In November 1995, the Allman Brothers played to a half-full Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Since then, Atlanta staged its Olympics. Madonna had a baby. Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear. Fred Savage returned to television. And now, the world has finally turned enough for a rock band to come back to the Civic Center complex. Athens, Ga., band Widespread Panic is the one doing the honors, with a performance Thursday at Bell Auditorium. It will not have an opening act. The band expects to play two long sets.
Mike Mantione, lead singer of the Athens band Five-Eight calls, but says he'll have to call right back. He's having a crisis. That doesn't sound good. After all, Mr. Mantione has written such songs as Behead Myself, Weirdo and Stanley, a portrait of a guy who loses it and shoots a bunch of people. When he calls back in a half hour, it turns out it was nothing life-threatening. These guys were supposed to install new cabinets in his kitchen. First, they were hours late, and then they botched the job, he said.
"Why do you want that?" the girl at the record store asked me as she handed over B-Rock & The Bizz's single MyBabyDaddy. "You don't like it?" "No," she said. "It's a stupid song." Now that I've heard it, I have to agree. My Baby's Daddy is the first single off the soon-to-be-released bass compilation And Then There Was Bass/Dis Bass Game Real. The song thumps along with the lead male repeatedly asking "Who dat is?" and a whiney female voice replies "That's just my baby dad. That's just my baby dad."
At the first Augusta Players benefit concert in June, attendance was a little light, so the recipe's been changed for the second show, to be staged at 2 p.m. Sunday. The new ingredient is beer. The first show was dry, but this time the suds will flow along with rock 'n' roll at the concert, featuring the Ultraviolets, Chapel Hill, N.C., band Doxy's Kitchen and Augusta's own People Who Must at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at the Riverwalk.
Wyclef Jean of the Fugees just released his solo album, Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival. He recently chatted on America Online. Here are some excerpts: Q: How did you become a music artist? Who were you introduced to? A: I was 3 years old and I was introduced to the rah rah - which is a voodoo ceremony in Haiti, and I was playing African drums. That's where it all got started. Q: The Fugees are one of my favorite groups, but how do you respond to those who say the Fugees have made their sound too pop?
Don't expect members of Age of Faith to rant and rave on stage when they perform Saturday night in Augusta. "We're not one of those bands who get up there and act like we're mad," said Jimi Ray, lead singer and guitarist. Instead, the songs off the group's 1996 CD Embrace are simple rock tunes with a Christian message. That means no muffled, hard-to-understand lyrics or questionable antics from the foursome, which performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.
The Grateful Dead's days as a performing band may be over, but the corporate machine rolls on. Three new releases by Grateful Dead Records -- Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman Live, Backbone and Another Stoney Evening by Crosby-Nash, previously only available by mail, are in stores now. David Crosby and Graham Nash, sans bandmates Stephen Stills and Neil Young, recorded Another Stoney Evening on Oct. 10, 1971, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, representing Grateful Dead Records' first full-blown non-Dead release.
Comedy, variety ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez; Greg Boerner Tuesday; 651-9111. AMERICAN LEGION POST 63: 90 Milledge Road; 733-5184. AMERICAN LEGION POST 205: 2102 Highland Ave.; bingo Mondays and Fridays; disc jockey Saturdays; 733-4069.
Penguins have it made, thought Jay Memory, watching the Discovery Channel. They waddle around on the ice, eat a little fish, then go to sleep. Life's tougher than that for the rest of us, he says. We work, we love, we lust, we hurt, we cry, we die. So he wrote a song, So Complicated, carried on Memory Dean's new album, Shake it Up, which was released July 1. It has a "we're in the jungle/heading down the highway" feel. Augusta's WRXR-FM played it 30 times last week.
...trying to be Enya but insists on singing in English. Sound bite To hear Sinead O'Connor, call INFOLINE at 442-4444 and press 8102. You'll hear part of the song This is to Mother You, from the album Gospel Oak.