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Free Uma! Free Uma!
The new film, "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," stars Uma Thurman
and Janeane Garofalo in what is dubbed a "romantic 'Cyrano de
Bergerac' comedy." There will be a free sneak preview of the movie
tonight at the Natural Science Auditorium at 8 o'clock. And, of course,
.admission is free.
Thursday
April 18, 1996

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Funk, jazz bands, 'U' groups join in weekend-long music festival

By Brian A. Gnatt
Daily Music Editor

their jazzed-up gr
the massive grou

It's time to get funky. Groovawolva '96
So start groovin' and get revved up, because this weekend Hailing from N
is the first-ever Groovawolva, a full day of free music and fun combine their mus
to shake out those winter blues and give you your last dose funk jazz with pot
of fun before those evil exams and term papers turn your title of their major
brain into a big juicy pile of mush. says it all about th
Groovawolva '96 is the first in what is hoped will become While more on
along tradition of spring festivals at the University. Boasting also from New Y
a full day of arts, education and entertainment, the program danceable rhythm,
has set out to emphasize unity within the diverse University and vocals, has 1
community, celebrating the end of the
school year.
"We're doing this because lots of Boasting a full
schools have this groovy year-end cel-
ebration, and we didn't have anything day of arts,
like it," Groovawolva '96 chair Ryany
Goble said. "We needed something education and
more substantial than Hash Bash, that
would appeal to the large demograph- entertainment, the
ics of the University."
With a slew of national music acts, progam set
including the funky grooves of the
Brooklyn Funk Essentials, acid-jazzers out to emphasize
The Jazzhole, Philly hip-hoppers Moun-
tain Brothers and local act Getaway unity within the
Cruiser, the all-day concert should have -e
something to offer everyone. dy
Along with the bands will be the c
local comedy improv troupe Without A VU
Net, and the divine a cappella sounds of
Amazin' Blue and the Harmonettes. With various speakers gious experiencec
throughout the day, a dating game hosted by University "1 was sitting
television station WOLV, and lots and lots of free stuff to and she spewed c
give away, Groovawolva'96 is set to be the biggest thing on and I could see
campus this weekend. 'Groovawolva,"'
"Even the agnostic people are praying for a spring day," Blues Brothers' v
Goble said. back together."
The festivities are set to begin Friday at 4 p.m., when Organized by st
University graduate Dan Patterson, producer and creator butions from LSA
of Comedy Central's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", is ties Center Specia
scheduled to give a multimedia presentation about his Assembly, Resid
wacky improv comedy show (see info box for further Television, Stude
information). Affairs Programm
Saturday's festivities on Palmer Field (behind Alice Goble said Groo
Lloyd Hall) will begin at 1 p.m. after an ROTC demonstra- students and the C
tion of extreme firepower. Getaway Cruiser will kick off coordination, to b
the day of music and comedy, with Without A Net, contributions, Gr
Mountain Brothers, The Harmonettes, The Jazzhole, students who pres
Amazin' Blue and the Brooklyn Funk Essentials topping "LSA-Student(
it off in that order. rolling by giving
While maybe not as well known as P-Funk and George "Basically, we wa
Clinton, festival headliners Brooklyn Funk Essentials will be student organizati
sure to have your butt shaking and your soul funking with process, but now,

ooves. Featuring a powerful horn section,
up should be the perfect finale to the
festivities.
ew York City, Brooklyn Funk Essentials
ical, funky and energized brand of hip-hop
ent messages and a positive outlook. The
label debut, "Cool and Steady and Easy,"
e band.
the hip-hop acid-jazz tip, The Jazzhole,
ork, captures a great groove through their
s. The trio, comprised of keyboard, guitar
been together since 1990, defining and
redefining their sound, exploring new
musical avenues to retain their musical
edge.
Aside from all the music and enter-
tainment, there are hundreds of dollars
worth of freebees to be handed out
throughout the day. Sony Records, Vir-
gin Records, PolyGram and Capitol
Records, along with Miramax and Para-
mount Pictures, have all donated post-
ers, music and other rad stuff to be
given away.
Dining Services will be providing
food and drinks for the event, with-
outdoor food tents set up to service
festival-goers. They will be accepting
both meal credits and cash for their
delectable cuisine.
During the planning stage of the fes-
tival, Goble said it was almost a reli-
coming up with the name "Groovawolva."
in Pizza House next to this sorority girl
chipati chunks onto the table next to me,
e it all in front of my eyes. It said
he said. "It was like the scene in 'The
when Elwood knew he had to get the band
tudents and sponsored by generous contri-
Student Government, University Activi-
al Events, Soundstage, Michigan Student
ence Halls Association, WOLV Student
nt Alumni Council, Senior Days, Student
ing Council andthe Office ofMajorEvents,
vawolva '96 took a team effort between
University, and also hundreds of hours of
ring the event full circle. Thanks to all the
oovawolva '96 is free to all University
sent a student ID.
Government was the key to getting the ball
the majority of the funding," he said.
anted a real synergy effect getting as many
ons as possible. It was a hard and laborious
we're psyched."

