Billboard Bits: CMJ, Crosby/Nash, 'Road To Voodoo'

News on CMJ, Crosby/Nash, 'Road To Voodoo'

MMJMy Morning Jacket, Black Box Recorder, Killing Joke, the New Deal, the Fever and VHS Or Beta will perform at the kick-off concert for the 2003 CMJ Music Marathon. The show will be held Oct. 22 on multiple floors at New York's Webster Hall and will feature additional bands to be announced.

The 23rd edition of CMJ, which runs through Oct. 25, will feature performances throughout the New York area by the Rapture, the Shins, Superchunk, Death Cab For Cutie, Broken Social Scene and the Mars Volta, among hundreds of others. For more information, visit the event's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DavidDavid Crosby and Graham Nash will headline an Oct. 4 benefit concert in Los Angeles for the Grace Center, a non-profit group that aids women and children who have survived domestic violence. The fundraiser, to take place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., will also feature performances by Paula Cole, Julia Fordham and Judith Owen.

The concert follows a fundraising dinner and auction put on by Grace Center's board president Marilyn Wells. Actors Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek will host the evening.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

FuelFuel, Smile Empty Soul and DJ Swamp will hit the road Sept. 29 on the Playstation 2 Road to Voodoo tour. Presented by Best Buy and the House of Blues, the trek will play 21 dates leading up to the
Voodoo Music Experience over Halloween weekend in New Orleans. Fuel is slated to play the festival on Nov. 1, with Smile Empty Soul set to perform the next day.

Along the way, Fuel will play a few of its own shows, including events sponsored by KTBZ Houston (Oct. 11) and WZTA Miami (Oct. 17). For the full itinerary, visit the band's official Web site.

Fuel will release its third album, "Natural Selection," Tuesday (Sept. 23) via Epic. Issued in May, Smile Empty Soul's self-titled Lava/Atlantic debut recently topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Here are the Road to Voodoo tour dates:

Sept. 29: San Francisco (Slim's)
Sept. 30: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
Oct. 1: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
Oct. 3: San Diego (Cane's Ballroom)
Oct. 4: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Oct. 5: Tempe, Ariz. (Nita's Hideaway)
Oct. 7: Denver (Gothic Theatre)
Oct. 9: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
Oct. 10: Dallas (Gypsy Ballroom)
Oct. 14: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
Oct. 15: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Oct. 18: Myrtle Beach, Fla. (House of Blues)
Oct. 19: Washington D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 21: New York (Irving Plaza)
Oct. 22: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
Oct. 23: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 25: Cleveland (The Odeon)
Oct. 26: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
Oct. 28: Minneapolis (Quest Club)
Oct. 29: Chicago (House of Blues)
Oct. 31: Memphis (New Daisy Theatre)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.