Need a gig?
Emergenza Festival claims to be the largest contest ever for unsigned bands in North America: 5,000 American bands will be booked to play live across the United States, with 1,600 nights of music between November '05 and July '06 in 112 venues across the country. Sign up at www.emergenza.net/document/book/iscri.asp or call 888-923-2263 for more info.
Checked Flag or Crash
The Swear's Elizabeth Elkins is now an official Gretsch Guitars artist. Check out www.gretschguitars.com/artists, and you'll find her in the company of the Edge, Robert Smith, CCR and more. The Swear also endorses GHS Strings, DiMarzio pickups, Pork Pie drums, Meinl cymbals and Pro-Mark drumsticks. Geez, is this a rock band or a race car? No word on if Tide detergent has signed on for a sponsorship -- yet.
Big Easy in L5P
On Sun., Oct. 2, Little Five Points is paying tribute to New Orleans with the Crescent City Throwdown benefit. Proceeds go directly to Preservation Hall's New Orleans Musician Hurricane Relief Fund and Tipitina's Artist Relief Foundation. Both groups have set up the special chapters specifically to assist New Orleans-based musicians and music industry workers in the wake of Katrina. Live music on the street, at the Five Spot and the Variety Playhouse is scheduled. See www.crescentcitythrowdown.com for a schedule and more info.
Speakin' of which ...
A lot of fine and well-intending folks are throwing Katrina relief shows and that's great. If you are going to host a relief benefit show, however, we need to know about it at least three weeks in advance for consideration of a listing. Lately, we've been receiving a flood of e-mails about shows with little to no lead time. "We are having a Katrina benefit show this Friday. Can you put something in the paper about it?" We'd love to, but we need some advance notice. Let's all work together to support the cause.
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