Schedule of events:
Friday, April 19
4 p.m., 1324 E. Engineering
Auditorium:
Dan Patterson, producer and
creator of the Comedy Central
favorite "Whose Line Is It
Anyway?", will be giving a
multimedia presentation as
the commencement of
Groovawolva '96.
Saturday, April 20
1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Palmer Field
(behind Alice Lloyd Hall): -
1. P.m. - Getaway Cruiser -
The Ann Arbor band.
comprising members of the
Bucket and Whirling Road,
will kick off the first-ever
Groovawolva.
2 p.m. - Mountain Brothers
- Asian hip-hop band from
Philty hits the mic with its
infectious grooves.
3:15 p.m. - The Jazzhole -
This nine-piece acid-jazz/ hip-
hop outfit from New York City
will have your butt shaking.
4:45 p.m. - Brooklyn Funk
Essentials - The New York
funkers hit the stage with
their monstrous;12-piece
band. Tapping into funk, acid
jazz and reggae grooves, the
Brooklyn Funk Essentials iVill
bring down the house to wrap
up Groovawolva '96.
Without A Net, Amazin' Blue
and The Harmonettes will
perform between sets.
All events are free and open to
University students who
present a student ID. Dinin'g
services will be providing an
outdoor barbecue food tent
featuring neals for both
carnivores and vegetarians
alike. Meal plans and cash
will be accepted for food.

Above: The nine-
piece acid jazz /
hip-hop ensemble
The Jazzhole
comes to Ann
Arbor's
Groovawolva
staright out of
New York City.
Left: The Brooklyn
Funk Essentials
finishes off the
Groovawolva
festival on
Saturday evening.

Cris Kross
Young Rich & Dangerou$
Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Yup, they're back. Mac Daddy and
Daddy Mac have released their third
LP, "Young Rich & Dangerou$."
Things have changed since these At-
lanta natives first decided to "Jump"
4nd "Warm It Up." They've abandoned
that dufus, backwards-clothes style that
their groupies actually mimicked for
awhile.
I've never had much nice to say about
a Kris Kross production. Honestly, I've
never had too much nice to say about
any protege of Jermaine Dupri (except
for Xscape, whose newest CD is all
that). Sometimes I feel like I'm the only
person who can see through Dupri's
mirage. He isn't into finding talented
folk and making them stars; he searches
for the most untalented and unoriginal
and makes them look like stars. Gotta
give it to the man, though. He has duped
piillions.

Yes, I am saying Kris Kross can't
rap. These children need to be in school
learning how to spell their names cor-
rectly, not making millions because they
can'tklress properly. They have squeaky
voices and this annoying attitude on
their songs, which comes to a head with
this CD title. Makes me wanna snap
'em in two.
Many of the songs on this album are
straight. This has little or nothing to do
with Kris Kross, as they tend to be more
of a detriment to their music, if any-
thing. The beats on this album are dope.
You don't even need to ask why; of
course almost all of them are covers
from other songs.
"Mackin' Ain't Easy" features Kris
Kross rapping over the music of Ice
Cube's "Who's the Mack." In "Money,
Power and Fame," the duo makes a
mockery of L.L. Cool J by rapping to
the beats of "I Need Love." The funni-
est example of KK's continued depen-
dence of others' works lies in "Live and
Die for Hip Hop" where the duo raps
alongside another child of Dupri, Da
Brat, while Aaliyah moans pitifully in

