The “Lowcountry Karaoke Idol” contest series continues to heat up as wannabe “idols” duke it out every week for the grand prize of $1,500 and runner-up prizes of $500 and $250 (decided during the “grand finale” on June 10). The contest continues through the spring with weekly episodes on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. at Art’s Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant, on Tuesday nights at the Firehouse in West Ashley, and at several other bars and restaurants in the Lowcountry.

Charleston-based singer/songwriter Lindsay Holler just finished production work on her new EP, Malleable. “We’ve got a new line-up with Nick Jenkins on the drums, Michael Hanf on percussion and vibes, and me on vocals and guitar, with more odds and ends, too,” Holler says. “The new disc is a little twang, a little sass, and a little late-night ambiguity.” Holler and her band open for local trio A Decent Animal at the Map Room on Thurs. May 11. For info and audio samples, check www.lindsayholler.com.

18-year-old rapper Bow Wow (formerly “Lil’ Bow Wow”) is on tour behind his fourth Sony release, Wanted, with a concert confirmed for Sat. May 13 at the N. Charleston Coliseum. His latest single “Like You” was included in the recently-released compilation Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 20. Tickets for the Charleston gig are available for $36 at Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 554-6060. Check www.lilbowwow.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more.

The Village Tavern in Mt. P recently posted an impressive and lengthy lineup of newly-confirmed acts on their spring and summer schedule (check www.village-tavern.com/bands.html). This week, look for Capitol/Hideout recording artist Huck Johns (formerly of Gloryhole UK), Derek Webb (of Caedmon’s Call), Sandra McCracken, and Feable Weiner (see p. 64).

The annual “A Taste of Beaufort” event, set for Sat. May 6 on Main Street in downtown Beaufort, will feature several prominent regional jammy/bluesy live acts this year. Look for Atlanta’s fiery Blueground Undergrass as they share the main stage in the afternoon alongside Red Moon, Elliot & The Untouchables, and Entropy. Over 20 local restaurants begin serving at 11:00 a.m. Call 843-525-6644 or check www.atasteofbeaufort.com for info.

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