Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Sevendust crank things up on Thurs. Dec. 28; popular upstate Carolina singer/songwriter (and recent TV show host) Edwin McCain headlines with full band in tow on Sat. Dec. 30; Shinedown lead the countdown to the new year on Sun. Dec. 31; Collective Soul make a stop on their tour on Sat. Jan. 6. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.


96 Wave and the Windjammer present a special blues-rock charity show at the IOP venue on Fri. Dec. 22. The south Georgia-based Robbie Ducey Band – lead guitarist/singer Robbie Ducey, bassist Mark Jones, and drummer Burt Rayburn – plan to play two sets of their mix of psychedelic rock, electric blues, and boogie (much of which is available on a new album titled Acey Ducey) starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $8. All proceeds at the door shall be donated to the Tara Hall Home for Boys (www.tarahall.org), a Georgetown-based facility that works with “neglected, troubled, and abused boys” to develop “moral, social, educational and life skills, thus building responsible contributing adults.” See www.robbieducey.com and www.the-windjammer.com for more.


Charleston singer/guitarist Ryan Carducci (of indie-rock trio Lowercase Thieves) hosts a special edition of the monthly series “Thursdays with Friends” on Thurs. Dec. 28 at the Map Room. Defilers guitarist Arleigh Hertzler will be the guest of honor on stage as he hits the 30th birthday mark that evening. The “songwriters in the round” setting will feature several local players. Check out www.themaproom.net and www.myspace.com/thursdayswithfriends for more.


Tickets are now on sale for what the N. Charleston Performing Arts Center calls “one incredible night of classic R&B” – a double-bill on Fri. March 16 featuring whatever the latest versions might be of Motown legends The Temptations and the Four Tops. Tickets are available for $68.50 and $53.50 (plus applicable fees) at the Coliseum Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at 554-6060, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. A pricey ticket, perhaps, butworth it for such hits as “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Get Ready,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” and “Reach Out (I’ll be There).” Goodness knows. –TBL

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