Program Notes

WSHE watch: Because WSHE-FM is the only commercial radio station in this market that even pretends to present modern rock and roll to its listeners, we've decided to keep an ear on them, to find out what they're playing so that we, too, might be able to stay on the cutting edge of rock music in 1992. Each week we'll bring you a list, so you, too, can get hep. This week's red-hot new bands: REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, Styx.

Bluesmeister Fleet Starbuck begins blues workshops in July at Tobacco Road on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. To get in, call 667-7692.

The Pompano Beach Police Department's Safe Streets Unit and Brothers III will team for a "benefit ride" on behalf of the Broward Children's Center this Sunday beginning at the Plaza Del Mar (200 S. Ocean in Manalapan) at 11:30 a.m. The procession moseys to Brothers III in Pompano, where the Hard Luck Blues Band will perform at 1:00 p.m. There'll be food, door prizes, "jail and bail," arm wrestling, and, of course, the traditional weenie bite (hey, that's what they call it).

Midnight Oil declined to participate in the Earth Summit after learning that shanty towns were torn down to put up the conference centers.

The always loud Load's carrying on, and I don't care how many plates these guys break, I like 'em a lot. After playing the Slammies tomorrow (Thursday), Load celebrates the release of Hellraiser Sessions (see review in "On the Beat") with a jam at the Ambassador Club in Deerfield Beach on July 2. Then they take off on their Southern Fried Southern Tour '92. I should note that the Ambassador show will also star Postface and an incredible band from Jacksonville called President Ray Ray, featuring Mr. Ray Ray Raymond John McRay McKelvy Stiletto (remember Stevie?) Jr. III and a powerhouse gang of backing musicians. The group's new Back in Arms cassette is a nutball of entertainment, and you must check it out if you like rock and roll at all. It'll beat you black and blue.

Ed Bell's South Florida's Own (on cable's Dade County Educational Channel 35 every Friday at 10:00 p.m. through July) will spotlight jazzman Arthur Barron mixing it up with his trio and his quartet.

Do me: Collapsing Lungs breathe heavy Thursday at the Purple Grotto in Plantation. Jezebel gets hard Friday at the Plus Five in Davie. And on Sunday you can see the area's better blues bands compete at Tobacco Road, an event that also serves as a benefit for the South Florida Blues Society (join at the door and get in free, or pay just six bucks to experience a bunch of bands).

Butthorn of the week: Rotten Lawton Chiles. This guy has done as much for the environment as Exxon and has contributed to the fight for animal rights as much as any hunter or circus operator has. He's gotta go.

The media circus: The fate of a nation turns on Arsenio Hall, Sister Souljah, and MTV. Hell, yes, I'm voting for Ray Ray.

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