dynamic guitar work (courtesy of Casey Smith and Kevin Hughes) and he hopes the songs will make it out to the masses one way or another. Catalyst's mobile services also recorded the ACTS Ministries recently.
Bands currently in production at Catalyst include Team Discoveree Channel and Permanent Midnight. For more info, go to www.catalystrecording.com or call 704-376-5531.Murdercycle has recruited Chris Fralin to be their new drummer. Fralin is a 16-year-old drummer from Roanoke, VA. The band is scheduled to play in town on Friday, September 26, at Fat City. For more details, check out www.murdercycle.us.
Chapel Hill's SNMNMNM have recently taken up (temporary) residency at Fat City Deli. Actually, the band, who originally hail from upstate New York, is performing there each Wednesday through September 17.
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