Florida locals The Goods have signed a record deal with Omega, Blackheart, and Mercury (yup, all three at the same time), and they will be releasing their major label debut album, Good Things are Coming, on August 18, 1998. The Goods teamed up with Neal Avron (Wallflowers, Everclear), Bob St. John (Duran Duran), and Tom Dowd (Eric Clapton) to make this 12-song album. The release will set the stage for an hour primetime Goods Rockumentary on VH1. The special will feature interviews with the band, videos from the new album, and insight from Marilyn Manson and Matchbox 20’s Adam Gaynor. The Goods leave for their summer tour through the United States and Canada very soon. For more information, contact the Goods at www.thegoods.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck, Goods!
Funktional Funk continues with its monthly open mic poetry night series featuring a variety of local poets and musicians. On Friday, August 28, 1998, they welcome Sixo, who will be performing two acoustic sets with songs from their recently released CD Wait and See, as well as other material from previous releases, including Rescue and Sixo. The show starts at 8:30 PM, and continues to at least 11pm. Admission is free. For more information, call Funktional Funk at (305)604-0393. Funktional Funk is located at 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
I missed the opening of the Gallery, an oasis of art, coffee, and tempting treats, located inside of the Chili Pepper in Fort Lauderdale. Filled with baroque furnishings and antiques, the Gallery will feature new artists and openings every 3-4 weeks. Artists who are interested in having their work displayed may call Tracy at (954)527-0089. The Chili Pepper is located at 200 East Broward Blvd.
The 1998 Horde Festival featuring Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies, Fast Ball, Alan Davis, and others comes to Coral Sky in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, August 18, 1998. Fiji Mariners, Cowboy Mouth, and Rudy will be performing as well. Call Ticketmaster at (954)523-3309 or (305)358-5885. Speaking of Rudy, local boy Robbie Gennet will be back from touring with Seven Mary 3, and will play with his band Rudy on August 17th, for a record release party for his newest CD, called Booty (“Simple, effective Rudy,” Robbie IM’s me), at the Speakeasy, located in downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis St. In a recent instant message from Robbie, he says those are the only two dates to catch some Booty, so don’t miss him! Robbie has been a busy guy lately: “I play Boston on the 14th with 7M3, fly the next am EARLY to Charlotte, get picked up by the band, we go to the gig, set up, and basically play for the first time for a month & a half!! Then we drive to West Palm, do the Speakeasy on Monday, the HORDE on Tuesday, and Wednesday morn, I fly from Ft. Lauderdale to Detroit to make the next 7M3 gig!! Gonna be tight. Then this leg ends in late Sept., and Rudy can do some sheeeee-it!!! After that, well… we’ll just have to see.” Cool thing to know: Seven Mary Three has a dog on the bus! Giti the drummer takes care of Sammy, the little Jack Russell Terrier.
The Vans Warped Tour ’98 rolls into town on Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1801 NE 6th Street), and features the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones, the Reverend Horton Heat, Save Ferris, Deftones, Rancid, NOFX, and others. Be sure to check out the Yoo-Hoo climbing wall, Warped Film Festival, the Billabong Mini Ramp, and the Dew Drop Inn Mist Tent. Festivities begin at noon. $21 gets you Warped. Call Ticketmaster for more information.
Smashing Pumpkins play a sold-out show benefiting the Center for Children in Crisis at Sunrise Musical Theater on August 8, 1998. Show begins at 8PM. Sunrise Musical Theater is located at 5555 NW 95th Avenue. Third Eye Blind and Our Lady Peace plays the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on August 11th. Lisa Loeb plays the Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach on August 12th.Tori Amos plays Sunrise Musical Theatre on August 21 and 22nd. Dave Matthews Band plays Coral Sky Amphitheater on August 26th.
War is Hell
I attended the advance screening for Saving Private Ryan, and I have not stopped thinking about his movie. Without giving anything away, this was the most graphic and violent war movie ever made. The first 30 minutes is nothing but a gut-wrenching bloodbath, recreating the American troops landing at Omaha Beach. I sat in my seat, horrified, unable to imagine the sheer terror of what it must have been like to experience something so terrifying. Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon (who still manages to look amazing in his dirty, bloody army attire), Spielberg did not romanticize the war one bit. Watching the carnage and hearing the spray of bullets makes the viewer feel as though they are actually on the beach. We are not spared for one second of the 170-minute movie, the blood and guts and mayhem and death never seem to stop. People have asked me, “Is it a good movie?” and I have trouble answering. As hard as it was to watch, Saving Private Ryan was an amazing movie, and I think it is important for everyone to see it, so we do not have another war. It made me stop and think about the freedom I take for granted. I left the theater vowing to hang my flag on Veteran’s Day from now on.
Wild Ones, a new social club that benefits Fort Lauderdale’s Wildlife Care Center kicks off their first party on Wednesday, September 30, 1998, at the Escape at the new Las Olas Riverfront. Have a great time, meet new people, and help injured and abandoned wildlife. For more information on future events and membership, call (954)435-1596. The Escape is located at 300 SW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
A big happy birthday to my dad, Carly, and Michele!
Please fax all invitations, club, and band information to Jennifer at (954) 435-1596. And fax early, I’m a busy girl.