Hepcat News

December 23, 2001
     If you haven't made plans for New Year's Eve, you might be interested in what's taking place at The Vine in Hollywood, California. The Phoenicians, featuring members of Hepcat, See Spot, and Donkey Show, will be performing, along with Joey Altruda deejaying. The Vine is Alex Desert's bar, and Alex may join The Phoenicians for a few songs.

     According to the invitation, tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door, and includes "all you can eat fondue buffet" and much more. The Vine is located at 1235 N. Vine St. in Hollywood, and the phone number for more information is 323-960-0800. Below is the invitation:

New Year's Eve Party
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     If you still haven't re-signed up to the new Hepcat mailing list, located at Yahoo! Groups, you need to do so. If you were signed up to the old list on Hotbot, all you need to do is enter your e-mail address below:

     When the new year hits, the old list will no longer be used, and if you haven't signed up with the new Hepcat Yahoo! Group, you will miss out on any future mailings. So what are you waiting for?

November 17, 2001
     If you have been longing to see Hepcat live, an upcoming Derrick Morgan concert should help ease this need. On December 2, 2001, Reggae Nucleus Magazine's 7th Anniversary Concert will be held at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The headliner for this event will be the ska legend Derrick Morgan. Backing him will be the Rough & Tough All Stars, which features members of Hepcat, as well as Ocean 11, and See Spot.

     The event begins at 8pm local time, and is an all ages show. More bands are expected to be announced, and you can find out more information about the Whisky A Go Go, by visiting their website.

Scott Abels     Hepcat's drummer, Scott Abels, contacted us recently and let us know the latest happenings with him. The Phoenicians, which used to be known as the Venusians, are set to record an album very soon. Who are the Phoenicians? Well, they feature Lino Trujillo (Hepcat's very first guitarist), Aaron Owens (Hepcat's guitarist), and Brian Dixon (from See Spot and the Rhythm Doctors) all on guitar, Dave Fuentes on bass (from Hepcat), Fat Matt Parker on keys (from the Adjusters and Donkey Show), and Scott Abels himself on drums and percussion. Scott tells us that some "very special guest singers" will also appear on the upcoming album. The Phoenicians blend reggae, rocksteady, Brazilian sounds, New Orleans funk, and soul, into a very unique combination. Be on the look out for this amazing group and album!

     Scott also tells that he has been working with DJ Muggs, from Cypress Hill, doing remixes for Manu Chao and Depeche Mode, including a song called "Freelove," which can be downloaded from Depeche Mode's website (www.depechemode.com). DJ Muggs will release his own solo album on Anti Records, a subsidiary of Epitaph/HellCat, and Scott will also appear on this album. The album is still untitled and should be released in the spring of 2002. While recording with DJ Muggs, Scott also worked on several tracks for Cypress Hill's own upcoming album, "Stoned Raiders," due out on December 4th, 2001 on Sony/Columbia records.

     In even more Scott Abels news, a new independent film entitled Zig Zag, which stars Wesley Snipes and Oliver Platt, will features a song that Scott not only wrote, but played drums, keys, guitar, bass, percussion, engineered, and mixed.

     These are some very impressive projects that you should be able to find soon! Special thanks and congratulations to Scott for filling us all in on these projects.

     Here is Hepcat's e-mail address where anyone can get in contact with the band. The address is: dancingmood@hotmail.com, so send them some messages!

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