After all the hype-pro and con-about the Sept. 19 show by The Exploited at Wabash Hall, the event turned into a complete fiasco. Not only was the show shut down by the police for not having proper permits, fire safety violations and more, but promoter Jayj Brawley was arrested for holding an unlawful public assembly and, adding insult to injury, an outstanding traffic warrant.
"Two of the bands that were originally scheduled to play had already dropped out of the show the day before, and a replacement group's car broke down on the way to the gig," says Mike Virus of the opening band, Cheap Sex.
Virus says three groups-The Clairvoyants, Cheap Sex and Total Chaos-managed to play before the cops pulled the plug.
"I truly believe that Jayj wants to do something positive for the scene. I like the guy, but he should have really checked out the permit situation," Virus continues. "Especially with a band of that size, with such a large guarantee. The $25 ticket price is a big loss for a lot of the concert goers."
In a posting on SanDiego punk.com, Brawley took full responsibility, but claims to have been unaware of Wabash Hall's lack of proper paper work.
"Ignorance is no excuse," he wrote. "I should have had it investigated thoroughly before the event. After many successful events at Wabash Hall, I think that, like myself, everyone believed the building was up to current code and fully permitted."
Brawley is currently out on bail, but must appear in court in six weeks. As for the ticket money, Brawley says that he used some to partially pay expenses before the show started, including security, though not even the bands were paid in full. The rest was confiscated by vice officers.
"I feel horrible that I am not able to repay everyone for their tickets at this time. But please understand that this event has put me in some serious debt, but I will make good on all of the debts."
He is also adamant that rumors he is leaving town are unfounded. Efforts to reach Brawley before press time were fruitless.
Local music aficionados should be on the look out for this year's San Diego's Music Awards CD compilation, which will be given away free with admission at San Diego Music Week events before the Oct. 14 ceremony. Featuring a nice cross-section of area artists, look for tracks by Slightly Stoopid, Agent 51, Buddy Blue, Goodbye Blue Monday, Candye Kane, Irradio, The Bipeds, Mojo Nixon, Kut U Up, Chuck Schiele, The Dragons, Rookie Card, Earl Thomas and more. And don't forget to vote at www.sdmusicawards.com.
Locally based, legendary crooner Frankie Laine will make an exceedingly rare appearance on Oct. 4 at the Rotary's Oceanside Music Festival. Patterned after television's Inside the Actor's Studio, the 90-year-old Laine will be interviewed on stage with screenings of rare TV appearances and concert footage interspersed throughout. Laine has sold more than 100 million records and wrote the theme songs to Rawhide and Blazing Saddles. Proceeds from the event will go to Oceanside elementary schools to buy musical instruments and instruction. The one-time-only event starts at 2:30 p.m. $15. 760-721-1101.
Fans of Gaslamp icon Jim Croce are in for a real treat Oct. 14, when Shout Factory Records will release a CD and DVD of rare material. The CD will be titled Home Recordings: Americana and consists of folk and blues classics taped in Croce's kitchen in 1967. The DVD, dubbed Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live, will compile early '70s television performances, including all his biggest hits, as well as home movies, family photos and a rare animated version of Sonny & Cher performing "Bad Bad Leroy Brown." The whole thing is narrated by Ingrid and A.J. Croce and includes commentary from the likes of Randy Newman. This looks to be the start of a major new push for Croce's music. First up will be a re-issue of his ultra-rare 1966 album, Facets, set for early next year.
"They are the real deal," says indie film producer Ken Schur of local rockabilly heroes Hot Rod Lincoln, who perform two songs at the beginning of the new film, Don't Let Go. The movie, which had its premiere at the Temecula International Film Festival earlier this month, begins in the '50s and fast-forwards 40 years, the tale of a rock veteran looking back. HRL aptly portray the Texas Tumbleweeds, a rock 'n' roll band circa 1950. "When we staged the concert at the '50s drive-in," says Schur "they even helped correct the scene. Buzz (Campbell, guitarist) just came up and said, "They wouldn't have used that snare drum back then.'" The film has a decent cast, including Katherine Ross and Bo Hopkins, and has garnered raves in trade publications like Variety, but has found no distributor yet.
Jewel has had to cancel her current world tour when her bass player, T-Bone Harrison, died of a brain hemorrhage. She's played a handful of acoustic shows since the cancellation.
Following in the footsteps of Optigonally Yours (San Diego's own version of the Olsen Twins), The Troys' single "What Do You Do" is featured on the just-released Powerpuff Girls Soundtrack. The East County sisters have picked up an impressive level of press this year, including 17, Teen Vogue and the all-important Tiger Beat.
Former RATT guitarist and La Jolla High alum Warren DiMartini has officially joined Dio.
Three artists with local connections have recently scored gold albums (500,000 sold): Jason Mraz for Waiting For My Rocket To Come, Jewel for 304 and P.O.D. for their contribution to The Matrix: Reloaded soundtrack.
Congrats to local balladeer Ray Brandes and Raquel Alvarez Vazquez on the birth of their son, Lucas. Vasquez and Brandes met on tour in Spain where the singer is hugely popular. Brandes is currently in Richard Livoni's Blitz Studios working on his third album for the Spanish label, SNAP!, which will also be releasing a Four Eyes/Mark DeCerbo retrospective and will release the long-delayed Mission: To Mars project early next year. They are also currently in talks to do a limited-edition Stereotypes album for Europe.
Anyone looking for a little culture on a budget should check out the Athenaeum in La Jolla and their Monday Mini Concerts. Now in its 34th season, the series runs through Nov. 10, every other Monday at noon. They have an ambitious lineup scheduled that includes classical, jazz, folk and world music, with each set a lunch-time-perfect 50 minutes. The emphasis is on local talent, with a solo guitar recital by Robert Wetzel set for Sept. 29 and upcoming artists like flautist Holly Hoffman and child prodigy and pianist Rossina Grieco. No charge, donations welcome. 858-454-5872.