New Disc: Number One Contender

It has been long in the works — local rock quintet Number One Contender’s new studio album Closer — a follow-up to their debut disc The Album. The band worked with local studio producer Eric Bass (of Shinedown) for several months at Ocean Industries Studio, then mixed 10 songs with Grammy award-winning producer/mixer Skidd Mills and mastered the album with engineer Brad Blackwood. The final result is a well-polished and aggressive collection set for independent release this month. The band — lead vocalist Reid Johnson, guitarists Alan Price and Damon Jackson, bassist Jonathan Holt, and drummer Paul Huck — have a big CD release show planned at the Music Farm for Sat. Oct. 18 with support from Souls Harbor and DJ Moo Moo. Admission ($10 advance and $13 day-of-show) includes a free copy of the new album. Visit and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Loki Festival 2008

Deerfields, the popular festival site outside of Asheville, N.C., may be seeing its most ambitious event yet this weekend, when the inaugural Loki Music Festival kicks off Friday night. Among the dozens of performers are The Roots, Toubab Krewe, Toots & The Maytals, George Porter, George Clinton, Mofro, Jon Fishman (of Phish), and the jam scene’s favorite extraterrestrial, Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.). An autumn weekend in the mountains with a handful of funk masters? Our tents and coolers are packed. See for more.
Stratton Lawrence

Meyer & Thile at Music Hall

Bluegrass fans should be delighted to see upright bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile. The pair are scheduled for a concert at the Charleston Music Hall on Fri. Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. as the City Paper and The Bridge at 105.5 present “An Evening with” the two string players. Thile is best known as mandolinist and vocalist for the acoustic trio Nickel Creek. Meyer, a versatile musician of many styles, is recognized for his work with Béla Fleck, Joshua Bell, Sam Bush, and Nickel Creek, among many other diverse acts. Nonesuch Records recently issued a self-titled, 12-song Meyer & Thile album, replete with a 50-minute DVD. Tickets are available for $30 in advance and $35 day-of-show. Check out and for more. —TBL

Awendaw Green, the new East Cooper outdoor music venue located on Highway 17 in Awendaw (just past the Seewee Outpost, next to Hidden Ponds Nursery) announced their official lineup for a two-day Rocktoberfest concert and chili cook-off. Over 30 local and regional bands (check the Music Board listings for updates) will perform to raise money benefiting the Wando High School band program. The festival kicks off on Sat. Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. with live music on two stages (a “barn” stage and a “porch” stage”). Day two starts at 10 a.m. Two-day passes are available for $20 through Visit for more. —TBL

Russell/Hewitt duo at Crave

Last week, acoustic rock/folk duo Rene Russell (guitar and vocals) and Gary Hewitt (upright bass and vocals) — they normally play weekends at Morgan Creek Grill on the IOP — kicked off a weekly series of Thursday evening shows across the Waterway at East Cooper bistro Crave Kitchen & Cocktails (1968 Riviera Drive, 843-884-1177). They’ll perform a wide variety of acoustic tunes in the wine bar from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday through October. Visit and for more. —TBL

Midday Café: Acoustic at Noisette

The Navy Yard Community Association and café at 10 Storehouse Row (by Tracy’s at 2120 Noisette Blvd. in North Charleston) present Midday Café — a weekly lunchtime acoustic series this month in conjunction with local business sponsors. The series started last Friday with a set by duo McKee & Stone. This Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., reggae act Mystic Duo is set to perform a variety of Caribbean grooves. Upcoming acts include Sharon Robles, Sage & Spirit, and Boss Hawg. Check out for more. —TBL

Sunday Benefit Rock Show in Summerville

Summerville tavern Hurricane Alley (1761 N. Main St., 843-873-9220) hosts the all-day Music for Breast Cancer Awareness event on Sun. Oct. 12 from 3 p.m. ’til late. It’s a benefit aimed at raising funds and awareness for breast cancer patients. There will be a raffle and music from Jefferson Coker, Jamisun, Virgil Kain, Koffeeshop Commandos, Blindsyght, Paul Nunez, The Citizen, Stoneking, Numb909, and members of Neverthaless. Check —TBL

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