Filler Soundbites

BACK TO BALSA: So you've been complaining this cow town doesn't have any worthwhile live music? Au contraire, Pierre--just head downtown this Friday, September 20, when The Wooden Ball rolls into Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

The ball showcases the acoustic talents of local musicians in the club's curiously sub-intimate atmosphere. This year's line-up includes Chick Cashman, Phantom Limbs, 35 Summers, The Drakes, Greyhound Soul, Little Sisters of the Poor, Chris Burroughs, Shoebomb, ex-Green on Red frontman Dan Stuart, Cow Charmers (featuring Paula Jean Brown and Dog And Pony Show's Mike Semple), Stinky Slinky and Supermonkey.

As if all that isn't enough, the show also features an hour-long headline performance by nationally known Louisiana songbird Victoria Williams and ex-Jayhawk Mark Olson.

Wooden Ball founder Chris Holiman says the annual fest may become a twice-a-year affair in order to accommodate more of Tucson's talent.

Easy Living will play in the lobby at 5:30 p.m., with the club opening at 6. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Or--and you can't beat this offer--buy a Wood For Rainer CD at the show and you'll get in free. For more information call 622-8848.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Brothers Marc and Paul Mueller form the backbone of the percussive-driven Mecca Bodega, which will appear at 9 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Berky's on Fourth, 424 N. Fourth Ave.

Image Marc used to play drums for Fetchin' Bones, while Paul has performed with Kevin Salem and M. Doughty (Soul Coughing). Joined by Marlon Cherry on vocals and guitar and Johnathan Doyle on bass, the NYC-based band is beyond any kind of tidy industry label. They play just about anything that catches their fancy, from Brazilian clay pots to gas tanks. (We're guessing the brothers probably got their start beating up on each other.) In lesser hands this project would sound like an art school experiment, but a healthy dose of humor combined with talent and imagination makes it fun instead of labored. For more information call 628-9764.

MEMBER MADNESS: As anyone from out of town will tell you when they turn the FM dial to 91.3, community radio station KXCI is a real blessing. Here's your chance to pay 'em back for all they do for your ears and sanity. The station will be begging for bucks with its on-air membership drive through October 4. They're looking for 600 new and renewing members during the drive and invite you to tune in to hear what they've got goin'. We swear they won't bring out Jerry Lewis at any time. Call 623-1000 to make your pledge.

LAST NOTES: Statesboro brings rhythm and blues to St. Philips Plaza, Campbell Avenue at River Road, from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 21.

This promises to be another one of those fab late-summer evenings, with Cafe Terra Cotta setting up a full bar and serving up reasonably priced picnic dinners. Tickets are $8, $4 for Tucson Jazz Society and Tucson Blues Society members, available at the gate. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 743-3399 for more information.

Toxic Ranch Records, located near the corner of Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue, hosts Vitamade, a three-piece punk rock outfit packin' short, fast songs with a punch. Call 623-2008 for showtime information.

The ultra-hip underground Airport Lounge, 20 E. Pennington (in the basement of the Plaza Pub), presents sonic wallpaper duo Johnny Good, Good, Good Times and the Shit and Al Foul & The Shakes on Saturday, September 21. Rumor has it Johnny's set will include baseball cards played against bicycle spokes. How can you go wrong with that? Doors open at 8 p.m. and you can call 882-0400 for up-to-the-minute info.

Image Club Congress serves up Cake at 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 24. Baking up the laughs in that good old stinging irony of our miserable little lives and frostin' it with a thumpin' groove, Cake's fortunes have been rising lately. The Village Voice describes the debut album as "Unambiguity from the near side of cool."

Call 622-8848 for cover charge information.

SXSW '97: Get those demos together--submissions are now being accepted for next year's SXSW, scheduled to begin March 12 in Austin, Texas. We're all out of space, but we'll letcha know the details next week. Get your recordings together and watch this space! TW

--Jennifer Murphy
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