Maybe it's that time of year, but it seems like there are a lot of musicians leaving Atlanta. Well, add accordion player Rodger French to the list.
For those who don't know him, French is the accordionist for popular folk satirist Cowboy Envy. He also leads his own group, the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra, which plays swing, Latin, standards, novelty songs and tango. The orchestra has been together for around 11 years.
French isn't leaving town because he's sick of the Atlanta heat, but because his wife, Anne Johnson, was named regional information resources officer for the U.S. Department of State. So the couple is moving to Accra, Ghana, where she'll be responsible for several West African countries. He says the orchestra will continue on without him.
"We've gotten to a point where we can pick it up at any time," says French of the orchestra. "[The bandmates have] gotten together and are formulating how to keep it going on some level, even in my absence. That's something I'm all in favor of."
Although French is moving half a world away, he tentatively plans to return to Atlanta periodically, provided he can schedule enough gigs to justify the trip. In the meantime, you can wish French good luck during DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra's farewell concert for him. The show takes place Fri., July 28, at Horizons School Theatre.
League Of Evil recently learned that Aphilliates member and Ludacris tour DJ Jaycee is using the group's "Bull in a Candystore" (from its debut EP) for an upcoming mix tape.
"I've been friends with [Jaycee] for a few years," says League of Evil bassist Chris Parizo. He adds that Jaycee will remix "Bull in a Candystore" for a track on the mix tape. "I believe Ludacris is going to be on the CD. Whether he's going to be on our song, I don't know," he says. (Jaycee couldn't be reached by press time.)
All Parizo knows is that around 125,000 copies of the mix tape will be distributed in Macy's stores nationwide before the end of the year. Incidentally, League of Evil is celebrating Parizo's birthday with a Fri., Aug. 4, show at the Drunken Unicorn.
RANDOM NEWS: West Atlanta rapper Da Great Yola is now down with T.I.'s Grand Hustle Entertainment, thanks to the smash single "Ain't Gonna Let Up." A spokesman for Atlantic Records didn't even know about the signing, though, so it may take awhile for Yola's album, Gutta World, to drop. ... Last November, which recently played the Atlanta date of the 2006 Warped Tour, announced it is signing with Southern Tracks Records. The group's debut album, All the Gory Details, is scheduled for a Sept. 5 release. ... Slick & Rose's "Number 9" is featured on Tanqueray Tracks, Vol. 1.5. You can access the virtual CD at www.tanqueraytracks.com. ... Congratulations to MC Divinity. After Beyonce conducted a highly publicized nationwide talent search for an all-female touring band, the musician/rapper earned a slot as the pop singer's bassist. If you missed that performance, you can see MC Divinity every Tuesday during Mic Club at Apache Cafe.
CD RELEASES AND ANNIVERSARIES: Garage-rock group the Cogburns promote Pay Up, Sucker! with a Fri., July 28, concert at Star Bar. ... Glammy punk rockers Lust celebrate its 10th year of madness with a Fri., July 28, show at Lenny's. Tiger! Tiger!, Plasma Drive, Courtesy Murder, and Sass Parilla the Singing Gorilla lend support. ... Hard-rock band Rockets to Ruin introduces Love Drugs Rebellion with a Fri., July 28, show at 10 High Club. ... Hard-rock group Echovalve promotes its new II EP with a Sat., July 29, show at the Darkside. ... Halo Lounge celebrates its fifth year in business Sat., July 29. DJ crew Turntables on the Hudson help with the festivities.
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