COMPETITION | “Charleston Battle of the Bands”
w/ The Tyler Pull Dolls, ACE & O.C., Golden Palace, Stellar Door, Fireworks Show
Thurs. March 23
Music Farm
$8 ($5 adv.)

It’s time for another College of Charleston-sponsored “battle of the bands” and it goes down at the Music Farm this time around. Sponsored by the CofC’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the fourth annual “Charleston Battle of the Bands” features five local finalists: The Tyler Pull Dolls, ACE & O.C., Golden Palace (pictured above), Stellar Door, and Fireworks Show. Each act has an allotment of 25 minutes or so in which to play on the Music Farm stage, rally their fans, and dazzle a panel of local “celebrity judges.” 98X afternoon disc jockey Potter is set to emcee. Bands will be judged for “stage presence,” “vocal strength,” “instrumental skill,” “crowd interaction,” and “originality.” 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. Call 853-3276 (or check out “Feedback File” in the music section online) for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


POP-ROCK | The Fire Apes
w/ Jealousy Curve
Fri. March 24
Music Farm

Singer/guitarist John Seymour has been a major player in the Charleston music scene for over 15 years. As bandleader with local power-pop quartet The Fire Apes, he’s demonstrated his talent as a master of executing hooks and melodies. The current version of the Apes includes Seymour, drummer Tom Hamer, bassist Julian Volpe, and recent addition, keyboardist Hugh Knight. They officially release their new, self-titled EP (they look like The Feelies on the bright blue cover) this Friday. The band and special guests (cellist Ward Williams, drummer Paolo Licciardi) recorded the five tunes at Fusion 5 Studio with producer Eric Bass. Philadelphia alt-rock quartet Jealousy Curve — on tour behind their new album Life as an Addict — open the show at 10 p.m. —TBL FRIDAY


AMERICANA | Buddy Miller
Sat. March 25

For nearly four decades, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and studio producer Buddy Miller has enjoyed collaborating and jamming with a wide variety of American folk and country artists. Best known for his work as guitarist in Emmylou Harris’ touring band and as part of a duo with his wife, Julie Miller, the bushy-haired 51-year-old recently released a “roots gospel” album titled Universal United House of Prayer as his debut for the New West label — a self-produced, 11-song collection of original tunes and gospel-tinged songs that embrace a variety of roots music styles. Featured tracks include renditions of Bob Dylan, The Louvin Brothers, and Victoria Williams. The gospel voices of Regina and Ann McCrary (daughters of Fairfield Four founder Rev. Sam McCrary) are highlights across the entire album. —TBL SATURDAY


FUNK | Stanton Moore Trio
w/ Lonnie Smith and Will Bernard
Sun. March 26
The Pour House

Bespectacled drummer Stanton Moore is a founding member of New Orleans-based pure funk band Galactic — a powerfully groovy group that made a huge splash in the jam band scene of the 1990s. Moore’s hot chops and solid backbeats put him in high demand through the years. He’s collaborated in both live and studio settings with a variety of jazz, rock, and funk acts, including Charlie Hunter, Sherik, Karl Denson, Corrosion of Conformity, the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, and former Sun Ra trumpet player, Michael Ray. Things get funky on his latest “solo” effort — a collection Moore recently recorded in New Orleans as a follow-up to his 1998 debut solo album, All Kooked Out. His touring trio includes two jazz world legends: jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and West Coast guitarist Will Bernard. —TBL SUNDAY

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