THE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT
The Pour House announced last week that they can no longer allow entry to those below the legal drinking age without a legal guardian or family member present. “The past three years have been without incident, but in the past week we have had some huge problems — people washing off the Xs on their hands, trying to sneak drinks, and being overtly disrespectful to the house rules, in turn adding undue stress to our bartenders and security,” read the official statement posted on Facebook. The Pour House apologized to those minors who have respected the rules, but explained the liability of continuing their all-ages policy was too great. Concerts by acts with large younger followings will be advertised as all-ages shows on a per event basis. —Stratton Lawrence
ZACH DEPUTY IN NEED OF A BAILOUT
Charleston favorite and Hilton Head native Zach Deputy suffered a setback last week when his tour truck was stolen from a hotel parking lot in New Jersey. The one-man-band performs with an array of instruments and electronic gadgets, all of which were lost, at a total value of $85,000. His computer, which included all of his recent updates to his forthcoming record, was lost as well. He is accepting donations to continue his tour and recording at www.zachdeputy.com/savetheshow. “Zach is totally upbeat and eternally grateful for the outpouring of support. We’re trying to stimulate the Zach Deputy economy,” says Deputy’s manager, Tom Baggott. “If you’ve ever thought of buying a Zach Deputy CD, this is a good time.” Baggott says that “come hell or high water” Deputy will be ready to get back on tour this week. —Stratton Lawrence
LOGGINS, MESSINA … FLECK … LIGHTFOOT?
The gang at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center announced three big fall concerts last week. Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot — known for such majestic acoustic ballads and tunes as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” — will perform on Sat. May 9 at 8 p.m. Classic rock act Loggins & Messina — singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and guitarist/producer Jim Messina (a founding member of Poco) — is set to perform a concert at the venue on Tues. Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Loggins is best known for his snappy pop hits “This is It,” “Footloose,” “I’m Alright,” and “Danger Zone.” The duo reunited in 2005 for a new album titled Sittin’ in Again, followed by their first national tour in 30 years. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are also solid for a date at the PAC. The virtuosic banjo player and his band are scheduled for a show on Sat. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in support of a new collection titled Throw Down Your Heart/Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol 3: Africa Sessions (Rounder). Tickets are on sale via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at (843) 554-6060. Visit www.coliseumpac.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
SNOOP IN THE HOUSE
Grammy Award-nominated West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg is solid for a concert date at the Music Farm on Sat. May 16 at 8 p.m. Snoop Dogg — one of producer Dr. Dre’s most notable protégés — is on the road in support of a new 21-track album titled Ego Trippin’ (Geffen). He recently worked with MTV on a reality show titled Dogg After Dark. Tickets are $40. Visit www.musicfarm.com and www.snoopdogg.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
COUNTRY AT THE DIVE
Modern country singer Rhett Akins — a Nashville veteran with a patriotic, big-guitar style — has worked heavily as a songwriter and arranger with the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams, Jr., and Jake Owen. He and his band headline The Dive (1680 Fletcher St.) in Goose Creek on Thurs. March 26 in support of his latest album, People Like Me. See www.myspace.com/thediverocks and www.rhettakins.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
VOODOO JAZZ FINALE
Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge’s lengthy “Winter Jazz Series” concludes this week with two sets from the Robert Lewis Trio, led by saxophonist, composer, and educator Robert Lewis. The band features Frank Duvall on bass and Stuart White on drums. They’ll play a mix of acoustic jazz standards and originals at the Avondale venue at 9 p.m. on Sat. March 28. Check out www.voodootikibar.com and www.robertlewismusic.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
SWEET OR ICKY NEW DESIGN?
Raleigh-based, lady-fronted party-rock band Sugar (a.k.a. “Sugar the Band”) has become popular in Charleston for its mix of popular rock, funk, and pop covers. Led by vocalist/guitarist Kat Whitaker, the quintet recently announced a new game plan and a confusingly capitalized band name. “Sugar the Band will change its name to tHE DESIGN over the next six months,” reads a recent press release. “Same band, same great music.” Check them out at the Windjammer on Sat. April 4, and visit www.thedesignmusic.com and www.myspace.com/sugarthebandcom for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann
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