Country music superstar Willie Nelson recently extended his 2006 tour schedule, which kicked off in late January, to include a concert in Charleston at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium on Thurs. April 6. Nelson’s most recent release is a reggae/country album titled Countryman. Check www.ticketmaster.com or call 554-6060.


The Fourth Annual Charleston Battle of the Bands Competition has announced the five finalists to compete for cash and donated prizes at the Music Farm on Thurs. March 23. Five local acts were chosen from all of the collected entries. Sponsored by CofC’s Public Relations Student Association, the event features five rock and rap acts: Tyler Pull Dolls, ACE & O.C., The Golden Palace, Stellar Door, and Fireworks Show. Each will perform a quick set (approximately 20-25 minutes). The winners will be decided by a panel of “celebrity judges,” including 98X DJ Amy Hutto (host of Local X), musician Evan Bivins (formerly of Jump), and yours truly (see Feedback File on p. 53). Local X cohost Potter is set to emcee the proceedings. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door, and 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 Living Room, located downtown at 428 King St., kicks off a weekly reggae music series this Sun. March 12. Capturing the “ultimate vibe of the Island,” the “Reggae Me Crazy” events will feature bands and DJs, Caribbean cuisine, and dance contests. For the entire lowdown, check www.rawdoggentertainment.com.


This month, a new addition to the downtown club scene made a splash, when Tonik opened in the former Pluto Rocks location at 479 King St. Live bands and DJs are featured throughout the week. Call 709-5050 for more. Opening Fri. March 10 — just in time for St. Patrick’s Day — is the Fiddler’s Green Pub, an Irish-style tavern located in an entirely renovated spot in the former Lagerhead Tavern location at 730-G Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. Another spicy new addition to the live music scene is D.D. Pecker’s Wing Shack — an offshoot from the original venue in Charlotte, N.C. Located in West Ashley at 1660 Savannah Hwy., the restaurant will feature live acts and singer/guitarists several nights per week. Check www.ddpeckers.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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