In the aftermath of an accidental fire that destroyed the screen and power sources for Durham's beloved Starlite Drive-In, people from around the Triangle are finding ways to help owner Bob Groves recoup and rebuild. Local musician Stephen Mullaney is rounding up bands for a benefit tentatively planned at Ooh La Latte in Durham. "I am currently trying to get bands interested in helping out. I am hoping to do one or two nights, if necessary," says Mullaney. "The goal is to help the Starlite get back on its feet." Mullaney says he choose Ooh La Latte rather than the drive-in itself as the venue because it has a sound system and the benefit could go off without concern for weather. During the hurricane season we're having so far, this sounds like prudent thinking. If your band would like to perform at the show, please contact Stephen Mullaney at email@example.com.
Also, a nonprofit foundation, "Save Our Starlite," has been set up at RBC Centura Bank to accept donations. You can visit any branch around the Triangle to donate. There are wheels in motion to hold some collector car show benefits for the drive-in in the near future. To keep track of Starlite fundraising events, look at photos of the condition of the drive-in, and donate online, point your browser to www.saveourstarlite.org. For the record... In recent recording news, Chapel Hill duo Bellafea has a couple new things going. A split seven-inch record with Des Ark is out on Exotic Fever Records, with Nathan Buchanan on drums and Stephanie Wallace on violin on their track. More at www.exoticfever.com. Bellafea's new six-track release, the Family Tree EP, is due in November on the Raleigh imprint Pidgeon English. Guests include Aimee Argote of Des Ark and Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds. More at www.pidgeonenglish.com.
Des Ark is staying busy, too, with a re-release of their first EP, Days of Prole, being included in the next issue of Slave Magazine. Look for this ninth issue on newsstands this fall. Look for the Des Ark full length, recorded with Zeno Gill and J Mascis, on Bifocal Media in January 2005. Stay tuned at www.des-ark.org.
Randy Bickford, alias The Strugglers, has a new one coming out this fall on the Madrid label Acuarela, titled The Fair Store. Bickford is recording a new long player, to be completed this month. The Strugglers Web site is www.thestrugglers.org.