• SLY-CHI will soon be an all-boys club. Singer KELLY MCKENNA has decided to leave the band after three and a half years due to general burn-out. See her off with one final show November 21 at the Big Easy — where else?
• Be on the lookout for a CD-release weekend with BENJAMIN BURGESS, who's playing a Saturday night show at the Big Easy December 5, with ADAM AND THE WAXMEN, DOMINIC LAVOIE, CHRISTIAN CUFF, and DARRELL FOSTER, and then do the all-ages thing on Sunday with LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER, JESSE PILGRIM, and ERIC BETTENCOURT.
• JOHN DILIBERTO, host of the NPR music show Echoes, has a thing for local SUMNER MCKANE. On his list of the 200 best CDs of the last 20 years, he's got three McKane discs in the top 100, and he's been hot recently on the Sumner McKane Group's score for the 1922 silent film Nanook of the North, playing portions of the score over the past week. No dummies, the SMG are releasing a CD of the score, and play it along with the flick at SPACE on November 28.
• The MAINE ACADEMY OF MODERN MUSIC, headed up by JEFF SHAW and helping kids rock out all over Maine, has finally landed its 501(c)3 tax status and celebrates with a party for adults at the Dogfish Bar & Grille, November 15. One buck from every beer and appetizer that night goes to the school. The kids can celebrate with bowling at Yankee Lanes November 21 at 6 pm.
: New England Music News
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