RAWK the Inland Northwest

RELEASE DATE:   December 16, 2001

            DALE STROM (509-926-2448 home)
            HERB LANDIS (509-467-6767 work)
            MYK CRAWFORD (509-359-7242)

RAWK WEB SITE:  www.rawkonline.com
10 MINUTES DOWN WEB SITE:  www.10minutesdown.com
JUPITER EFFECT WEB SITE:  www.jupitereffectmusic.com
F.I.A. WEB SITE:  www.fiamusic.com



RAWK the Inland Northwest, a nonprofit organization based in Spokane,
Washington, announces that it will host an all-ages concert, on Sunday,
December 30, 2001, at the Big Dipper, Second and Washington, in downtown
Spokane.  Doors open at 6:15 PM, with the show starting at 7:00 PM, and
ending around 10:30 PM.  Tickets are $8, and available only at the door.

Headlining is the amazing AARON RICHNER AND THE BLUES DRIVERS, who are
releasing their new 10 track CD "Rain Came Down" at this show.  The CD was
produced at College Road Recording.  Aaron Richner (922-0643 or 509-333-1472)
will soon be home on break from WSU.  He states that the band has been
performing fairly regularly at locations such as the Blue Note Grill, and has
been recently named as one of 9 finalists for a Battle of the Bands at
Seattle's Experience Music Project on February 2, 2002.  The band made two
significant changes during this past summer, as Aaron's father, Scott
Richner, has joined the band on keyboards, and a new drummer has come on
board.  He is John Betts, a highly regarded drummer formerly with Mumbo Jumbo.

Adding tremendous energy to this show will be the hard working guys from
10 MINUTES DOWN, who have been playing frequently the past few weeks, especially
at all-ages shows, and who are going to take a couple of months off after
this show.  According to Ted Teske (990-5082) the band will be going into the
studio after the first of the year in order to lay down tracks for a new CD
planned for release in May or June of 2002.  This 7 piece ska/rock band has
had much success recently, having been voted the Best Local Band for 2001 by
The Local Planet, and having recently won two Battles of the Bands at
Thirsty's.  For the last three years, 10 Minutes Down has played on Van's
Warped Tour.

RAWK is excited to present JUPITER EFFECT, making their first appearance at a
Big Dipper RAWK show.  This experienced band, composed of music veterans from
various local bands, has been together for about a year and a half, and is
interested in playing more all-ages shows.  Band spokesman Dan McElfish
(701-0333), who also runs the very successful www.spokanebands.com web site
covering the local music scene, says that this 3 piece band is currently
working in a keyboard player as a 4th member.  He says that their music,
which can be heard at MP3.com, is an eclectic mix of alternative, funk, rock,
punk, and ska.  That just about covers the gamut, with the exception of
hardcore screaming.  The band has one release, a self-titled 12 track CD
which came out about one year ago.  Jupiter Effect is planning to go into the
studio in the next couple of months to work on a new release.

Speaking of a new release, the opening band for this evening, the 9 piece
F.I.A., is also having an album release party this night for it's first
full-length, the appropriately named "Release."  The album was produced at
Handtruc Studios and College Road Recordings.  This young band, 3 of the
members still being in high school, has been together since the spring of
2000.  Band spokesman Thomas Croskrey (869-2386), who plays an electric
viola, and was previously a member of the Spokane Youth Symphony (his father,
Dan, is the stage manager for the SYS), says that the band calls its music
"emo progressive cultured rock."  F.I.A. appeared at one previous RAWK show,
and was well received.  It's just a little hard to get them all on one stage!

This will be a fabulous show with many top Spokane bands, and with two new
albums being released.  It'll be a good way to end a difficult year.

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