RAWK
The Inland Northwest
PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 18, 2001
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION:
HERB LANDIS  (509-467-6767 work)
DALE STROM   (509-926-2448 home)
RAWK WEB SITE:  rawkonline.com

ALL-AGES SHOW AT  THE BIG DIPPER
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2001
FEATURING

GHOTI HOOK &  THE DINGEES

RAWK the Inland Northwest, a nonprofit organization based in Spokane,
Washington, announces that it will sponsor an all-ages concert on Sunday,
April 1, 2001, at the Big Dipper 2nd and Washington downtown Spokane.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, with the show starting at 7:00 PM, and ending around
9:30 PM.  Tickets are $8, and available only at the door.  This show will
feature touring bands from Virginia, Southern California, and Illinois.

Leading off the night will be (newly signed-to Tooth and Nail Records) punk
rockers SIDEWALK SLAM (http://www.geocities.com/sidewalkslam88/).  Traveling
from their home town of Benton, IL, this three-piece punk band will be ready
to rock Spokane in their first tour on the west coast.  They have recently
finished recording at The Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson and Stephen
Egerton (Descendents, Slick Shoes, Lagwagon, Element 101, Good Riddance,
etc.)  There should be a CD release to look for this summer.

Emo/punkers GHOTI HOOK (www.ghotihook.com) are in the second spot.  Ghoti
Hook has released 4 CDs since the band formed in 1995, including a "Songs We
Didn't Write" album consisting of cover songs from Willie Nelson, Elvis
Presley, The Pixies, and The Violent Femmes.  Ghoti Hook's sound is an
emo-influenced punk style.  Their recently released "Two Years to Never"
album brings out more of the maturity of Ghoti Hook as a band.  They have
slowed down their mix from their past poppy punk roots to more
emo-influenced punk.

The number one question they receive on the road is, what does Ghoti
Hook mean??  Their website explains it like this "Ghoti is the phonetic
spelling of the word "fish".  The "gh" makes an f sound as in the words
"rough" or "tough".  The "o" makes an i sound as in the word "women".
Finally, the "ti" makes a sh sound as in the words "addition" and
"function".

 Ghoti Hook is a cooler name than Fish Hook so that's we went with it."

Finishing off the night are the ska/punkers THE DINGEES (www.dingees.com).
They are on tour supporting their latest release, "The Crucial Conspiracy."
Also on the Tooth and Nail label, they have released two previous albums and
have been on a couple of national tours.  This four-piece packs ska beats
with punk vocals and drums to create and eclectic chunky energetic sound.

The Dingees no longer rely on Rancids influence, but reveal their own
mastery of punk, reggae, and ska (especially on cuts like "Latch Key," "We
Rot the Voodoo," and "Summertime"), adding completely unique touches to
these musical genres through inspired uses of keyboard, percussion, and theremin.
The group is known for the verve and energy of their songs.  As extremely
young men chasing their rock & roll dreams, they showed promise when
they first appeared.  "The Crucial Conspiracy" delivers bountiful, refreshing
fruit, harvested from three years of hard work and maturation.


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