the background. the change just does not suit her.
This song is ironic for other reasons, Most of these new songs are big,
too. Herewehave DaBrat,whoseearned theatrical productions - and most are
her fame by copy-catting the style of also overblown, oversung and hope-
Snoop Doggy Dogg, who pat'na hap- lessly muddled. Though McKee has a
pens to be 2PAC. Meanwhile, Da Brat fine voice with a considerable range, it
has a friendship with Notorious B.I.G. sounds a bit thin as she whoops and
Continuing in this musical weirdness, swoops through
we have Kris Kross sampling Biggie's "Absolutely Bark-
rapping on "Warning" on their "Da ing Stars," "I'm
Streets Ain't Right." Two songs later, Not Listening,".
on "Tonite's Tha Night (remix)," Kris "Smarter" and the
Kross raps over samples from "Riding title track.
High" which Snoop and Dr. Dre co- McKee plays
wrote. I just don't get it. all guitars on the:
Stupid rapping intermingled with stu- album, and her
pid interludes shows why Kris Kross is work is competent.
crap and "Young, Rich & Dangerou$" but less than ex-
is worthless (save some of the best traordinary (and
beats outrightnow). Ifeverarap duo so scarily Queen-.
openly reveled in their fakeness, it's like), especially '
Kris Kross. To support them is to sup- when compared to
port all that is bad in rap. the wondrous fret-
- Eugene Bowen work of ex- Maria McKee loves
Jayhawk Gary
Maria McKee Louris on "You Gotta Sin."
In the press kit accompanying "Life
Life Is Sweet Is Sweet," McKee repeatedly asserts
Geffen that these songs come closer to her own
musical vision than any others she's
written. If this record is the sound of
Some singer/songwriters can switch McKee finding her focus, here's hop-
musical styles easily, making their ing she finds a new one - soon.
moves between genres seem effortless. - Jennifer Buckley
Maria McKee is not one of those singer/
songwriters. Eric Matthews
While the songs on "Life Is Sweet"
certainly show McKee breaking from It's Heavy In Here
the rootsy, twangy, soul-tinged coun- Sub Pop
try-rock she favored in her days with
Lone Justice and on her second solo
effort, "You Gotta Sin to Get Saved," Foreveryone that laments the demise

of true pop in American music, Eric
Matthews is a savior. While with the
duo Cardinal, Matthews reminded
people that grunge wasn't the only color
in America's music palette. On his de-
but album "It's Heavy In Here,"
Matthews makes a joyous pop state-
ment that kills re-
hashed punk,
grunge and hippie
rock.
"It's Heavy In
Here" starts out
with the aptly
titled "Fanfare,"
which is reminis-
cent of Joe Jack-
son (in a good
way!) with its
tasteful brass and
intrinsic cool. But
just because
Matthews creates
o sing, true pop music -
with intelligent
lyrics, fluid melodies and tight hooks
- that doesn't mean that he is hide-
bound to tradition. Songs like "Forging
Plastic Pain" and "Poisons Will Pass
Me" are dissonant reminders of
Matthews' indie-rock background. The
symphonic touches on "It's Heavy In
Here," particularly on "Soul Nation to
Select Them" and "Three-Cornered
Moon" hint at something more than just
your typical indie release. After all,
when was the last time that Sub Pop
released an album that was "orches-
trated and conducted?"
But that's the point; like any good
artist, Matthews both embraces and
departs from tradition. "It's Heavy In

Here" could be taken as ultra-serjns
lounge music, a Harry Connick JO
bum for the unwashed indie masses
But that would sell Matthews-- and hi
audience - short. A complex yet in
stantly enjoyable album, "It's Heavy
Here" is a welcome debut.
- Heather Phare:
Loudon Wainwright I#i
"Grown Man"
Charisma Records America
Like Mojo Nixon and "Weird" A
Yankovic, Loudon Wainwright III is:
music comedian and social critic. Un
like both, however, Wainwright pos
sesses a good singing voice and ha,
more variety to his music than bott
Nixon and Yankovic. "Grown Man'
showcases an eclectic bunch of instru
ments played by Wainwright an*.
top-notch backup band, including a ar
monica, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ha
and accordion.
Wainwright definitely has fun whe
he sings and plays guitar on "Grow
Man." "I Wish I Was A Lesbian" is
humorous song in which Wainwrigh
"dares Casey Kasem to play this." Also
the penultimate song on "Grown Man,'
"Human Cannonball," is an ode t
Emanuel Zacchini Sr., who was
out of cannons for many years ire
Ringling Bros. circus. Sung in a melan
choly voice, "Cannonball" shows Wain
wright crooning the words to Zacchini'
New York Times obituary, which i
conveniently included in the liner notes
Wainwright is also a fierce critico
many of our modern-day faults. In "Cob
webs," he laments how the word "like'
has switched its use from being a prepo
sition to an audible pause. "Everybc
misusing that word / I heard it four time.
in one poor little sentence / It was th
saddest sound / I have ever heard." He i
also worrisome about the increasing real
ityofgeneticengineeringin" 1994,"wher
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