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The Greenville lads in Radish will celebrate the release of their new album at Club Clearview Saturday, April 26, with a special all-ages show that kicks off at 7 p.m. Next to Clearview, the Art Bar is the site of a black-and-white exhibit of Jimmy Sasso's work that will run through mid-May...The Texas Woman's University Student Jazz Combo will perform free at the Gainsco Building, 500 Commerce, at noon on May 1...Loveswing is currently in the studios at Last Beat working on a new album to be released this summer...Longtime local journeyman blues-rocker Joe Silva will be pulling up stakes and moving to Nashville; his last gig here will be May 3 at Daddy Rocks...The Texas Fog Society will be playing at the third annual InnerCity LIFE! Festival on Saturday, April 26, at the Dinh Van Phuong Plaza at the Old East Dallas Farmer's Market at Peak and Bryan streets.
Battling Festivals: The Mandalay Festival of Arts and Jazz will take place April 25, 26, and 27 in Las Colinas around the famous bronze mustang sculpture. There will be all manner of arts and crafts on display and sale as well as performances by local jazz artists like Marchel Ivery, Joe Vincelli, Joe McBride, and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. National talent performing will include Lee Ritenour, Warren Hill, and Gato Barbieri. The festival is free; for more info call (972) 831-1881...Meanwhile, up in Denton, the Denton Art and Jazz Festival takes place the same Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Denton Civic Center Park. Also free, this "pre-heat" festival features Brave Combo, Stephen Bruton, the One O'Clock Lab Band, Carlos Guedes, Mushroom Groovy, and Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, and the usual arts 'n' crafts and sundry diversions...
Melatonin Bullet EP is the name of the latest offering from Transona Five, finally ready after many remixes, broken air conditioners, and other delays...look for a release party to be announced soon, followed by the release of their Italian seven-inch...
The Grand Street Cryers have added a new bass player, replacing Fred Koehn with Austin's Steve Bernal, who has played with such river city talent as Joe Rockhead, Alejandro Escovedo, and Abra Moore...The writer Robert Olmstead has described Bill Morrissey as "New England's own bluesman--not hot and humid Delta blues, but deep snow and sharp pine blues." The Texas Music Connection is bringing Morrissey to the Sons of Hermann on Friday, April 25; look for some songs off of his excellent new album You'll Never Get to Heaven as well as his six preceding albums...If you enjoyed Hank Thompson's knock-'em-dead set at the Sons last Friday--second in Mike Snider's Legends of Texas Music series--stay tuned for number three, the immortal Ray Price. Price will be playing two shows on May 10, and seating--usually general admission--will be reserved. Tickets start at $25, and the first show sports a free BBQ dinner, the better to tempt you into going early. For more information call 747-4422...Welcome back to the airwaves: Abby Goldstein has joined the Zone (KKZN 93.3 FM) and hosts a two-hour show on Sunday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. The slot, according to Goldstein, calls for her to play "whatever the hell I want to" and has generated a "huge response."
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