FUNK | George Clinton & The Children of Production

w/ Kendra Foster, Sativa, The Movement
Wed. Feb. 8
Music Farm
$20 ($15 adv.)

The Mothership connection! Bandleader and vocalist George Clinton — best known among badasses as the “Godfather of Funk” (and he deserves the heavyweight title) — brings a new ensemble to town this week. The Children of Production is a “babyship taking off with the blessing of the mothership” based in Denver. Led by guitarist Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff, a member of Clinton’s long-running P-Funk band since ’94, the 13-piece C.O.P. jam through a “foundation of hip-hop blended with jazz, blues, world, rock, gospel, classical, and funk … it’ll blow the cobwebs out of your mind.” Clinton has been gettin’ down since forming Parliament in New Jersey in 1955! Listen for such standards as “Red Hot Mama,” “Flashlight,” “I Wanna Testify,” and “Atomic Dog.” —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY


ROCK | Staind

w/ Theory of a Deadman, Loser
Wed. Feb. 8
The Plex

Mega rock band Staind — a seriously dramatic “new rock” act known for such hits as “It’s Been Awhile,” “Fade,” “For You,” and “Epiphany” — last hit S.C. in December at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach behind their latest album, Chapter V. This time, the rock chart-toppers — lead singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki — make it all the way to Charleston. The well-polished, 12-song collection became the group’s third straight disc to debut atop the Billboard’s album charts. Lead-off single “Right Here” hit number one on the “Mainstream Rock” charts in August. “In a live situation, I think it’s the best we’ve ever been,” says Lewis. “All we’ve done since we started, really, was to play these songs and polish them, and get better. It’s all practice. In the studio, I think this is the best record we’ve done yet, too. I think we’ve matured, too. With time spent and experience, you hope to mature and learn along the way.” —TBL WEDNESDAY


ROCK | Denison Witmer

Thurs. Feb. 9
Village Tavern

“I go through phases,” admits Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Denison Witmer. “Sometimes I really like being by myself because that’s the way I started and that’s what I’m really used to. I have this internal timing that I create where I can just control the entire environment of the evening. But lately I’ve really been enjoying when I can play with the band because those other musicians, they keep you accountable to actually performing a little bit better.” Constantly compared to Elliott Smith (though yet to see the resemblance), Witmer will be going solo on his current run, bringing his mellow, acoustic rock sound to new audiences and supporting his 2005 album Are You a Dreamer? Released on the Militia Group, a label known for churning out poppy rock outfits rather than singer-songwriters, it stays true to its title and explores a dreamy, sleep-related theme partly inspired by his own artistic process. “That’s the great thing about creativity,” he explains. “It’s kind of like dreaming in that nothing has to quite add up. Sometimes you can get away with something that’s a little bit surreal.” —Leah Weinberg THURSDAY


AMERICANA | Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians

Thurs. Feb. 9
Pour House

Most folks only know Patterson Hood as one-fifth of Athens triple guitar rock juggernaut The Drive-By Truckers. Situations like the present, though, in which the Truckers are between their breakout Dirty South album and the upcoming Blessing and a Curse, sometimes allow the good-natured singer/songwriter/guitarist to venture off the beaten path. Hood’s been balancing the solo thing with his Truckers gig for some time now. Last year, he put together a new backing band, The Screwtopians, which has no real set lineup but regularly includes DBT drummer Brad Morgan and steel guitarist John Neff. Hood’s fellow Athens performer Don Chambers (of GOAT) has also played a part in the group, joining in with some songs of his own. With the exception of Chambers, each member of Hood’s Screwtopians should be a familiar face for anyone who’s seen the Truckers in a live setting within the last year or so. The inclusion of Chambers provides some new fittings for the backwoods barroom howler’s material and rough-edged guitar picking. —Michael Andrews THURSDAY

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