LOWCOUNTRY IDOLS
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.

HOLLER HOLLAH
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.

“WANTED” TOUR: BOW WOW
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.

WHAT A LINEUP!
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).

JUST A TASTE?
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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