Plans for the “Fourth Annual Charleston Battle of the Bands Competition” are coming together. On Thurs. Feb. 16, five local acts shall be chosen from all of the collected entries to compete for cash and donated prizes at the Music Farm on Thurs. March 23. Proceeds will benefit the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Local “celebrity judges” will determine the winner. Entry forms are available at www.cofc.edu/communication, at 52.5 Records, or at the CofC’s Dept. of Communication office at 5 College Way. The final deadline for entries is Wed. Feb. 15. The fee is $10. Send ’em to: Battle of the Bands, Dept. of Communication, 66 George St., Charleston, S.C. 29424. Call 240-1507 for more info.


Georgia-based companies Terrapin Beer (the hoppiest hippie ale this side of the Rockies) and Hittin’ the Note magazine bring “Jamfest” to the Pour House this month. It’s an 18-show tour featuring over 18 different bands, headlined by Macon-based Moonshine Still. A portion of proceeds from every “Jamfest” event will be donated to worthy causes, including financial aid for bassist Dave Gesualdo’s (of Mountain of Venus) cancer recovery and local food banks in the cities in which the tour will stop. Look for Moonshine Still and Harris Gardner (of Woodwork Road Show) on Fri. Feb. 24 with locals The Key of Q and on Sat. Feb. 25 with Mood Cultivation Project. See www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more.


Local rockers Kapone have officially broken up. “We split up for a few different reasons — one of the main ones being a sizeable disagreement on musical direction … and also some personal reasons as well,” says guitarist Harold Johnson. They decided to play a farewell show at the Music Farm on Sat. April 1. According to Johnson, he and guitarist Chris Nelson are already working on forming a new group, while singer Brian Montgomery and bassist Evan Lampkin are forming a “slightly heavier” group as well. In other break-up news, the newly-assembled Americana rock band The Hearts made their impressive debut last week at Cumberland’s. This week, they make their exit. After just one show, singer, guitarist and main songwriter Taylor Williams decided to high-tail it back home to Texas to pursue other endeavors. Tex, we hardley knew ye! Adios, kids. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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