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The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 22, 198713
Durham's Tune-up for a musical exam
By ALSTON RUSSELL
Around now, some students
plunge into a full-scale panic about
exams. For those who see procras
tination as the fine art of surviving
spring finals. Spring Tune-up offers
a cornucopia of distractions. Dive
into a 14-hour music marathon
Saturday at Seventh Street restau
rant in Durham.
The Spring Tune-up music feast
opens at noon and continues until
2 a.m. Eighteen local bands will
alternate between two stages, and
music styles will range from rock V
roll to rhythm and blues to jazz. It
all takes place in the new expansion
of Seventh Street's music and dance
venue. Under the Street.
Bands on the agenda include The
Grackles, Naugahyde Chihuahuas,
Jo Jo Ex-Mariner, Other Bright
Colors, The Pattersons, The Atti
tudes, The Kee, NRG, Influence, The
Flying Pigs, The Bahama All Stars,
Dex Romweber and the Rhythm
Marauders, Three Hits, Lise Uyanik
and the Mobile City Band, 4 Who
Dared, Safe House, and Blast Crisis.
And yes, of course, Billy Warden and
the Floating Children have a definite
niche in the lineup.
The festival will encompass dis
tinct sounds from each of the 18
"We play psychedelic hard rock,"
said Terry Mclntyre, lead guitarist
for Safe House, in a recent telephone
interview. "Our music is kinda
spacey, but real high energy not
heavy metal, thank God.
"None of the other bands sound
anything like us," Mclntyre added.
He said that Safe House intends to
inject its "own dose of original
sound" into the Spring Tune-up.
Safe House's sound is comprised
of four guitars, bass, drums, and a
female vocalist. The band plans to
take the stage at midnight, playing
all original material.
Jonathan Mudd of Jo Jo Ex
Mariner said Monday that his
group's sound was "some sort of
hybrid of guitar power pop, laced
with three- and four-part harmonies,
intertwined over a thunderous dance
"We plan to add a very visual
show," he said. "We plan to make
people think it's 2 a.m. instead of
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2 p.m." Mudd said Jo Jo Ex-Mariner
plays all original songs.
"We play old Motown covers,"
said Charlie Ebel, lead guitarist of
Lise Uyanik and the Mobile City
Band. "It's straight-ahead, old-time
stuff like Chuck Berry.
"We're sort of a party-type band,"
Ebel said. He described their band
as "mainly a dance band."
The Mobile City Band adds
keyboards, a saxophone, and two
female backup vocalists to an other
wise basic line-up.
"We Ye an American guitar band .
with echoes of Led Zeppelin, early
Beatles, and Robert Johnson," said
Joe Joworsky of Other Bright
Colors. He said that although many
people try to "pigeonhole them as
an REM band," OBCs music has
"more teeth to it.
"It's less jangly," Joworsky said.
"Our sound has become more
driving, clear, and direct," he said.
OBC plays all originals, with only
a lead guitar, a bass, and drums.
Other Bright Colors will come into
the Tune-up after a week's work with
Mitch Easter, music producer and
member of Let's Active.
Joworsky said that OBC is look
ing forward to "sitting back, popping
beer, and listening to what they've
done with Mitch Easter."
Admission for Tune-up will be $10
in advance and $12 at the door. The
money raised from the festival will
help pay for the new expansion of
Under the Street. "Durham needs a
good club for rock 'n' roll," said Ebel.
"I hope there's a good turnout
because it would be a good show
of faith in local music," said
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