ROCK | Blanco Diablo

w/ Broadside
Thurs. April 27
Village Tavern

Wow. Devoid of any production tricks, unnecessary frill or fuss, Charlotte-based power trio Blanco Diablo rock and rock damn hard. Lead singer and guitarist Jamie Ray, drummer Jeff Nunnery, and bassist Patrick Jason have kept busy touring the South this spring in support of a solid, brand-new debut album titled Paper Poison Revolution (Rock Ridge Music), a riff-riot, 12-song collection that lumbers and stomps at just the right pace (think Urge Overkill meets Sabbath and AC/DC’s Young brothers at Billy Gibbons’ Texas ranch). An amusing statement from their press kit: “They’ve got the sound, the look, the feel, gender appeal, ethnic appeal, curb appeal, excitement, apple pie, and even melancholy… hell, even your momma will think Blanco Diablo’s music is so good that it’s simply an affront to God.” A serious statement from frontman Ray: “We don’t adhere to any formulas. We trust our instincts and we take pride in cutting our own musical path.” Local rock quartet Broadside — singer John Prevost, guitarist Tim Ward, bassist Billy Sandler, and drummer Corey Limehouse — celebrated the release of their self-titled debut EP last month. Yow. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


ACOUSTIC-ROCK | Rene Russell

Fri. April 28 / Sat. April 29
Morgan Creek Grill

Rene Russell can handle almost any musical request. The singer/guitarist has nearly two decades’s worth of live performances under her belt, from Nashville to Texas to Charleston. In recent years, she’s won the adoration of local audiences with her technical proficiency on the 12-string, her versatility, and her warm singing style. She can make the transition from a U2 pop hit to an Eagles twanger to a Melissa Etheridge anthem with ease. “This is my third summer at Morgan Creek,” Russell says. “It’s an older crowd most of the time, but people of all ages come by and check out the music … kids and grandkids. Many request songs that are in my genre, but sometimes they’ll ask for something I don’t technically know — if I kind of know the music and they know some of the words, we’ll just do it together. That’s memorable for them. It’s a big, fun, casual thing. I’m not on a big stage. People can come right up and talk to me. It’s just a big party, really.” Russell plays regularly at Morgan Creek Grill at 80 41st Ave. on Isle of Palms. Showtime is 7 p.m. —TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY


JAM-ROCK | “The Last Waltz Tribute”

w/ Houndog, Polytoxic, guests
Sat. April 29
Pour House

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of director Martin Scorsese’s concert film, The Last Waltz, featuring The Band and a long list of rock and pop musical legends. This Saturday marks the local arrival of The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble — an all-star ensemble based out of Atlanta. Presented by Moonstruck Promotions, the rock ‘n’ roll circus has been on tour across the South all month. Guitarist Kris Gloer, of the Atlanta group Houndog, has been at the stagefront alongside a solid lineup of players. “I think every musician dreams of doing The Last Waltz and I’m in a unique position, having so many friends in the business,” says Gloer. “My imagination went wild and this is what happened. The Last Waltz is classic rock history. We’re striking a really responsive chord with audiences and selling out great music rooms. We feel like we’ve got some serious karma flowing.” Saturday’s performance will feature appearances by members of Denver-based jam band Polytoxic, Houndog, organist Dan Seifert (of Urban Shakedancers), saxophonist Grad Thomas (of Bluestring), Augusta-based vocalist Greg Hester, Rick Richards (a current member of Georgia Satellites and Izzy Stradlin’s Ju Ju Hounds), and other guests. Showtime is 10 p.m. —TBL SATURDAY


ROCKABILLY | Jem Crossland & The Hypertonics

w/ The Defilers
Sat. April 29
The Map Room

Popular local rock trio The Defilers officially call themselves a “rockabilly/greaser-punk/cowpunk three piece.” Guitarist Arleigh Hertzler, bassist Michael Dumas, and drummer Duck Reynolds deliver hard-hitting stuff — from Cash ‘n’ Hank Sr.-style country knee-slappers to Blasters/X-inspired punk anthems. This Saturday, the trio welcomes Charlotte-based rockabilly/boogie trio Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics to West Ashley. UK-born singer/guitarist Jem Crossland, bassist and sax player Chipps Baker (of the Belmont Playboys), and drummer John Marlow have a greasy Stray Cats look and a swingin’ sound, too. The trio describe themselves as a “rockabilly, roots-rock, country & western band … blending the best of traditional Americana with a pop ‘rockability’ to create a unique sound all our own.” They’ve been gigging at barbecue festivals and beer halls all over the Piedmont and Carolinas this year in support of a new disc titled Arsonist. Check www.jemandtonics.com for more, daddio. —TBL SATURDAY

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