The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 27
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 27

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, June 5, 1998
Page 27
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THE SALINA JOURNAL encore! FRIDAY, JUNES, 1998 D3 Jam/ New groups add variety of music styles Christian rock group plans to go where God leads in their careers FROM PAGE D1 "I feel God is going to lead me to a purpose." Nick Johnson musician Stephenson's home life growing up wasn't all smooth. His stepfather was abusive, and his younger half-brother Tommy died at age 4 in a car accident in 1988. Part of Stephenson's music ministry is talking to audiences about how God helps survivors cope with such tragedies. "Everybody suffers. I don't think anybody suffers any greater pain than anyone else; they just suffer it in different ways," he said. Johnson's background includes not only a passion for music but an uncommon college major these days — ^ French language at KU. "I've been to France four times, and my mom majored in French," he said. "Oddly enough though, I have no clue why I'm majoring in French. I have no idea what purpose that is going to serve. But I feel God is going to lead me to a purpose. Still, I'm leaving my options open. I'm doing the pre-med route to go to medical school." Although they're preparing for careers outside of music, the group hopes to sign with a major record label. "We have no idea what God wants us to do with this band," Johnson said. "If God wants us to remain at the level we're at, that's cool. But if he wants us to go big, obviously he wants us to do that, too. All of us have that dream of playing in front of thousands of people on a regular basis." "... Without losing our focus and our heads getting big," Stephenson said. No One's Judge is (from left) Steve McKinney, bass; Jason Green, drums and percussion; Bryan Stephenson, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Nick Johnson, lead guitar and vocals; and Luke Brodine, keyboards. Flanagan's Dawgs Ska music, a style that originated in Jamaica, is kin to reggae and rose to popularity on the East Coast. It's one of the styles played by Flannagan's Dawgs. "It's generally pretty up tempo Flanagan's Dawgs are (from left) Mike Vallis, bass; Matt The members of Walrus have written more than 30 Sharp, guitar and lead vocalist; Stephen Rogers, tenor songs. They are (from left) Abe Krumm, Taton Tubbs sax; and Paul White, drums. and Brandon Draper. and has a melodic horn line," Dawgs member Paul White said. The Dawgs ska number is an instrumental called "The Precipitat- ing Event." It's one of the tracks on their first CD, released in April, titled "User Friendly." The Salina group has been performing together for a year and includes Mike Vallis on bass, Matt Sharp on guitar and vocals, Stephen Rogers on tenor sax and White on drums. All four band members are between 18 and 19 years old. The name Flanagan's Dawgs comes from independent filmmaker Kevin Smith's movie "Mallrats." "We're always writing music," White said. "This is the first group I'd played with that we went beyond covers and started writing original music." Besides ska, Flannagan's Dawgs plays "funk, fusion, jazz, a little bit of punk and a little bit of reggae," White said. The members of the group got together after jamming in other bands on and off. "We don't try and limit ourselves to any one style. We do whatever we can," White said. Walrus About five years ago Paul Draper was performing with the band Rebel Miles at Festival Jam and his son, Brandon, sat in on drums. This year, Paul Draper will sit in on organ with son Brandon, while Brandon's band Walrus plays at the jam. Walrus is Taton Tubbs, 19, on drums and backup vocals; Abe Krumm, 20, on bass; and Brandon Draper, on guitar and lead vocals. Brandon Draper's musical career started when his dad was playing with Dean Kranzler in a band. Kranzler today is a percussion instructor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, and Draper is one of his students. "I was beating on boxes, and he said, 'Give that kid lessons,' so my dad did," Draper said. All three members of Walrus have been going to school together since sixth grade, but only evolved into a band two years ago. They have written more than 30 songs, Draper said. The band also covers such songs as "Born on the Bayou" by Cree- dence Clearwater Revival and "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Shiek. One of their original songs they'll perform at the jam is "Think." It's a slower song in the middle but "picks up and screams at the end," Draper said. "It's all about people who need to think for themselves. There are too many people out there trying to follow each other. "Most of our songs are hope-filled. They're about kind of trying to do the right thing." CORNER 'The Postman' covers familiar territory for Costner audience Here are reviews on some of the : current and upcoming videos: The Postman Are audiences growing overfa- miliar with the spectacle of Kevin Costner as an eccentric loner in the wilderness, coming across an isolated community, and then joining their war against evil marauders? After "Dances With Wolves" and "Waterworld," here is a third version of essentially the same character. In a postnu- clear America, in * 2013, he poses as a postman of a fic- new government and be- "cbrries a mythic figure, in a three- "ijour parable that outstays its wel- Scream 2 A sequel to the horror film in which all of the characters had seen other horror films and knew the cliches and all the deadly mistakes to avoid. Bloodier than the first film, but witty, with a self- mocking screenplay that has the characters debating the success of movie sequels, while once again a slasher in a ghost mask stalks victims. Rating: Three stars. The Tango Lesson A tantalizing emotional duel between a tango dancer and the British woman filmmaker who suggests a trade: He'll give her dance lessons, and she will cast him in one of her upcoming movies. Director Sally Potter ("Orlando") and dancer Pablo Veron play characters named Sally and Pablo, suggesting parallels with real life situations. There are dance sequences of dazzling virtuosity, some tentative romantic sparring, and a disagreement about the most dangerous question in dance — and art: Who leads? Rating: Three and a half stars. OPEN HOUSE JUNE 6 & 7 SATURDAY 9 - 5 SUNDAY 1 - 5 ROGER EBERT Universal Press Syndicate ; Rating: One and a half stars. : The End of Violence • Wim Wenders' first American tfilm since "Paris, Texas" stars Bill ; Pullman as a kidnapped Holly- ;wQod producer and Gabriel Byrne •as a mysterious government fig• ure working with an experimental I system to keep all of Los Angeles lunder surveillance. Lots of ideas ;—-about Hollywood, crime, vio- •lence, privacy and paranoia — but ^the' film doesn't really hang together, and there are too many .'subplots that don't pay their dues •to the central story. • ' Rating: Two stars. THE DAVE POOR SHOW 3am-1 Dam Weekdays Keith Richardson -author and anthropologist- will discuss and sign his book Andy Lakey's Psychomanteum: Spiritual Journeys Guided by Art, Angels and Miracles Take Home The Peace Of Angels el Store 131 N. Main • Lindsborg, KS 67456 Phone: 785-227-2890 • FAX: 785-227-4236 Grand Opening Of Cedar Creek, Salinas Most Exclusive Manufactured Home Community. This luxurious facility offers the Cedar Community Center and storm shelter. The timing is perfect to select your home site and your new Melvin Home. Complete with carport and custom step or deck. ELVIN lOMES NEWS TALK 91O and head on out to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge PRAIRIE DAYS June 6 and 7 - 9:00-4:00 Tours Of Buffalo - Cowboy Shoot - Traders Demonstrations - Music - Workshops On Plains Indian Lifestyles & Harmonica - Stage Coach Rides - Buffalo Burgers - Bird Identification Wildflower Walks - Raptors Display - FREE Fishing Clinic Saturday 1-4 (Age 6 & Over) Rods & Bait By KDWP Located 6 Miles North Of Canton Ph. 316-628-4455 For Info. Downtown Canton Events - Saturday, June 6,9-2 Both locations will have their model homes at this open house. So be sure to stop in and register for our great Grand Opening/Open House prizes! lQac!2 Deck • Delm^ Patio Furniture Peluxe Gas Grill and Many Morel Cedar Creek - located offI-135/Schilling Rd. west to Casey's then south on Marcella to Cedar Creek Melvin Homes - 1700 N. 9th.

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