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Steel Wool May Lose Its Van, But Won’t Be Slowing Down

Fri., Oct. 24, 1997

It would appear that, for the band Steel Wool, a serious sacrifice is on the horizon.

For instance, their van may have to go.

“We’ve run into some financial difficulties,” guitarist Sean Hollowell replies, when asked about the long-awaited release of the band’s third full-length album. “We are presently thinking about selling our tour van to finish paying for our recording.”

And what will they drive when they head out on the road in support of that album? “We’ll burn that bridge before we get to it,” Hollowell says with a laugh.

Such are the sacrifices inherent in the do-it-yourself music world. Fortunately, this Seattle foursome has no plans to sell the van before they drive it to Spokane Saturday for their first show here in months.

As it turns out, three of the band members are from Spokane - Hollowell, drummer Dave Pelo and bassist/guitarist Steve Dukich. Jon Wright, who plays keyboards and guitar, hails from Michigan.

Theirs is a diverse concoction, as a glimpse at their two previous albums - “Lucky Boy” (1994 eMpTy Records) and “Simple Men Who Like Working With Their Hands” (1993 eMpTy) - amply shows.

Coarse punk and garage races across the surface as the finer elements of rockabilly, country and Delta blues lurk the underbelly.

Hollowell says the guys’ tastes in music have given Steel Wool its manifold elements.

“I’m interested in lots of noise and industrial music. Jon’s a Detroit rocker. Steve, I would say, is quite influenced by country and bluegrass and Dave is definitely an old-school punk rocker.”

On Saturday the band will offer up a large dose of new songs, several of which have already been recorded in anticipation of a third LP.

Support the Steel Wool Recording Fund by showing up Saturday when they headline at Ichabod’s North. Fireballs of Freedom play the middle slot with Boycott opening. Cover is $4 and show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Mood what?

When Andre Floyd takes the stage to play his blues, don’t expect him to spend the entire night singing about how bad life’s been treating him.

“It was my observance over the years that the blues had so many negative connotations - somebody was drinking, somebody was leaving, somebody was cheating on somebody,” he says. “I just thought I’d take a progressive, into-the-next-millennia, approach to the blues and have more positive things to say.”

Upbeat blues?

Sure, why not.

Hailing from Missoula, Floyd and the band Mood Iguana perform tonight and Saturday at the Fort Spokane Brewery.

Their first album “Lapis,” released earlier this year, finds guitar-and-harmonica-laced scorchers mixed with slow rocking blues-to-hold-your-soulmate-to. “Your Garden” has nicely-done moody elements akin to Big Head Todd and The Monsters while “Last Train Leaving” is a cool number to boogie to.

“Of course, you can’t have a blues album without a couple of portraits of disappointment on there,” Floyd admits, as a glance at “Lapis” turns up a few stories of heartbreak. “But it doesn’t all have to be like that.”

Tonight’s and Saturday’s shows start at 9:30 p.m. at The Fort Spokane Brewery. Cover is $4.

Good stuff in Idaho

He has backed up the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Bonnie Raitt and the Doobie Brothers.

And don’t forget Steve Miller.

On his own he is a harp genius, a first-rate musician who has made enormous contributions to the blues and beyond.

He is Norton Buffalo and he is appearing with The Knockouts at Mad Daddy’s Blues Club in Coeur d’Alene tonight and Saturday.

Tickets are $12 ($14 at the door). Show starts at 8 p.m. with Archie Johnson opening the evening.

Tubs Cafe, one of the coolest joints in Coeur d’Alene, celebrates the grand opening of their full commercial kitchen Sunday.

Fine food by Chef Kash Keel and fun tunes from Saffire the Uppity Blues Woman are on tap.

For a price tag of $40, diners can dig into all of the following (plus more): Washington oysters, smoked salmon, spinach stuffed mushrooms, spicy squash soup, Chinese chicken salad, citrus and tequila sundance chicken, sea scallops and beef tenderloin.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music jumps in around 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are required. Call (208) 765-9344.

Return to the Mother

Let’s hear it for another place to hang out in downtown Spokane. The folks at China Best have bought and reopened the doors at Mother’s Pub, 230 W. Riverside.

Once a haven for local live music, this version of Mother’s Pub will start out with live bands only on Saturday evenings. However, look for open mike on future Sunday evenings.

Here’s how the rest of the week will break down.

Trivia Tuesdays will feature - obviously - various trivia games.

DJ Daren spins Top-40 dance tunes Wednesdays through Fridays with Wednesday nights being Dollar Night. Pints will cost a buck and cover will cost $1 until 10 p.m. Then the man at the door gets $2.

Thursday evenings are dedicated to the ladies. No cover for women and only $2 for a pound of beer. (Hmmm, they wouldn’t want us to get drunk now would they?)

Catch the Dance Party on Friday nights. Again no cover for the women before 10 p.m.

The band Delbert takes the stage this Saturday. Show starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $2. Get in the door for only $1 with a can of food to be donated to the local food bank.

More music options

Catch the funkiest dish this side of … well … this side of anything we’re gonna see any time soon.

Portland’s Five Fingers of Funk dole out a hip-swaggering extravaganza of horns and wise lyrics set to a hip hop/rap thang funky enough to make Bootsy Collins proud.

This here is a nine-piece outfit with three horn players, a man on keys and vinyl scratcher. So what else could you want when they headline the show tonight at Outback Jack’s?

How about the Dead Casuals, a Pullman band with a grooving mix of hip hop, rock and all kinds of other stuff thrown in. They play the middle slot with Civilized Animal opening.

Show starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $4.

One of Salt Lake City’s best rock bands, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, brings intelligent lyricism and compelling tunes to Outback Jack’s Tuesday. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $3.

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MEMO: Send nightclub news to Winda Benedetti at The Spokesman-Review. 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201 or fax it to (509) 459-5098. She can be reached by phone at (509) 459-5089 or by e-mail at Deadline for Friday publication is the previous Friday.

Send nightclub news to Winda Benedetti at The Spokesman-Review. 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201 or fax it to (509) 459-5098. She can be reached by phone at (509) 459-5089 or by e-mail at Deadline for Friday publication is the previous Friday.

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