YES AT THE HOB
Prog-rock band Yes has been close to the edge a time or two, seeing more than a few good people make the roundabout through the band. After a four-year hiatus, they’ll hit the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on Sat. Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The band’s 2008 reunion was almost held up by lead singer Jon Anderson’s contraction of an acute respiratory disease. Bassist Chris Squire turned to YouTube, discovering a video of French-Canadian Benoit David singing in a Yes cover band. Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White recruited the former salesman and hit the road, snagging Oliver Wakefield on keys after his father Rick quit the band for the fifth time in their four-decade history. (Karaoke studs take note — Journey and Boston both acquired their new lead singers via YouTube as well.) Reportedly, Anderson was initially disappointed with the band’s unwillingness to wait for his recovery, but he has since given his blessing to the tour. Good to know one of the ’70’s biggest sounds is willing to give peace a chance, because lonely hearts are no fun. Tickets are $38.50. Visit www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach and for more. —Stratton Lawrence
In recent months, the Millennium Music folks transformed their web-centric FeedYourPlayer.com into AbundaTrade.com, which allows users to trade in their old CDs and DVDs in exchange for a variety of electronic devices. Facing the holiday season, they’re getting even more creative as they offer a “Holiday Stimulus Plan” in which customers can trade in discs for cash or credit. “Most of us are richer than we realize,” says managing partner Kent Wagner, “and taking advantage of this unique resource will make your customers more comfortable buying their holiday gifts from you.” Visit www.abundarade.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
MUSIC & OYSTERS
The popular Oysters on the Point series kicks off at the Charleston Harbor Resort in Mt. Pleasant (20 Patriots Point Blvd.) on Sat. Dec. 6 in conjunction with the Parade of Boats and fireworks show in the harbor. They’ll have oysters, dogs, burgers, and wood-burning pits for s’mores fans to use. Local band The Blue Dogs perform on stage from 5-10 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit www.charlestonharborresort.com for more. —TBL
TAYLOR: ROCK ROYALTY
Singer/guitarist Benjamin Taylor — the son of folk-pop stars Carley Simon and James Taylor — is in the middle a series of Southeast dates this month in support of his new album, The Legend of Kung Folk Pt. 1 (Iris Records). Special studio guests include Morcheeba vocalist Skye Edwards, U.K. artist Jamie Cullum, and others. Taylor performs at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ at 10 p.m. on Wed. Dec. 10. Visit www.bentaylormusic.com and www.hometeambbq.com for more. —TBL
THE JESUS LIZARD TO REUNITE
Anyone familiar with the revved-up antics of singer/hollerer David Yow, guitarist Duane Denison, bassist David Wm. Sims, and drummer Mac McNeilly recognize the four as one of the most unconventional and aggressive post-punk acts of the 1990s — the Jesus Lizard. On the heels of a concert film The Jesus Lizard: Live (released by MVD Entertainment this month), the four original members of the band announced they will “reunite briefly in 2009 for a very limited series of live dates.” The gigs begin with the All Tomorrow’s Parties event in the U.K. in May. (The band is calling it “The Fans Strike Back in Minehead.”) They conclude the reunion with a final appearance in their hometown of Chicago in late November. These shows will be the Jesus Lizard’s first since disbanding in 1999. Touch & Go Records will reissue four full-length, remastered releases from the Jesus Lizard in May. Head, Goat, Liar, and Down will be available on both LP and CD, all with expanded packaging and liner notes. Visit www.touchandgorecords.com and www.mvdb2b.com for more. —TBL
A FUNKY GOOD TIME
Local groove combo Emotive — featuring vocalist Elise Testone, the guys from fusion/soul trio Black Eyed Susan, and sax player Cole Colon — host Emotive’s James Brown Dance Party at the Music Farm on Sat. Dec. 27. The sets will include plenty of hits and deep cuts from the Godfather of Soul and a few Brown-inspired originals as well. “We will be giving raffle tickets at the door for prizes for those that come in costume — hot pants and pimp suits,” says drummer/percussionist Adam Chase (also of Green Team Entertainment). Tickets are $7 in advance. For more, visit www.greenteamentertainment.com and www.myspace.com/musicemotive for more. —TBL
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