Random Notes

*A couple of weeks back, we noted the winner of GrooveU's 1 Take Wonder singer-songwriter contest for high schoolers. Now GrooveU is back for its second season of Instaband, a competition for bands composed of high school musicians.

The Beat was a judge for a round of semifinals in last year's competition, which revealed a plethora of talent. GrooveU (and The Beat, as we'll be judging a semifinal round again this year) is hoping for more of the same for 2014.

The last day to enter this contest, which includes a recording contract for an EP, a music video and concert booking, is Dec. 8. Semifinals will be held in February. Visit instaband.org.


*In other musical contest news, the Columbus Children's Choir will sponsor its eighth annual Voice of the City Competition for singers age 8-18.

Deadline to register is Jan. 28, 2014. The grand prize is $1,000.

For details, visit columbuschildrenschoir.org.


*Prepping for this week's Fab Five, we noted a Dec. 11 show at Skully's Music Diner by Moistboyz featuring Dean Ween (from Ween). We noted it not because it received strong consideration for Fab inclusion, but because a preview of a Ween show lo these many years ago is among the most memorable we've written.

That's not because of what we wrote, but because our tepid depiction of the band resulted in a full email box the morning after the piece hit the street, with fans of the kooky alt-rockers taking umbrage with what we wrote, many calling us names, many of those unfit for publication in a family newspaper.

Not that this hasn't happened other times, but never has it risen to the level it did that day. And we don't hold it against anyone -- we've previewed a couple of local Ween performances in the years since.

It's just something we remember from Fab Fives gone by.