Sunday, July 11, 2004

Blessid drummer promotes solo act


Mixed media

By Jim Knippenberg
Enquirer staff writer

Eddie Hedges, best known as drummer for Blessid Union of Souls, got married, went to Los Angeles a few years ago and is now back in town as a solo Christian act.

Check him out next Sunday when he shows up on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power television show (8 a.m. Channel 12) doing the single from his Something to Believe In CD (Toucan Cove Entertainment; $18.95).

The single is "If You Believe," and you can hear it starting late this week or early next week on WAKW-FM (93.3).

Speaking of which, Hedges is among the headliners at WAKW's upcoming concert, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 28, at Parky's Farm in Winton Woods.

Catch up with Hedges at www.eddiehedges.com; concert information: www.wakw.com.

Keeping up

Dave Straub is one busy man. The 25-year-old St. Xavier grad has been moving back and forth between Cincinnati and Los Angeles for the past three years, but he's home now - but not to rest.

Straub, mostly a writer who has been doing stand-up comedy hear and at Tulane University, most recently developed a pilot called Buffalo Dave for the Animal Planet. It stars comedian Dave Wichta who, unlike other animal show hosts, is scared of every animal he encounters. It was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo, but hasn't been slotted yet.

Now he's off to his next project. Chasing Bobby Knight is a film about a guy who coaches a fifth-grade basketball team and is obsessed with infamous college basketball coach Bobby Knight. So obsessed that he treats the kids just as Knight would, hoping to impress the guy.

He'll shoot a short version of it Aug. 13-15. He'll shoot the full-length version later, if the short version leads to financial backing.

But first he needs a crew and some actors - 10- to 12-year-old boys for the basketball team; a handful of men and women ages 35-50 years old; and a whole batch of extras to fill the stands.

He'll hold auditions 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Southern Ohio College, 1011 Glendale Milford Road. Contact Straub at chasingbobbyknight@yahoo.com to schedule yourself. Or call 503-7811.

Gnau's gone

One of the city's most popular storytellers has packed up and left. Tony Gnau - his "Where is Tony Gnau?" features were hugely popular - served his last day at Channel 5 last week.

He's now off to join Al Roker Productions as a feature reporter. Roker's company develops and produces network, cable, home video and public TV projects, including the travel series Going Places.

E-mail jknippenberg@enquirer.com




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