By Kelly Dearmore
By Jim Schutze
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Though every year has had its share of musically gifted locals among the 25 participants, we're gonna bet the farm and say that this'll be the best one yet, with folks like Jeff Ryan (Baptist Generals, Pleasant Grove), Regina Chellew (Day of the Double Agent, Chao), Scott Porter (Record Hop, Spitfire Tumbleweeds), Robert Gomez (Latin Pimps) and Liz MacGowan (Silk Stocking) only hinting at the talent pool in this hodgepodge. Oh, and some guy named Tim DeLaughter is participating, too. Where have I heard that name before?
If last year was any indication, particularly the epic insanity of Wombstone Pizza and the onstage riot of The Kim-Jong Illness, this seventh Lottery should be as crazy as the band names that these people come up with.
"I'm gonna focus on local bands," McCoy says. "I do have a little more of a budget to work with, but it's not a huge venue by any means. Touring bands, nationwide bands, overseas bands--I'll book anything, as long as it's solid." His first show for the Darkside takes place next weekend on Saturday, October 22, with Kansas City Faggots.
Luckily, the Double Wide was quick to regroup and picked Crystal Clear Distribution's Chelsea Callahan to take up the Dee-Dub's booking responsibilities. Good choice, since the local music nut and Fallout Lounge bartender already attends a bajillion Double Wide concerts and is friends with half of the musicians in town anyway. Seems like some booking competition could begin brewing in the next few months, and since merged companies own half the clubs around downtown, we look forward to some booking battles to heat up the stagnant district.