ROCK RANGER ABOUT TO RELEASE NEW RECORD. Finally, it’s the time ROCK RANGER fans have been waiting for, sort of. This weekend (May 3) marks the first in a series of release parties celebrating ROCK RANGER’s new album, Sing Along. The parties kick off with an all ages show Saturday night at the Steelworker’s Hall and continue the following weekend in Halifax at the Marquee (May 9) and Chandler’s in Sydney (May 10). There’s only one catch – the record isn’t available yet. Word is it should be ready for next weekend’s shows.
BUILDING COMMUNITY TO GATHER TO REFURBISH. Plans are underway for a community concert with proceeds to benefit a venue that serves as a meeting place for groups of all ages throughout the year. The ‘Newsom Hall Committee’ has arranged an impressive evening, guaranteed to provide a musical sound for almost any taste. “The hall is used by several community oriented groups,” says committee spokesperson Karen Epifano, “we host everything from scouting troupes to birthday parties.” The concert will take place on May 4th, from 8 to 10pm, and the line up includes JOE FAHEY, SHEP DOUCETTE, AILEEN BUTLER, DARREN ELLSWORTH and friends, BRITTANY ELLSWORTH, MATTHEW EARHART & KRYSTAL BURTE. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased by phoning Epifano at 849.9410, or Donna Burte at 849.6519, as well as at the door on the night of the event. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a great evening, as we raise awareness of the hall.” Proceeds will help in funding renovation plans currently underway. Newsom Hall is at the corner of Dominion Street and Brookside in Glace Bay.
BONAPARTE BACK ON THE AIR. Popular broadcaster JACK BONAPARTE, former host of Wake Up To Cape Breton, is back on the air starting this weekend. “The show is called The East Coast Kitchen Racket,” says Bonaparte, “and it will air live from Pogue Fado Irish Public House Sunday mornings from 11am until 1pm on 780 KIXX Country. It will also be taped for broadcast on Aliant.net. The folks at Aliant have come on board as a sponsor and will professionally tape the audio and video for webcast.” The show will feature 100 percent East Coast content with live interviews and performances. A live audience will enjoy brunch at The Pogue while the show is airing and being taped for the web. The show will be similar to Wake Up to Cape Breton’s format and Bonaparte promises “a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”