Bulletin Board December 16 2000

Christmas bonus. The Earl has upped its normal live-music cover charge in December by $2 to raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Patrons can either pay the two bucks, which will be donated, or they can bring two cans of food to avoid paying the additional charge. Either way, it'll help feed the hungry.
Also buying $2 of food ... Modern-rock station 99X's 99Xmas Soundtrack is now available at metro-area Quick Trip locations. The 14-track CD, costing a mere $2 donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, features holiday favorites by locals including Collective Soul, Ultrababyfat, Marvelous 3, Soup, Angie Aparo, 6X, Kevn Kinney, Vic Chesnutt, Shawn Mullins and Modern Hero.
New lease on life. House of Blues has acquired exclusive booking rights to Center Stage, a 1,200-seat Midtown theater that's been largely dormant of late, and will present shows there regularly, beginning with 3 Doors Down, Dec. 29-30 (an official grand opening is scheduled for March 1). The steep, horseshoe-shaped venue will remain the same, and a dance club and restaurant will be added to create an entertainment complex of sorts. Center Stage will not be renamed House of Blues, though H.O.B. will be its primary client. In many cases, local acts will be booked to open for national headliners. Contact Lucy Lawler at LLawler@postman.HOB.com for more info.