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Dark Side of the Shroom

Article Published: Sep. 23, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Dark Side of the Shroom

Area jammers Airhorse join eight other bands on Saturday for live music at Fat Cats in Boone.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

With Boone's Mellow Mushroom having packed its bags and locked its doors, and Frankie's Pizza yet to arrive, the social scene on Rivers Street has been somewhat lacking -- the Dark Side of the Shroom, if you will.

That's where Kevin Fritch comes in.

As owner of Fat Cats Music & Video, Fritch isn't bringing the pizza, but he's all for bringing the fun.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, Fat Cats is hosting what Fritch calls a "music blowout," featuring live music from nine local bands, all in the independent record store's parking lot.

"Now that Mellow's closed, we're going to take advantage of our space to showcase some local bands that don't really have a lot of venues to play around here, kind of bringing attention to some other things going on in the Boone music scene," Fat Cats employee Michael Pierce said.

And the lineup's diverse, including (so far) an acoustic set from Ben Smith of Upright & Breathin', an acoustic set from guitarist Andy Cook, the slide guitar stylings of Miquela de Leon of the Boonetang Mamas, surf punk from Small talk, ambient solo sounds from Abe Leonard, indie-folk tunes from Red Snapper, improvisational jams from Airhorse, even more jams from Nomadic, and another dose of indie-folk from Easy Company.

As Pierce put it, "It's just a straight-up concert, and free for all who want to attend."
The tunes start at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Fat Cats Music & Video is located at 965 Rivers St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 265-2287.

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