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ISSUE 116 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/4/2002

Bar Code Blue: Local band with a hometown appeal

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 4, 2002

Bar Code Blue, a newly formed off-shoot of an older band, The $5000 Club, rocked the Contented Cow in its second concert there Sept. 28. "It was definitely our best show yet," said Pete Kuhlman, bass player for the band. The band is composed of St. Olaf seniors Drew Stevenson, guitar and vocals, Peter Kuhlman, bass, Linda Johnke, vocals, Mike Watercott, drums and keyboard and Luke Moravec, a student at St. Scholastica, is on drums, keyboard and vocals. Kuhlman and Johnke are members of the St. Olaf Choir. Watercott is a member of St. Olaf Cantorei Choir. The original band, The $5000 Club, was formed in 1997 and consisted of Stevenson and Moravec, as well as Courtney Flynn, Peter Vogal and Matt Derichs. Derichs left the band two years later and was replaced by Shawn Kmetz. Later, Flynn, Kmetz, and Vogal all left the group. In 2001, Stevenson and Moravec decided to renew the band, adding Johnke, Kuhlman and Watercott. It soon became apparent that this fresh band needed a new name, thus Bar Code Blue was born. The band recently played two shows at the Contented Cow and are looking at performing there again in November. Their first show was Aug. 1, 2002. "I think we did a lot better this time," said Johnke. "I, at least, was a lot less nervous." Bar Code Blue hopes to play in the Pause during Interim or second semester. They have plans in the works to open for the Love Cars and possibly play at Treasure Island Casino as part of a talent competition. They also intend to talk to Carleton about performing a show on their campus. One of the bands goals for this year is to compete in the annual Battle of the Bands at St. Olaf and to also play at Wellstock. "We will be winning the Battle of the Bands, you can count on it," said Watercott. "I think they definitely have the potential to really go somewhere," said Kelsay Ludwig, 03. The bands long-term goals are to play at festivals and some small clubs in the Twin Cities during the next summer. "We don't really want to be a bar band," said Stevenson. "But at this point we can't really be picky." The band plans to produce a CD this spring that will have approximately 10 of their best original songs on it.

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