Local pop/rock cover band The Cool are on the lookout for a new drummer who “must be able to play all styles and work with click track.” Timekeepers should contact Bill at 343-2524, at theband@thecool.biz, or check www.thecool.biz. Popular world/jam rock band Sol Driven Train are hoping to replace their longtime bassist, Davis Buckheister, who announced his departure last month upon his engagement. “The band is currently auditioning for an experienced, creative, and committed bassist to hit the road with us,” says singer/guitarist Joel Timmons. “Versatility, backup vocals, multi-instrumental talent, pro equipment, stage presence, and a professional perspective are all positives.” Contact Joel at joel@soldriventrain.com or check www.soldriventrain.com.

Smilefest 2006, one of the Southeast’s largest music (mostly bluegrass, alt-country, and jam bands) and camping festivals, is slated for Fri. June 2 through Sun. June 4 at the Gorges Music Park in Lake Toxaway, N.C. Headliners include Keller Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sam Bush, The Avett Brothers, and Herring, Rodgers & Sipe, among many others. Check out the highly comprehensive website at www.smilefest.com for more info.

Local singer/songwriter and longtime Folly Beach resident Rick Huff died of smoke inhalation during a mid-morning house fire at his home on 2nd Street on Thurs. May 25. Huff, considered by many locals to be “the poet laureate of Folly,” recently organized the Folly Beach Songwriters Guild and regularly performed with local musicians. He was 60.

“I signed a lease!” Clay Scales, owner of independent record shop 52.5 Records, announced last week. Just weeks ago, the store’s lease was bought out by a group of investors who plan to renovate the second and third floors above 271 and 273 King St. Landing on their feet in the bustling upper King district, 52.5 Records is ready to reopen at 561 King St. in the former Peggy Dress Shop spot. “It is two doors up from Magar Hat Works, across from Super Bad King of Fashion,” says Scales. “I’m hoping to reopen by mid-July, if all goes well. The space is nice and large and has tons of potential.” Check www.corporaterocksucks.com for more. —TBL

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