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Montrose music gets pushed out towards the Heights

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Matthew Fournier, a Massachusetts teenager charged with the possession of a bong, a bottle of whiskey and ten beers, was recently sentenced to listen to and write a report on Afroman's single "'Cause I Got High." Massachusetts District Court Judge Nancy Dusek-Gomez called Afroman's work "a stupid rap song" yet decreed that charges against Fournier would be dropped on completion of his report and six months off the dope and booze. While the Honorable Ms. Dusek-Gomez no doubt hopes that Fournier will zero in on the Afroman line "Now, I'm a quadriplegic and I know why / Because I got high," one wonders if Fournier will be listening to a CD single and not the complete album. Other cuts from Afroman's "Just Say Yes" album, The Good Times, include "Let's All Get Drunk," "She Won't Let Me Fuck" and "Tall Cans."…Bassist/ vocalist Bianca Halstead, a.k.a. Bianca Butthole of the band Betty Blowtorch, was killed in a car crash just outside New Orleans in the wee hours of December 15. A reportedly intoxicated Metal Sludgecorrespondent was driving the Corvette carrying Halstead when it spun out of control. Halstead died instantly. She was scheduled to play Fitzgerald's here later that day. At her cremation service in New Orleans, a recording of AC/DC's "She's Got Balls" was played, and her ashes are to be interred for all eternity, according to Los Angeles New Times writer Jim Freek, in a vintage KISS thermos…Jug O' Lightnin'is looking for a new drummer. Chris King is leaving the band in order to go back to college and get one of them there "career" things…Mike Barfieldis seriously pondering dropping the Hollisters name in favor of performing under his own moniker…Now that the winter solstice has passed and the days are starting to get longer, it's time to cast our eyes toward the big shows of late winter and early spring. Mardi Gras Galveston has lined up the Young Dubliners, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Jonny Lang, B.B. King, Global Village, Ian Moore, Fondue Monks, Gel, Blue October, Better than Ezra and more than 40 other bands for the Oleander City bacchanalia on February 1, 2, 8 and 9. The French-themed Houston International Festival on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 has confirmed performers ranging from Zimbabwean master Oliver Mtukudzi to Gallic neo-cabaret act Paris Combo, not to mention a potent assemblage of groups from formerly French-speaking Louisiana, including ragin' Cajuns Beausoleil and Mardi Gras Indians the Wild Magnolias…Also, for those of you who give a flea's dandruff, Foghat, yes, Foghat, is coming to the Radisson Astrodome in February. Should be good people-watching, at any rate…If you've never had a cup of coffee with a bassoonist, let me tell you, you haven't lived. And now you can, thanks to the Houston Symphony's Coffee with the Conductor series. Houston Symphony principal bassoonist Benjamin Kamins will be guest of honor at the January installment of the bimonthly program that takes place at the Barnes & Noble at 7626 Westheimer.

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