Admittedly, we only went to Torch Thursday night because we heard Hootie would be there. Excuse me, Darius Rucker. We braved the crappy weather and headed to the smokiest bar in town to hopefully catch a glimpse of a childhood idol. What we found was an idol of a different kind. Lyndsey Goodman kicked off a summertime series Thursday night at Torch, packed into a front corner of the bar with a drummer, guitarist, upright bassist, and saxophonist. Goodman may be recognizable to American Idol fans as the Charleston Air Force pilot that sang Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet” on Season 7. Though Simon seemed impressed with her decidedly un-pilot-like looks, he said she was more cabaret than pop star, and she was turned down. Whether or not the judges made the wrong choice is up for debate, but Goodman proved to be a great lounge singer Thursday night, performing jazzy pop songs from the likes of Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat, and Van Morrison. Some patrons sat close and enjoyed the music, a few drunkies danced, and others (including a whole pack of cougars) just lounged around on the comfy chairs, smoking hookahs and absorbing the good vibes. And though Darius didn’t show, Hootie guitarist Mark Bryan made an appearance.

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