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You can catch Mrs. Scabtree (featuring members of Marilyn Manson, Jack Off Jill, Killing Silence, and others) at Plus Five this Saturday. On Sunday the club hosts a benefit for the Diabetes Foundation, with 25 bands.
The Chili Pepper turns Sunday nights over to local music, beginning this week with one of the hottest acts in town, Raw B. Jae. The following Sundays will feature Natural Causes (February 20) and Nuclear Valdez (February 27).
I hope you've all been caught in the Fog -- a cool band, a resurrection of the spirit of Miami rock circa the mid-Sixties, a viable project. The band, profiled last week in "Music" ("Savage Found"), has more shows this week (tonight [Thursday] at Musicians Exchange, Friday and Saturday at Zipperhead) and an appearance on Evan Chern's show (Saturday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on WDNA-FM [88.9]). By the way, if you have trouble picking up DNA's signal, try pushing the "mono" button on your stereo.
Next Wednesday the Holy Terrors hit Squeeze.
I hear the Mavericks were glowingly profiled in a huge New York Times piece I haven't seen (Tovar keeps promising to fax it to me). US, People, Spin, and Entertainment Weekly are also jumping on the wagon with coverage of the Miami heroes.
Toni Bishop performs all weekend at Sal's La Fortuna in Fort Lauderdale (522-2202).
I've hung out over there, and lemme tell you, watching Doug Burris teach music to high school students is both inspiring and entertaining. These kids can play. Tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble will perform Queen's A Night at the Opera in the school's auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The venue is at 2231 Prairie Ave., the tickets are $4 and $10, the music is guaranteed.
Crash Basket plays this Sunday at Reunion Room.
You'll want to check out Satan and Adam this weekend at Tobacco Road. Adam was a graduate student at Columbia nearly eight years ago when he was walking down 125th Street in Harlem one day. An older guy was performing on the street as a rudimentary one-man band. Adam went and got his harmonica and some small amps and asked to sit in. Their latest album is Mother Mojo. Way back in 1987 they appeared in U2's Rattle and Hum as street musicians (what a stretch) for 38 seconds. "Today Satan is the greatest one-man band in the world," Adam says from New Yawk. "His real name is Sterling Magee, from southeast Mississippi, and he was a U.S. paratrooper in Germany. He's worked with King Curtis, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, but this is our first trip to Miami." The duo has jammed at festivals such as the Chicago Blues Fest, New Orleans's Jazz and Heritage, Newport Jazz, and Philadelphia Folk. "Satan sits in a high-chair type thing with his guitar. Strapped to a board in front of him are cymbals, tambourine, and such. I call him Robert Johnson reborn as Parliament-Funkadelic. He's a strong guitar-groove guy. Since Albert Collins is gone, there's really only Buddy Guy and Satan if he ever gets the exposure."
The Everglades Bluegrass Convention takes place all weekend (take the Ives Dairy exit off I-95 west to NE 15th Avenue and turn right). The Osborne Brothers, Bass Mountain Boys, Chubby Wise, the Cox Family, South Ocean String Band, and Redwing will perform. Call 983-8164.
Shotgunn Wedding and Itanna perform tonight (Thursday) at Zipperhead, where Itanna teams with Mr. Tasty and the Bread Healers next Tuesday.
Mega congratulations to Mr. Randy Rush (Velvascurge, etcetera) upon the announcement of his marriage.
Butthorn of the week: New Times for its disgustingly sexist "Best of Miami" promotion. Why not show a chick with the logo on her tit? Oh -- that's next year's promotion.
The media circus: WCIX-TV aired the same episode of Family Feud two nights in a row last week. Don't ask me how I know this.
Pet corner: Those of you who, like Sarah, have been burned by greedhead vets, should avail yourselves of Dr. Joseph Sarmiento (message him at 996-8486). "I've heard stories like Sarah's before," the veteran veterinarian says. "All I do is low-cost spaying and neutering for Planned Pethood of America." The prices are $35 for male dogs, $40 for females and $20 for male cats, $25 for females. That includes everything: anesthetic, surgery, antibiotics, and the four-in-one vaccination. And if your animal pulls out the suture, like Sarah's Maggie did, Dr. Sarmiento is on call for emergency service. The cost for that, should it occur, is not $250. It's less. It's free. The man stands behind his work. Heck, he only performed about 17,000 surgeries last year. He stands behind the animals as well. I think he's a genius.