RAWK
The Inland Northwest

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RELEASE DATE: MARCH 7, 2001
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION:
HERB LANDIS  (509-467-6767 work) DALE STROM   (509-926-2448 home)
rawkmandale@cs.com

ALL-AGES SHOW SCHEDULED FOR THE BIG DIPPER ON FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2001
FEATURING
AARON RICHNER AND THE BLUES DRIVERS
 

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 Friday, March 16, 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 fourteenth show the organization has held at the Big Dipper since
last fall.  Three of the bands are from the Spokane area, and the other is
from Longview.  Only the headline band has played a show at the Big Dipper
previously.  A variety of musical styles will be presented.

The leadoff band, Bleeding Soul, is a pop punk band composed of two
sophomores and a junior at Shadle Park High School, and was formed about a
year ago.  The members are Will Brasch (vocals, guitar), Jeff Schell (drums),
and Kevin Simpson (vocals, bass).  Band Manager Coral Wanless (326-6229) says
that the band has played mostly at local coffee houses, and had a recent
performance at a Hastings store nearly terminated early when Hastings staff
told them that "you are so loud that we can't hear the phones ring."  The
band has a web site at www.angelfire.com/myband/nailed2cross.

The second band, FIA, will also be playing its first show at the Big Dipper.
This "cultured rock" seven-piece band is from the Spokane area, and formed in
the summer of 1999.  The members range in age from 15 to 21.  The band has
been particularly active since last September, doing about three shows a
month, and recently playing a show with an audience of around 500 people.
The sound of the band can be compared to the Dave Matthews Band.  The most
unusual instrument is an electric 5-string viola wielded by band manager
Thomas Croskrey (922-6088).  Thomas has extensive classical music experience
with the Spokane Youth Symphony and Spokane Symphony.  The band is in the
process of recording an 8 song CD.

Random travels to Spokane from Longview to play this show.  This four-piece
band formed many years ago in Moses Lake.  It has played extensively in the
Portland/Vancouver area.  Local band contact, and former band drummer, John
Lundeen (325-3353) says that "the name of the band says it all."  The music
could be termed a mix of Creed and Sublime, but the newer material is
influenced by Incubus, Tool, and Mr. Bungle.

The headline band is Aaron Richner and the Blues Drivers.  This local
three-piece (which sometimes plays with a harmonica player) has been making
local waves since winning first place at last summer's Bobfest.  They have
also appeared at the Winthrop and Republic Blues Festivals, and played in the
Seattle Center the first weekend of January.  They will likely play at the
Ritzville Blues Festival this July, and are scheduled to perform at the
Joseph Bronze and Blues Festival in August.  Band leader Aaron Richner
(922-0643) says that the band plays "rock blues, with comparisons to Stevie
Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix."  The band has released an 11 track CD entitled
"Nothing to Lose."  Aaron says they have a new supply to bring to this show.
We're excited to have them back at the Big Dipper, as their set in January of
this year nearly elevated the crowd off the parquet floor with super sweet,
but powerful and dynamic blues rock.  Anyone that missed the first show
should make sure to catch this one, as the Dipper is the perfect venue for a
band such as this.
 

RAWK WEB SITE (now 80% complete, we think):

www.rawkonline.com

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