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Should Universal, BGP/CMP, Jacor Concerts and the rest be looking over their shoulders at nobody in particular presents? Maybe so--because Kauffman has big plans. "We want to pursue any entertainment-related business opportunities," he says. "We want to be a well-rounded company--a larger entity that's more diverse than solely relying on concerts. We want to get bigger faster. And this should help us do it."

Bluesy singer-songwriter Mary Flower has landed a choice gig: She's appearing on National Public Radio's Prairie Home Companion during a broadcast based in Durango. Hear her live at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, by tuning to KCFR-FM/90.1.

Every time I print information about bands looking for new members in this column, I get inundated afterward by other musicians wanting me to do the same thing for them. But the only reason I'm mentioning that the Emirs are looking for a new singer/guitarist or lead vocalist (call Steve at 756-5777 if you'd like to audition) is that the bandmembers saw me coming out of a Motel 6 late one night last week with a herd of sheep. Don't tell anyone, okay?

Baaaa. On Thursday, June 11, Jump Street hosts a fundraiser for homeless causes at Ninth Avenue West, and cHUck dA fONK and the Mile High Funkers explain that uppercase/lowercase thing at Herman's Hideaway. On Friday, June 12, Skull Flux drinks Concentrated Evil at Cricket on the Hill. On Saturday, June 13, the Connells croon at the Bluebird; Vance Gilbert vocalizes at Swallow Hill Music Hall; and Home Grown fires up at the Aztlan Theater. On Tuesday, June 16, Kate Schrock visits the Soiled Dove, and Joan of Arc attains sainthood at the 15th Street Tavern, with Acrobat Down. And on Wednesday, June 17, Smokin' Joe Kubek sets off alarms at Brendan's; Emmylou Harris and onetime Denver boy Bill Frisell headline a special taping of E-Town at Chautauqua; and Link 80 straps on a Brand New Unit at the Snake Pit. Batteries not included.

--Michael Roberts

Backbeat's e-mail address is: Michael_Roberts@westword.com. While you're online, visit Michael Roberts's Jukebox at www.westword.com.

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