News came in a week ago on veteran Charleston sound engineer Wayne Slagle, who suffered a few serious physical injuries after falling from a ladder. Over the last week, friends and colleagues have organized a fund-raising event, scheduled for Sat. April 12 at the Windjammer. Slagle is well known among local bands as a skillful sound man who keeps super busy engineering shows at clubs and events around town. He’s currently one of the main engineers behind the board at the Music Farm. According to Music Farm General Manager Kristen Thompson, Slagle was injured on March 27 while hanging rigging for the Kevin Costner and Modern West Show. His injuries include several broken ribs, damaged vertebrae, bruised lungs, and serious cuts. “Wayne is doing amazingly well, considering what happened,” says Thompson. “It could have been far worse than it was, so we are grateful. He’ll have to take it very easy for the next couple months, though.” Slagle spent time at MUSC but is on the road to recovery. Saturday’s all-night benefit show — nicknamed Slaglepalooza — features many of his longtime music scene pals. Music on the ‘Jammer stage starts at 6 p.m. with sets from TrickKnee, The Hed Shop Boys, The Modern Day Monks, and Spunjwurthi (with members of Dr. Buzzard). The Blue Dogs hit the stage at 11 p.m., and Uncle Mingo bring the funk at 12:30 a.m. Admission is $20. Visit www.the-windjammer.com for more.
Piccolo Spoleto: Jazz and Blues
Piccolo Spoleto presents a cool variety of local and visiting jazz, blues, and soul acts during a two-week series. Special events include various blues gigs at A Dough Re Mi Pizzeria, Bowen’s Island Restaurant, and JB Pivots Beach Club, the Lowcountry Blues Sunset, the Early Bird Blues Series at Mad River Bar & Grille, John Street Jazz at Gallery Chuma, the Piccolo Jazz Harbor Cruise, and the Rolling on the River Review. See www.piccolospoleto.com for more.
Piccolo Spoleto: JAC’s Special events
The newly-formed Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) recently announced its official partnership with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in producing a significant chunk of Piccolo’s jazz lineup — the “preview concert” Footnotes at Footlight on Sun. May 18, the vibrant Cuban Block Party on Sat. May 31, a Holy City Homecoming (featuring Gradual Lean and Clay Ross’s Mutato) on Tues. June 3, and the 12-night Upstairs at Mistral Series, which kicks off on Sat. May 24 with the Barbour/Beck Duo. Each Mistral gig features an early set at 7:30 p.m. and a late set at 10:30 p.m. Featured acts include vocalist Bobbie Storm, the Charleston Allstars (featuring George Kenny, Ann Caldwell, Bobbie Storm, flutist David Heywood, Brazilian guitarist Duda Lucena, trumpeter Kevin Hackler, the Kopaja Trio, vocalist Leah Suárez, the Mark Sterbank Jazz Group, Robert Lewis and Fearless Jones, The Rudy Waltz, and the Tommy Gill Trio. Mistral is located at 99 S. Market St. Go online to www.piccolospoleto.com and www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org for more.
OVERDRIVE TAKES TOP SPOT IN BAND BATTLE
Congrats to Charleston hard-rock quartet OverDrive on winning this year’s March Madness Battle of the Bands, held last month at the Village Tavern. See www.myspace.com/theoverdriveband for more.
IT’S KRUSH TIME
Vintage Charleston “rock ‘n’ roll party band” The Krushtones — featuring local singer/guitarist John Krucke — return for a 25th anniversary reunion weekend at the Sand Dollar (7 Center St., 843-588-9498) on Folly Beach. The band was well-known in the ’80s and early-’90s as a serious, boogie-down rock production. Expect renditions of Beatles, Stones, Who, Dead, and Chuck Berry tunes, as well as a few Krushtones originals including Sand Dollar’s favorite, “Got a Date with a Babe.” For more, see www.johnkrucke.com.
Down on the ol’ Suwannee
From David Grisman’s Dawg-music to Donna the Buffalo, last weekend’s Springfest on the Suwannee River was an idyllic a way to kick off the blooming season. A few dozen Charlestonians made the trek down to north Florida, dancing and picking the days and nights away under Spanish moss-laden cypress trees. Read an online exclusive full review of the festival at www.charlestoncitypaper.com.
DROWNING POOL Play Double-Header
Dallas-based metal quartet Drowning Pool perform an all-acoustic set at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ (1205 Ashley River Road) at 2 p.m. before heading up to Goose Creek venue The Dive (1680 Fletcher St.) for a show at 8:30 p.m. See Music Board and visit www.drowningpool.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
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