Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Edwin McCain and his band headline a show with solo singer/songwriters Meghan Coffee (who’s featured in Turner South’s recent Music Road show, hosted by McCain) and Michael Tolcher on Thurs. Dec. 29; shag music aficionados Chairmen of the Board strut the beach music and soul tunes on Fri. Dec. 30, Carolina nü-rock band Crossfade share the bill with Not Yet Rated, Namedropper, and Confliction on New Year’s Eve. Check the full season’s schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.


Charleston musician and blues enthusiast Gary Erwin (of local blues act Shrimp City Slim) recently revealed a working lineup for the 2006 Bonterra Lowcountry Blues Bash, scheduled for Feb. 10-19. Already in its 16th year, the annual music festival will bring a wide variety of blues, soul, R&B, and boogie acts (local and national) to 17 venues across the city. By the early ’90s, Erwin had established the local Blues Society collective and began spinning sides on public radio. He currently serves as main cheerleader for the Blues Bash as host of the weekly “Blues on The Bridge” program from 9 to 11 p.m. every Sunday on The Bridge 105.5 FM. The variety of acts played on the radio reflects the variety in the festival lineup. Check out www.bluesbash.com for updates.


Summerville-based rock quartet Neverthaless is “officially on hiatus” at the moment, thus bringing an end to their weekly gigs at the Strike Zone. More from them later. Popular downtown dance spot Bar 145 (on Calhoun Street) closed its doors for good last week. Word has it the former manager will open a ritzy new venue next door in the Knights of Columbus building.


Store owner and veteran sound engineer Jeff Wilson, of Musicians Playground (the newly-opened music shop located next to Yo Burrito at 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant), has already hosted bass and drum clinics in his main showroom. In January, he plans to offer a 10-week beginner’s course for those hoping to learn the technical intricacies of audio engineering and become recording studio and live sound wizzes. Wilson is signing up to 250 students for the clinics. Call the shop at 881-7725 for more information (is this thing on?). —T. Ballard Lesemann

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