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Idol Worship 

Details on two upcoming contests plus more music news

Fox Charlotte/WCCB-TV will hold open auditions for the second American Idol series at its studios on Sunday, October 20, from 8am to 4pm. Like the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, the next winner will also win a national recording contract. Auditions are open to legal US residents between the ages of 16 and 24. A parent or legal guardian must accompany participants under age 18. All participants must bring valid proof of age (birth certificate, driver's license or passport, etc.) and a picture ID. Participants are ineligible if they already have either talent representation or a recording contract. Talent must be prepared to sing one song of their choice a cappella. The talent search is for vocalists only. A complete list of rules and the required talent release forms can be found at The FOX 18 studios are located at One Television Place, off the Briarcreek Road exit on Independence Boulevard (near the Charlotte Merchandise Mart and Cricket Arena). For more info, call Jeff Arrowood at 704-372-1800.

Local morning radio show personalities Ace &TJ from KISS 95.1 FM will host something a little similar called Ace & TJ's American Dream. Between now and November 1 vocalists can submit a cassette or CD along with a photo and bio to: 4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28217. Five finalists will be picked from the entries by three judges from the record and entertainment industries. Finalists will perform on the morning radio show and listeners will be able to call and vote for their favorite. The final round is scheduled to take place on November 19 and a winner will be announced the following morning. The winner will receive $1000 and a one-record deal with Kolur Blynd Records. For more details, go to

A couple of Charlotte bands are heading south to Atlanta this week to perform at the SLABFest Music Festival. SLABFest 8, sponsored by (Southern Local Area Bands), is a three-day music festival and record label showcase featuring over 20 unsigned acts from across the Southeast. The event is taking place October 17-19 at Atlanta's Hard Rock Cafe. Dead City Radio is scheduled to perform on Thursday and The Sundowners are scheduled to perform on Saturday. For more info, visit

Arlen is hosting a CD Release Party on Wednesday, October 23, at Tremont Music Hall for the release of his debut CD titled Frankie's Groove. The disc features 11 original tracks that were recorded at a studio in Florida and at Rae Creative Services in town. Ernie's Music and the Record Exchange will carry the disc. One Six Conspiracy and The Jukebox Hero will also perform at the show.

A new Charlotte band made their debut recently at Tremont Music Hall. KMF features P.J. Maxwell (vocals), Daniel Griffin (guitar), Greg Herndon (bass) and Tim Lail (drums). They plan to release a CD titled SuperStar Hi-Fi very soon. For more details, check out

Singer/guitarist Bert Wray and drummer Scott Murr (formerly of the late 80s act Sloppy Joe) have formed a new band called The Blaring Tvs. Ryan Coalson, who played in the Greensboro-based band Tanglefoot with Murr a while back, provides bass for the group. The trio plans to make their live debut soon.

Guitarist Jeff Williams (ex-Lodestar) has joined Dead Beat Baby, replacing Steve Fenton, who has moved to California.

On Wednesday, October 30, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will host a Dinner Seminar and Performance with songwriter Randy Sharp at the Evening Muse. In addition to writing, producing and arranging for national acts and several well known film soundtracks, Sharp is the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Songwriters and current board member of the Songwriters Guild of America. The dinner seminar will begin at 6pm, and he'll perform at 8pm. The seminar is included in the ticket price, but the dinner (which is optional) would cost separate. Tickets cost $9 in advance ($5 for NSAI members) and $12 at the door for everyone. For more details, go to

The Public Library will display Feelin' Groovy: Rock "n Roll Graphics, 1966-70 in Gallery L of the Main Library, October 20 through November 30. The exhibit features psychedelic posters from that particular era in rock music. For more info, call 704-336-2020 or go to

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