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Falling 'StarLocal band calls it quits

Lodestar has decided to call it quits. Singer Jeff Williams says there were several circumstances that contributed to his decision and that it just felt like the right thing to do at this time. The band performed their final gig last week at Tremont Music Hall. Williams says it's likely he'll put something new together in the near future.

Cotter Guitars, a stringed instrument repair facility and retail store, recently set up shop at The Playroom rehearsal facility (located at 916 Tuckaseegee Road). In addition to being a fully functional luthier shop, owners Chris Cotter and Paul Hackney buy and sell vintage instruments as well. Special orders are available through the shop, too. Regular hours are 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday, but appointments can also be arranged. For more details, call 704-566-0802 or e-mail cotterguitars@hotmail.com.

Cleveland County-based (and Visulite regulars) Acoustic Syndicate were a late add to the Farm Aid 2001 benefit concert that was held on September 29 in Noblesville, IN. For more details on the band, go to www.acousticsyndicate.com.

The Bel Air Saints are still trying to recoup after being robbed in August of just about every piece of equipment they own. The band estimates $15,000-$20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a storage rental facility they used for rehearsal space. Bassist Clyde Covington says although the whole experience was a bit disheartening, it's definitely been a learning experience. Covington says any band with a large amount of equipment may want to look into specialized insurance policies because some homeowner policies won't cover band equipment. The Saints' next show in town is Saturday, October 6, at Tremont Music Hall.

Nemo recently released their debut CD titled Nemo Vol. 1. The album was self-produced and recorded in Winston-Salem. For more info, visit www.thenemoband.com.

Charley, host of 90 Minutes on WEND 106.5-FM, has left the station and is continuing a career in radio in Myrtle Beach, SC. Divakar, who was hosting the show once a month, is taking over the regular hosting duties. For more details about the show, contact Divakar via e-mail at 90minutes@clearchannel.com or mail material to: 90 Minutes WEND, 801 E. Morehead St., Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Bridge has a new guitarist, Jason Anderson of Indiana, PA. His first gig with the band was at the WEND Weenie Roast last month. For details, check out www.bridge411.com.

KanawhaPalooza 02, a music conference and showcase taking place in Charleston, WV, is currently accepting submissions for performers. The showcase will take place the weekend of February 1-2, 2002. Submitting to KanawhaPalooza is free. Promotional material (bio, picture and recording) can be sent to: KanawhaPalooza, 1562 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25311. Deadline for submissions is October 31. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Ronald McDonald House. For more info on KanawhaPalooza, contact Brad Bradley at 304-722-5872 or info@kanawhapalooza.com or visit www.kanawhapalooza.com.

The Comedy Zone is back, and it's moved downtown. The new location is at 516 North College Street (on the corner of 8th and College next to Time). The club will be open Wednesday through Saturday. For more details, call 704-348-HAHA.

As I reported in my last column, Hipshack was scheduled to perform at the Davis Cup Tennis Tournament in Winston-Salem on September 21-23, but due to the terrorist attacks, the tournament was postponed until the weekend of October 12-14. The band will still be performing, and the event will air on ESPN.

John White of 232 No Exit in Mooresville has started the initial setup to put Christian bands online for free. If you're a Christian band or club, visit www.e-databasedesign.com/cbo for more details on how to get listed on the site, or e-mail speedingticket@mindspring.com.

The Bayou Kitchen is presenting a Free Fall Music Series. Bands are scheduled to play each Sunday through the end of October. Carolina Gator Gumbo, Pervis Lee and David Childers are a few of the acts scheduled to perform.

Acoustic Stage, an all-volunteer non-profit organization based in Hickory, is pleased to host the kick-off of a nationwide tour featuring Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer. The concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, at 8pm at the Arts & Science Center in Hickory. Tickets cost $22 for members and $24.50 for nonmembers. For more info, call 828-324-5951 or go to www.acousticstage.org.

Chapel Hill's Southern Culture On The Skids played at PETA'S Anniversary and Humanitarian Awards Party held last month in New York City. Of course, the band had to drop their meaty songs (i.e. Too Much Pork for Just One Fork or Carve That Possum) from the set and abstain from throwing any fried chicken into the crowd. Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, Russell Simmons and Pamela Anderson were honored at the event.

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