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Local artists band together for worthy cause

A group of concerned Charlotte musicians and artists are banding together to put on a large-scale multi-media event, War Charlotte: Life in a Nameless Decade, April 11 and 12 at the Steeple Lounge. Described as "an assault the artists have waged on their own apathy and non-involvement," the event features visual art, music, performance art and video to explore a number of contemporary outlooks and to engage dialogue. Art will be on continuous display throughout the event (some available for silent auction), and DJs will spin music "pertinent to the themes of protest, involvement, empowerment, and change." Each night, the show will feature a USO-style stage show, replete with a solo music performance and two bands (one of which is the Wartime Players, a local aggregate doing show-centric sides). Performers in the two-day event include Jr. James and the Late Guitar, Don Dixon, Jim Grindle, Shannon Dugan, Dudley Collins, Hope Nicholls, Dorne Pentes, Jack Pentes, Snagglepuss, Scott Weaver, and more. Doors will open at 8pm, with the stage show beginning at 11pm. Cover is $5, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the United Way of Central Carolinas. For more info, call Amy Kennemore at 704-332-6277 or Hope Nicholls at 704-375-0079.

A new venue is now open in the old Mojo location on Montford Drive, to be called The Room. Walls have been knocked down, and the stage has been moved into the area that formerly housed the pool tables. The venue will also be wired for streaming webcasts, and a 2,000 square foot deck is being built out front. The Room says they'll be hosting live music most nights, including "Big" Mike Mitschele's acoustic open mic sessions on Mondays and a house jazz/fusion band called Straight Ahead on Tuesdays.

Third Eye has set up a weekly event at Tonic titled Lush Fridays at Tonic, which will feature local, regional and international talent. In addition, a new sound system is on its way, courtesy of Bill Weir at Core Technologies. For more information about Lush Fridays, log on to www.third-eye.info/lush.

The band One Six Conspiracy has announced a contest. What do you win? One of three promotional records with four songs from their upcoming album (the band is pressing 100 to send to labels). How to win? Create a One Six Conspiracy art piece to go on the band's website. Send submissions to: onesixconspiracy@yahoo.com. The contest ends May 1, 2003.

Andrew Webster of the Complex Radio Local Music Show (check out www.complexradio.com for listings) has announced the installation of The Local Music Listening Station at Manifest Discs, a 50-CD changer filled with CDs from local bands for sale at the store. Interested bands may contact Webster through the website listed above.

First Night on Earth has announced that a new show on E! Entertainment Television will be playing one of their songs. In addition, the band has landed national distribution with a company out of California called Tonevendor. Also, Alison Records out of Germany will be putting out the band's song "Misunderstood" on a compilation to be released both in the United States and Europe. The band will play The Room (see above) on April 12; for more on First Night on Earth, log onto www.firstnightonearth.com.

Rob Tavaglione of Catalyst Recording has recently completed work with the Ten Missing Days, The Turnstiles and Interlude. The tireless Tavaglione is now in the studio with Sckapegoat, Mr. Drysdale (the band, you dork), Dave Petty, Machine Seven and others. For more on these artists or Catalyst Recording, log on to www.catalystrecording.com.

The Caribbean Lounge (2342-A Beatties Ford Road) has announced something called Round Table Tuesdays, in which area poets may read, network and discuss their work. The event is held every Tuesday; for more information, call 704-507-5209.

Finally, local songwriter Christy Snow has a new album out, titled Change Is Good. Co-produced with Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio in Asheville, the album is Snow's fifth. For details, log on to www.christysnow.com.

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