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Both the Austin Aqua Festival and the Sixth Street Music and Heritage Festival have wound to a close. Well, not quite; Aqua Fest had to delay their boat races until the 26th and 27th due to Tropical Storm Dean, but despite bouts of heat and rain over the first few days, the Fest's Jack Macy figures they did "at least even" with last year's attendance. Heritage Festival organizer/Austin Music Commission chairman French Smith didn't have exact numbers available, but reports about 21-22,000 people paid to see the bands performing on Sixth Street during the fest. Some have been questioning the timing of Smith's events, as the Heritage Fest was held in the middle of long-established Aqua Fest and his July Cajun weekend on Sixth Street went head-to-head with the Clarksville Jazz Festival, resulting in disastrously low attendance for the latter, says CJF's Harold McMillan. CJF was left owing money and McMillan says, "I once again have to consider why I do this stuff." McMillan feels that something is wrong when the Music Commission approves one event and commission chair Smith then schedules his own event in competition to it. At a Music Commission meeting on the Tuesday following Clarksville, a CJF staff member suggested that Smith should perhaps resign as chairman (though not necessarily from the commission altogether); a committee was formed to investigate the possibility of conflict of interest. For his part, Smith notes that, while his detractors' concerns "may have some validity," he contends that "what I do is perfectly legal" adding that he has been organizing similar festivals for 18 years, over a decade longer than the commission has been in existence. The committee delayed a report that was due at the last meeting of the commission a few weeks ago. (Smith says he was interviewed by the committee and that he is not sure of the reasons behind the delay.) The report is expected to be given at the next commission meeting in early September.


That bat-biting Ozzy Osbourne was in fine, sober form this week when he took a break from his rehearsal time at the Austin Music Hall to hold a press conference. In it, the teetotaling terror announced a special show at the Music Hall this Saturday (I assume tickets will be sold out by the time you read this - I'm sorry, there was nothing I could do) and promised to be a good boy next time he visits the Alamo (he was allowed to reenter San Antonio a couple of years ago following his famous watering of the mission in the Eighties). He also says that people should expect some surprises on his upcoming Ozzmosis album (due September 12), as he's spent the last three years in "musical exploration." He didn't say whether or not he's been spending any time under the Congress Avenue bridge.

Mixed Notes

I don't have a confirmation on this, but it sure sounds like something that would happen: I'm told that Bryan Bowden, ex-drummer of Sixteen Deluxe, no sooner completed his recent move to New York than he managed to break his foot attempting to play basketball. Smooth move, Little Bry... Those nasty little hairs! Toni Price is proud of 'em, it seems. The word going around is that T.P. is upset that the crops in her underarm farm were airbrushed out of the cover of her new album Hey (the #1 seller at Waterloo Records last week, by the way). Well, kids, grab a pen and scribble 'em back in. You have the artist's approval! Interestingly, the Antone's/dos label won't have such worries about Candye Kane. Her new CD Knockout is due next month, and I hear the cover photo is a TKO ... The 10th (yow!) annual SXSW music Conference's early submission deadline is coming up on October 15. To get a showcase application, either call 512/467-7979, fax 512/451-0754, or e-mail 72662,2465@compuserve. com. If you're already on their mailing list, just hang loose; you'll get one automatically... Among the goings-on at Arlyn and Pedernales studios are Gurf Morlix producing Jimmie Dale Gilmore's next Elektra release; the Rev. Horton Heat working on one with neither Gibby nor Al, but Randall Jamail at the helm; Guy Forsyth and Ruben Ramos preparing new ones for Antone's and Bobwire Records, respectively; and Ian Moore working on his own "Don't Mess With Texas" ad. Oh, and Paul Leary has finished production of Euripides Pants' album, about which normally withdrawn drummer Rey Washam has reputedly been beaming... I hear Buck Owens made it to one of the Continental Club's annual shows in his honor. I also hear he was pretty impressed by the attention - or should I say he was in "hee-awe"? Buck spent so long in his bus with Kelly Willis, though, that people were starting to wonder if a picture of them coming out would end up in the Enquirer. Kelly keeps hanging out with older and older men - I'm afraid the next scandal will be over a shot of her leaving Ernest Tubb's grave... A couple of corrections in last week's list of local bands making the trek to New Orleans' Cutting Edge Film Festival next month. Wheel (who have a CD coming out soon called Hip Eponymous - say it fast a few times) will be playing, though their name came out somewhat mutated in the list, and Liquid Mice will not be playing; rather, two ex-Mice, a few members of Brown Hornet, a Jazz Pharaoh, and one of the Presidents will be performing together as Thwack!... Ed Hall will be heading to Lafayette, LA, this weekend to make up for a show they were scheduled to play two weeks ago at Grant Street Dance Hall. It seems that a disgruntled customer who had a bone to pick with the club manager was calling bands booked at the venue and telling them not to show up, as the club had been raided... You can add Kathy McCarty's name to the list of locals who have gotten some interest from Geffen. Then again, it seems like pretty soon you'll be able to add every band in town to that list... Sector 2 Records has inked a worldwide distribution deal with Koch International. The first new releases from the label under the new arrangement will be albums from Dash Rip Rock, Fear, and the Beat Farmers... For those who had been wondering what has happened to Michael "Curly" Jobson since he was last seen leaving the Ministry compound with suitcase in hand and thumb in the air (or was that his middle finger?), did you notice his name listed in the Lollapalooza "guide book" as road manager for Hole? Can you say "out of the frying pan and into the fire"?... Jimmy LaFave has an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records this Friday at 5pm... Gals Panic's Goopy Pyramid Label has been picked up for national and international distribution by Cargo Records and Dutch East India Trading Co. The band is heading off on a two month tour as their I Think We Need Helicopters enters its third pressing... Following a trip by Chris Smith to Midget Studios to lay tracks on Chris Chambers' (ex-Skatenigs) latest project, Smith and the rest of Sixteen Deluxe headed off to L.A.last week on Atlantic Records' tab. The band's first priority on the trip was reportedly to ride the Star Wars shuttle at Disneyland. (It broke down midway through the last time I was there - luckily, they keep a spare)... I just ran across somebody (on the Internet, probably) who was wondering what's up with Terminal Mind founder Stephen Marsh. Well, the answer just got dropped in front of me: He'll be at the Electric Lounge this Friday with Marble Index... Mourning Jerry Garcia? AM15 just got some Grateful Dead videos to air this Saturday night at 12:30am... Confidential to vacationing rock critics: The Green Room forThe Late Show with David Letterman is not located on sidewalk outside the CBS studios.

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