the Inland Northwest

HERB LANDIS  (509-467-6767 work)
DALE STROM   (509-926-2448 home)
email: rawkmandale@cs.com
website (in construction): http://www.rawkonline.com


RAWK the Inland Northwest announces that it has organized an all-ages
concert presenting four bands at the Big Dipper in downtown Spokane (Second and
Washington) on Saturday, February 24, 2001.  This show kicks off at 7 PM
(doors open at 6:30).  The price is $7, payable at the door only.

This is the thirteenth show the organization has held at the Big Dipper
since last fall.  Two of the bands are from the Spokane area, and the other two
are from Portland/Vancouver.  This will be a special show for the two local
bands, as Buddy Ruckus will be playing its debut show with a new member
and with a new musical direction, and Neither Be Afraid will be holding a
release party for its new self-titled EP.

The leadoff band, Neither Be Afraid, is a new venture for four
"experienced veterans" (although all are only 20 or 21 years old) of the Spokane music
scene, who, between them, have played in many other bands.  The new band,
described by member Tyler Warnock (230-5558) as "breakdown hardcore," was
formed just three months ago.  However, they have been able to put
together a four-song EP, which will be available at the show at a price of $5.

The second band, PDEX, will also be playing its first show at the Big
Dipper. This pop punk four-piece band is from Portland.  The band is sponsored
by numerous Portland area companies, including Jones Soda, Da Kine
snowboards and Ibenez guitars.  Band leader Matt (503-348-5891) says that the band
has a full length CD coming out soon, and features unique lead vocals.  The
band is involved in a variety of charitable work.

Not Long After makes a return visit to the Big Dipper, by popular request
of many fans that they have developed in this area.  This three-member punk
band made a strong impression at their last local performance in October.
Band leader Ryan Moor (360-574-6354) says that this Vancouver, WA band is
releasing another EP in March, following the Box of Chocolates EP
released over a year ago.  Not Long After has played extensively in the last year,
including many dates with the Tooth and Nail band, Shorthanded.  The band
has web presence at www.mp3.com\notlongafter

The headline band, Buddy Ruckus, will feature many changes at this show.
First of all, the band has a new bass player, Christian Hendricks
(previously with Not Long After), who has moved up from Portland to join Buddy
Ruckus.  Band leader Brian Ortize (869-5749), says that the band has moved in a
musical direction toward indie rock/emo, comparable to the bands
Brandtson and Juliana Theory.  Much new material is being written now, and some of
that will be played at the show.

Buddy Ruckus will soon be touring extensively.  They play Club Impact in
Tacoma in March, then will take their third trip to Russia in April,
followed by U.S. touring from May through July, including a prime spot at Tomfest
in Stevenson, WA.  The band intends to release a second nationally released
album in the early fall.  This album will be recorded in San Diego.
Buddy Ruckus has a web site at www.buddyruckus.com

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