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Crowds of over 9000 people showed up for the WTUL Marathon Weekend. The Radiators would have continued, but another musical act was to perform. Clarence " Gatemouth " Brown, Texas Blues legend, impressed the crowd with his diverse talents guitar, mouth harp, and fiddle. For those who hadn ' t had enough, there were films in the evening. The turnout of several hundred was far better than expected. Sunday, Rob Steinberg, occupied the D-J chair for the final 24 hour shift. Again the threat of rain loomed. A wet Sunday would certainly hurt the turnout, but the Marathon had already exceeded all predictions of success, and Sunday was to be simply an added bonus. Woodenhead ' s instrumental work was well received by those who awoke at 11:00, an ungodly hour on Sundays at Tulane. They finished and made way for the unique Robert " One Man " Johnson, blues artist from Wisconsin. By the time he finished, the crowd was larger than any of the staff had expected. Musically, the last two hours were the Marathon ' s best. Lil ' Queenie and the Percolators worked the crowd into a fren- zy. Toward the end of their set, it seemed that storms would drench all. Stage crew people got on top of the sound truck to immediately cover the speakers in case of rain. Leigh Harris, aka Lil ' Queenie, shook all she had and sang up such a storm that the clouds had vanished by set ' s end. Although the Marathon was Guitarist, Deacon John, master of the New Orleans sounds, thrills the crowds. winding down, the crowd seemed ready for 3 more days. When George Porter ' s Joy ride took the stage, the crowd seemed saddened that it was the last band. Joyride began playing their special brand of funk music. The WTUL staff was finally able to realize the magnitude of the Marathon ' s success. There had not been time for self praise up to that point, but those who had worked so hard were now able to pause for a moment and appreciate their own accom- plishment. The wind started to blow and clouds rolled in. It looked like the Marathon would have a wet finish. George kept right on going, as if he knew everything would be alright. Magically, the clouds just disappeared right out of the sky. Many people felt that Joyride ' s was the finest set of the entire weekend, and they brought the crowd sky high. Deacon John joined the band in a final jam that no one will ever forget. By 8:00 that night, the stage, bands and people were gone. All that was left were empty beer cups and an empty quad. Rob Steinberg played records all night while staff members answered phones. The Marathon had exceeded anyone ' s anticipation of success. A lot of hard work went into its preparation, and many people deserve praise. The ulti- mate praise, however, lies in the fact that, to all who ' d been here before, it was un- doubtedly the best Marathon ever. 109
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WTUL ' s Rock on Survival Marathon Keeping Progressive Rock Alive in New Orleans It was Friday the 13th of March, the first day of WTUL ' s Rock on Survival Marathon, and it was raining. General Manager Rick Arnstein, the Tech staff and the stage crew were out at 9:00 am watching the skies with fingers crossed. The rain finally stopped and the crew began setting up. By 3:00, when New Orleans guitar great. Deacon John, took the stage, there was not a cloud any- where, and the entire WTUL staff breathed a collective sigh of relief. Barney Kilpat- rick, the first of the three 24-hour disc jockeys, began the Marathon from atop the U.C. As people all over New Orleans phoned in requests and donations, Bar- ney spun tunes to keep progressive rock alive in the Crescent City. Deacon John ripped through a set of rock and roll that turned the Quad into a huge dance floor. The New Meters, one of New Orleans ' funkiest bands, played af- ter Deacon John. They kept the Quad dancing until well after sunset. " If music be the food of love, play on. " So said William Shakespeare, years be- fore WTUL ' s annual find-raiser. Howev- er, no words more appropriately describe day 2 of the Marathon. New Orleans ' two hottest bands, the Cold and the Radiators, were scheduled to play that afternoon. The Uptights warmed up as the ever-increasing crowd wasted no time getting into the partying spirit. By the time the Cold started, several thousand people occupied the Quad. The day was already a success. Staff mem- bers sold beer, T-shirts, and mugs, col- lected donations and, at the same time, partied along with everyone else. When the Cold finished their upbeat perfor- mance, the music of Kathy Caraway, D-J number two, took over as the stage crew quickly made way for the Radiators. The Radiators have the most devoted " hardcore " following in New Orleans, and deservedly so. When Zeke Fishhead, lead singer, began the first song, the crowd knew every word. They kept sing- ing as several thousand people danced for two straight hours to the fishhead music. The Radiators were asked to play an ex- tended set and they complied happily. By about 4:00 in the afternoon, approximate- ly 6,000 people were on the Quad partici- pating in the Marathon. The publicity had been an overwhelming success, as many non-students took part in the weekend ' s festivities. Staff member, Sabrina Bunks, sells T-shirts to raise funds for WTUL. Disc Jockey Barney Kilpatrick opened the Marathon by spinning records for 24 hours. Frenetic lead singer of The Cold, Barbara Mendez, belts out the lyncs to one of their hit songs.
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