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In one of the best kept secrets in recent memory, an upcoming March 25 Davidson College date by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds was announced and sold out rather quickly. The Belk Arena show had been anticipated for weeks after the college learned that it was one of 12 schools selected for the tour from the more than 300 that applied. All 4,800 tickets almost immediately sold out, though a few were available (at high premiums) from eBay.com at last check.

Andrew Webster, the bass player for Memphis Quick 50, is readying a local music show for WSGE 91.7 FM. Webster says that for the first couple of shows he has collected music from The Houston Brothers, Baleen, The Goldenrods, Les Dirt Clods, The Interstellars, Memphis Quick 50, First Night on Earth, Green Light, Lindsey Horne, Earman Ali, Bellglide, Elevator Action, Bellyfull, Greenlight, Lou Ford and others. Future shows will include Pyramid, The Alternative Champs, Filmschool, The b-sides, Abe Reid, Hardcore Lounge and others. Webster is producing the show in his home studio, and says the first show will feature Baleen and other musicians on the program introducing their own songs. For more information or to suggest music, e-mail Webster at andrweb@yahoo.com.

The On Tour Agency -- formerly known as Entourage Music -- is kicking off a new, monthly concert series called ShinDig, beginning Thursday, February 27, at Amos' SouthEnd. On Tour says the shows will feature three new, local pop-rock bands (as well as one out-of-towner) on the last Thursday of every month. For the debut show, On Tour is presenting Part Time Heroes (www.parttimeheroes.com), Parallel (www.parallelband.com) and Almost Steve (www.almoststevemusic .com). Upcoming shows will feature acts like Supermatic (Atlanta), Suburban Love Junkies (Birmingham) and David Dunning (Charleston). The shows will also feature interactive events like trivia contests and "ice-breaker" games (this month's features golf balls used in a non-traditional way). For more information, log on to www.ontouragency.com.

The folks from Ten Missing Days and others have formed something called Divisional Media. Divisional Media is not a record label but rather "an organization of musicians, promoters and anybody who supports, or wishes to support, the local music scene." Bands and artists included in the Divisional Media family will be supported by all the other members of the group with activities like booking, web promotion and show promotion, in return for doing the same for others. Divisional Media says they welcome all forms of music to join, but note that they specialize in hardcore, punk and metal music.

All artists/bands wishing to be included must have a demo of some sort, enough original material to fill a live set slot (25-35 minutes), and contact information. According to Divisional, the considered artist/band will then be reviewed and voted on unanimously by the rest of the Divisional Media group (artists and others alike). E-mail submissions to Divisional_media@hotmail .com, or log on to www.divisionalmedia.com.

Longtime Charlotte music veteran Jeff Williams, formerly of Lodestar, has formed a new group. The self-described "ensemble" is called gogoPilot, and the band features Williams on acoustic guitar and vocals, Rodney Lanier (ex-Jolene/currently with the Stelle Group) on lap steel and accordion, Ben Kennedy (Pyramid) on violin and cello, Chris Ravenscroft on guitars and bass, Mike Kennerly (ex-Jolene/current filmschool) on drums/percussion and Chris Walldorf (current Pyramid) also on percussion.

The Contagious Blues Band recently recorded a new live album, titled Contagious Blues Band Live at the Double Door Inn. The Contagious Blues Band consists of 19-year-old guitarist Zack Rosicka of Charlotte, Willie Shane Johnson of Morganton on vocals, Hickory, NC's Mark Bumgarner on bass, and Jr. Howell of Gastonia on drums.

Charlotte-based Deep Elm Records has joined Dischord (Fugazi, Q and Not U), DeSoto (Dismemberment Plan, Burning Airlines), Constellation (Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion) and others, inking a pact with Chicago-based Southern Records for a distribution deal. For more information, log on to www.deepelm.com.

E-mail local music news to timothy.davis @cln.com.

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