The Brewery is also holding one of its punk Sunday matinee slamfests on July 28, featuring Man Will Destroy Himself, Sedona, Joe's Bad Day and Lost Anthem.New Deals
Hard-working local R&B-flavored rockers Hobex recently signed to Tone-Cool Records, a roots-rock label whose roster includes Susan Tedeschi, Double Trouble and North Mississippi Allstars, who introduced Hobex frontman Greg Humphreys to Tone-Cool honcho Dave Bartlett back at Farm Aid 2000. Look for the disc, U Ready Man?, in late October. Tone-Cool also plans to release the band's Back in the '90s CD. Rattus Extinctus?
It was weird enough to discover that Def Leppard will be rocking the parking lot of a new Fayetteville Wal-Mart as part of the store's grand opening festivities. Now this: A fax from a bush league Florida-based talent agency (with great clip art) alerting "all buyers and agents" to "a special routing price" for gigs featuring original Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy. Seems they've managed to book "an existing date" (date, not dates) and need to fill in. With hits like "Round and Round" and "Lay it Down," Pearcy might be just the ticket for that family reunion picnic or wedding dance. Interested parties can visit www.lustigtalent.com.Can I Get a Witness?
Locally based gospel group Nu Souls (Alfred Burton, drums; Raymone Gaines, bass; Dottie Sterling, vocals) who've signed a recording contract with CEI Gospel Records, will be filming a series of music videos with Raleigh video production company Hunter Communications. Nu Souls are performing at this month's Gospel Flava magazine convention in Chicago and plan to play live in the Triangle sometime this fall, says Burton. Extras are needed for the video shoot in Raleigh and can contact Hunter Communications at 847-1999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, don't forget that this Saturday, July 27, the first annual Southeast Music and Entertainment Summit will take place at the Marriott Civic Center in downtown Durham. The event will feature performers, workshops, marketing panels and more focusing on the urban music and cultural scene in the Carolinas. Never'll Be Brothers
Patty Hurst Shifter has two guys featuring the most common surname in the English language, Smith. But, contrary to the Indy's review of their new disc, Beestinger Lullabies, and a heads-up blurb for their recent CD release party, they aren't kin, especially not siblings. Apologies to their respective family lines.