It was a weary little Zippyworn ragged from too many late nights quaffing Shirley Templeswho penned last week's note on the sad fate of erstwhile Cumberland Avenue music mecca B&H Performance Hall. In his bleary-eyed stupor, the Zipster inadvertently bequeathed former B&H owner Sean Blair a whole new last name (we called him Sean Phillips). Mssr. Blair was quite good-natured about the mix-up, but we promised to correct the error nonetheless. And once again, you can now find Blair dispatching his duties (as bar manager and music booker) at the newly revamped Manhattan's in the Old City.
Rhymes With Fort
If the R.B. Morris/Scott Miller/Todd Steed gig didn't wet your whistle and the Claymation Quartet didn't hash your browns, check out the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Associations Poets versus Profiteers on Monday, Sept. 14. The Tomato Head has graciously allowed the use of its space, and a $3 donation will get you access to a myriad of local wordsmiths. R.B will be there, as will our very own Jack Neely, Jane Crow, Jack Rentfro, Greg Congleton, and a few surprise guests. The spoken word assembly will use Fort Sanders as its inspiration and the verbiage starts at 8 p.m. All beer proceeds will benefit the HFSNA. Like we needed another excuse to drink...
Finally, A Use For Your Demo
Want airplay? Think you can rock the house better than any other local band? Yeah? So put your work where your mouth is and send a broadcast-ready tape or CD to Kato c/o New Rock 90.3, P103 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, 37996. Band info and performance dates can also be sent to the above address or [email protected] Kato will do his level best to get everyone on the air and any style of music will be considered, although I would hang onto those tapes of your mom doing a Jim Bacchus impersonation.
The Tennessee Theatre is turning 70, and you're invited to help this venerable institution celebrate. Some events that are coming to town: Bill Cosby on Oct. 18 (two shows, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), Herbie Hancock on Oct. 7, Medeski Martin and Wood on Oct. 12, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on Oct. 16, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Nov. 6, and, last but not least (and the event that Zippy is most looking forward to because it will lead to quality snuggle time with my significant other) Diana Krall on Dec. 5. Cosby tickets, which range in price from $25 to $125, are currently on sale and can be purchased through A.C. Entertainment at 523-2665 during regular business hours. Tickets for Hancock, Marsalis, and Krall are available through Tickets Unlimited at 656-4444.
Attention All Jingle Scribes
Hey local bands/singers/ songwriterswant to get some radio airtime the cheesy way? Then enter Zippy's Jingle Contest. This fall, Metro Pulse will be taking out 60-second ads on WNFZ and WIMZ and we need theme songs. So come up with your 50-second tribute to our magnificence, record it (minidisc is the preferred format), and send it on in. Yeah, go ahead, be smart-asses if you want tojust avoid the usual blasphemies as dictated by the FCC. The cleverest, most tuneful jams will be selectedand we'll run a different band each week. What have you got to lose but your self-respect? Get writing!
Zippy "Peel me a grape, baby" McDuff