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"That's the kind of thing I'd like to help people accomplish. I've given years and years of free advice, and I still want people to call me. But I'm going to run the meter now."

Morris, meanwhile, isn't planning to stand still. He says Jan Martin, a longtime associate, will likely take on more responsibility at the management company, and he's talking to other parties about coming aboard in the near future; he expects to make an announcement in a month or two. Whoever joins up will immediately have several big projects on which to work. Todd Park Mohr has already written several numbers for the next Big Head Todd studio album, which should be out in June 1999 on Giant/Reprise (the imprints merged after severe downsizing at Giant). The Monsters are also plowing through live recordings made on their last tour, with an eye toward the possible release of an in-concert album before Christmas this year. Leftover Salmon is in the planning stages for a new disc, too; it will likely be made up of duets with band pals such as John Prine. And Kottke is making his first all-instrumental record since his 1972 landmark platter Six- and Twelve-String Guitar. "With Mark going, it gives us a chance to do some new things with some new blood, and it could make things even better," Morris asserts. "But he leaves some big shoes to fill."

Club Mecca, a hip-hop nightspot located at 1360 College Avenue in Boulder, allegedly closed its doors for the last time in November 1996. But now some of the original principals involved in the venue are breathing new life into it; Mecca returns on Friday, August 14, and your presence there would be appreciated. Also on August 14, a benefit to save the Denver Civic Theater, located at 721 Santa Fe Drive, takes place from 7 p.m. until the wee hours of the following day. Entertainment will be provided by Coy Kindred, Otis Roach and a number of DJs to be named later. But not by me.

--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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