Thanks to the efforts of a hefty local lineup of local punk and metal bands — Fly Theory, Steve Hit Mike, Handgun Sonata, Summer Rerun, Indeed, Red Stars Fall, Fail-Safe Tragedy, a reunited Flaming Anus, and The Holy City Devils — and promotion from 98X’s Amy Hutto, and a slew of Charleston-area tattoo enthusiasts, an event held on Sat. June 17 at Holly’s Body Canvas (10150 Dorchester Road in Summerville), raised over $9,000 from the sale of food, drinks, and tats to benefit a five-year studio staffer’s recent medical bills (from treatments of colon cancer). See for more.

Singer/guitarist Ryan Adams and his backing band The Cardinals make their way back to town next month for a show at the Charleston Music Hall on Fri. July 28. They performed a show at the N. Charleston Performing Arts Center last June. Tickets are sale for $30 at and Millennium Music.

The Chuck Bigbee Memorial Benefit — dedicated to the memory of the longtime local musician who died of a sudden heart attack last summer — will take place at Big Deck Daddy’s (6893 Rivers Ave.) on Sun. July 16, with music starting at 3 p.m. Chuck’s brother, guitarist Everette Bigbee, will be on hand with his current blues/rock project, Big J. Hosaphat, along with local players Graham Whorley, “Nature Boy Nik” Flair, Jeannie Wiggins Band, and Paul Jameson. Proceeds benefit the American Heart and American Stroke Associations. Others who knew Chuck are encouraged to drop in or sign on to perform. Contact Celie Dailey at 330-4171, or e-mail the band at

Just in time to announce the June 27 grand opening of the Kiss Coffeehouse at 1325 Celebrity Cir. in Myrtle Beach (yes, a legitimate café opened by the band Kiss’ “exclusive merchandising company”), the music department received an invitation in the form of a Kiss coffee mug and a bag of ground “Kiss Roast” coffee. We found it to be surprisingly sweet, robust, and devoid of the bad taste and theatrics of the band’s late-era albums. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were on hand to cut the ribbon on the “most outrageous coffee and dessert shop ever constructed.” The venue features 20-foot-tall “smoking Kiss boots” and rare band memorabilia and costume pieces on display. Check for more. —TBL

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